Finding and, even more importantly, being able to identify vintage gloves can be quite a challenge – believe me! If you’re just starting out, you may want to select a particular style of glove or maybe just a timeframe that interests you. After that, do your homework! It’s not an easy task but really helps in making smarter decisions and your money will definitely go farther.

    Here are a few tips to get you started.

    Early 1900’s – Fabrics: cotton lisle, silk, kid leather and suede. More expensive gloves were lined in silk and winter gloves lined in wool or fur. Look for tight-fitting gloves with buttoning from the wrist to the top of the glove. Evening gloves typically had 12-20 buttons. Many had stitched embroidery on the top of the glove or all over.

    1920’s – Gloves were beginning to be worn less and they were not as fancy with the exception of the Gauntlet glove (folded-down cuffs).Open mesh gloves were worn in summer and leather or wool in winter. Buttons were less evident and elasticized panels were introduced.

    1930’s - Gloves were worn even less. Crochet and knit gloves were hand made. There were also fabric gloves and plain leather gloves for winter. Scallops, petals and embroidery were popular in Gauntlet gloves.

    You’ve heard a picture is worth a thousand words and it’s so true - especially with collecting most anything. “Ladies Vintage Accessories” by LaRee Johnson Bouton is a wonderful book that combines ladies’ accessories by decade.

     You can start looking for your treasures at The Brass Armadillo.  We have a number of vendors who specialize in gloves, hats, purses and scarves. After that, just have fun!

    In my next blog, I’ll share some tips on identifying gloves in the 1940’s-1960’s.