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Leather gloves stylized as medieval gloves for a courtier. A pair of these historical gloves will work as a beautiful addition to a historical costume. They will also provide proper protection to the wearers hands.
Each of our courtier gloves have five fingers. We make them from beautiful cowhide of yellow color. This model of medieval gloves is made of one layer of soft, thin leather without lining. They are finished with hand stitching around cuffs.
These historical gloves for a courtier are lightweight and easy to put on. They work well as a complement of an outfit which underlines one's social status. What is more, they provide basic protection during light sparring combats.
In order to match the size of these medieval gloves to your hand, please review the size chart below:
Product may have imperfections typical for natural leather. The historical gloves may slightly differ in leather tone.
Courtier’s medieval gloves in historical sources
Similar medieval gloves can be found in numerous historical sources. One example is the 14th century Codex Manesse, which is the most important collection of German poetry from the medieval period. There is an image presenting Conrad of Hohenstaufen with an eagle during a hunt, and one can notice similar gloves worn by this character. Codex Manesse is kept in the library of Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.
Main features of leather medieval gloves:
- hand-stitching on the cuff
- subtle stitchings visible on the outer layer
- five-finger gloves
- long, flared cuffs
- made of thin, soft leather in yellow color
- lightweight, easy to put on
Glove-making as a profession
A craft which dealt with making leather gallantry was glove-making. It is one of the oldest crafts which is proven by numerous findings from all Europe.
Not all medieval towns had standalone glove-makers guilds. Part of this work was taken by other crafts focused on leather accessories. In the 18th century a mass production of gloves was shaped.
Luxurious items of this kind were made of leather of animal origin: goat, sheep, calf, or deer. An outer layer had to be thin in order to fit a hand shape, especially female ones.
In the past, gloves were worn not only as a cover against cold but mostly as a decoration. They had an important role during religious and secular events and were supposed to attract others visually.
Gloves in the Middle Ages
Gloves in the past were a symbol of law and authority. Wearing garments and items made of leather was a privilege and only small group of people could afford to wear beautifully made and ornamented gloves. Gloves played an important role during medieval customs, for example a vassal handed a glove, a cane, or a facsimile during the ceremony of pledge of allegiance to a lord or a monarch . Formerly there was a also a tradition of throwing a glove in order to challenge someone.