Words seem quite inadequate to describe the wonderful embroidered gloves in the collection of the Worshipful Glovers. It is truly a stunning collection and you must click here to visit and see with your own eyes all the examples. You will need to then click on Glove Collections on the menu on the left hand side of the page.
Often made as special gifts - sometimes for the New Year, they would also have been perfumed. William Shakespeare's father, John, was a glover, but it is likely he would have specialised in the leather of the gloves and not the embroidery. This pelican in her piety suggests the gloves were intended for a religious or responsible governor.