C.1840-1860. Fingerless lace mitts were extremely popular during the 1840's and 1850's. They were worn into the 1860's but mostly by older women who would have been used to the style during their youth. This
pair is made out of white cotton, woven into a fine lace pattern. They were pretty much one size fits all as they stretched quite a bit. contrary to how narrow they look. They were made in different lengths from short hand lengths ones to 3/4 length ones, which ended mid forearm and would have been worn for evening wear. Hand length and wrist length ones such as these, would have been worn for
day wear. Black was also a popular colour in them.
(Formerly L. Hidic)