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Should you pull off those little pill balls inside your cashmere lined gloves? No, it will make the lining wear out faster.

Is your hand size always the same as your foot size? Not always, but in most cases yes.

Always put your gloves on indoors while your hands are still warm. Gloves keep the heat in, they do not produce heat.

What are warmer, gloves or mitts? Mitts are warmer as the fingers are all together, keeping each other warm, not separated as in gloves.

Do you like a very tight fitting glove? Actually, tight gloves are cold as there is no room for circulation, plus the added stress on the seams can reduce the life of the glove.

Historical facts

The oldest gloves in existence are a pair of linen gloves that were found in the tomb of King Tut, who died in 1350 B.C.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the fingers of a glove were sometimes eleven inches longer than the hand and they had to be filled with paper.

As a token of love, a Knight would ask for his lady's glove to wear in his helmet during tournaments or in battle.

King Charles IV was so fond of gloves that he wore over 200 pairs in a single year.

The Victorians wore very tight fitting gloves, and it could take as long as twenty minutes to put on a single glove.

Napoleon encouraged Josephine and all the ladies to wear gloves. In 1806 he was said to have owned 240 pairs, many lined with Ermine (mink).

Flinging down the gauntlet is a historical custom. The plaintiff would demand satisfaction by throwing down his glove which was immediately taken up by his opponent at the point of a sword, and the day of combat would be arranged.

The second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, had six fingers on one hand and she wore special gloves all of her life to hide her condition. She also had three breasts.

Thumb Die
Cuff Binding Die
Thumb Stretcher and Finger Turner
Leather Gauge
Nylon Thread and #5 Glover's Needle