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from Gunnister, Northmavine, Shetland

Postcard of Gloves.
© National Museums Scotland


This pair of woollen knitted gauntlet gloves was discovered on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland, in the late 17th century.

The gloves have been knitted mainly in a stocking stitch pattern, one row plain, one row purl. There are a few rows of garter stitch (all plain rows) on the cuff to create a pattern.

When he died, the man was wearing a coat, jacket, shirt, breeches, cap and stockings. Some of his possessions were a wooden pail, a horn spoon and a knife handle, which could possibly have been used for preparing and eating food.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-400-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NA 1044
Date: Late 17th century
Dimensions: 343 mm L
What: Glove
Subject: Costume, etc. (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Northmavine, Gunnister
Description: Pair of light brown knitted gauntlet gloves, found at Gunnister, Shetland
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