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A rare pair of ladies' knitted silk and metal thread mittens, probably Italian, late 17th-early 18th century. of fine rose-pink silk with diapered and spotted patterns in gold and silver thread, the curved finger guard lined in lustrous gold braid, and edged with gold fringes, 26cm, 10in long

Pair of ladies' mittens, probably Italy, late century. Knitted fine rose-pink knitted silk with diapered and spotted patterns in gold and silver thread, the curved finger guard lined in lustrous gold braid, edged with gold fringes.

Detail, pair of ladies' mittens, probably Italy, late 17th-early 18th century. Knitted fine rose-pink knitted silk with diapered and spotted patterns in gold and silver thread, the curved finger guard lined in lustrous gold braid, edged with gold fringes.

Detail, pair of ladies' mittens, probably Italy, late 17th-early 18th century. Knitted fine rose-pink knitted silk with diapered and spotted patterns in gold and silver thread, the curved finger guard lined in lustrous gold braid, edged with gold fringes.