Ivory coloured glove stretcher

Side view of a glove stretcher showing the pointed tip and curved handles. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the pointed tip and curved handles. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the flat top and bottom. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the pointed tip. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the flat top and bottom. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the flat top and bottom. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the curved handles. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the flat top and bottom.
Side view of a glove stretcher showing the pointed tip and curved handles. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the pointed tip and curved handles. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the flat top and bottom. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the pointed tip. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the flat top and bottom. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the flat top and bottom. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the curved handles. Side view of a glove stretcher showing the flat top and bottom.

Description

Made from thermoformed cellulose nitrate, this glove stretcher is in imitation of ivory and thought to date from the late 19th century or early 20th century. Glove stretchers were used to ease tight kid leather gloves to fit on the fingers and to help restore the shape of the fingers of gloves after they had been washed. The pointed ends would have been inserted into each finger and the handles compressed together, forcing the ends to splay out and stretch the leather. This example has a metal spring mechanism and metal rivets.
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Object number

AIBDC : 008707

Date

1890 - 1920 (circa)

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Method

Dimensions
Width
50mm
Depth
10mm
Length
170mm

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