In France, the Glovers had formed themselves into a company as early as 1190.
By the middle of fourteenth century, the occupation of Glover was big business throughout Europe (Beck, 1969, p. Glovers used a number of skins, fabrics, scents, and decorations in the crafting of gloves which varied in length, shape, and color. From the 1400s onwards, gloves made from the skins of lamb, sheep, doe, calf, hare, and chicken were in demand by the upper echelons of society.
These gloves would be beautifully fringed and edged, richly embroidered and worked with gold thread or colorful silk threads, and some were adorned with precious stones. By the 1500s, fine leather fashion gloves as well as scented gloves were being produced in Spain, Italy, France, and England (Laver, 2002, p. These gloves were so thin that they fitted into a walnut shell.
The common folk generally wore gloves of less expensive skins (Beck, 1969, p. The term chicken gloves became a misnomer as these skins were soon superseded by the thin and fine skins of unborn calves. From 1500 onwards, fabric gloves crafted from silk, satin, velvet, cotton, and linen were stylish.
Its purpose is to lift the veil on some interesting aspects of gloves drawn mainly from secondary sources and interpreted by the writer through a process of cross-referencing data from different historical sources.