This is a delightful and unique pair of fine cream candlelight satin silk wrist to elbow gauntlets and would make the most glamorous accessory to an evening dress or for a bride. Tiny silver tone glass baguette beads surround fine mesh 'lace' cutouts in the satin in a sort of paisley pattern which runs all the way up the center of the arm. Small rhinestones set in prongs are interspersed within the design for even more sparkle. The photos make the baguette beads look very much darker than they actually are, so please see the last photo for a more accurate idea of their color and how they reflect good light. The satin is lustrous and luxurious.
They are designed to just cover the knuckles of the hand, tapering to a narrow wrist, are finely gathered at the inside of the elbow and above the outside of the elbow ending in a gentle ruffle to accommodate the top of the arm just above the elbow. A narrow metal zipper is in place to help the hand through and to keep them in a snug position when closed.
All of the work is done by hand, other than the long side seams which are machine stitched. They are just incredibly elegant and different!
I would think these could be considered small to medium in size. Approximate measurements are:
Total length : 18.5"
Narrowest point through which the hand must slip : about 7" to 7 1/4". This is basically the circumference from the first thumb joint to the first joint of the little finger when the thumb is tucked under the fingers. For example, my hand measures 8 3/4" when the thumb is tucked under the fingers and I cannot get these 'gloves' on.
Circumference at top edge for arm : 12"
They are in excellent overall vintage condition. I can only find one little baguette bead and one rhinestone which have been lost and two tiny 4mm areas where the strung beads need a stitch or two to be reattached to the edge of the lace insert. Both zippers are in perfect working order and there is no wear to the satin and no stains.
These are not only classic and unique beauties for collectors but they are completely wearable glamour!
Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any queries, requests for further measurements or for some more photos.
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