Dents Coronation Glove Team

web Dents Glove Team (c) Museums WorcestershireThis photograph shows the team at the Dents glove factory in Worcester who made the glove worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation ceremony in 1953.
As part of the coronation ceremony, the British monarch wears one glove on their right hand – the hand that holds the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, part of the Crown Jewels made in 1661 for Charles II coronation. During the ceremony, the glove is removed and the Coronation Ring is put onto the right ring finger. The ring, created in 1831 for William IV’s coronation, is traditionally called The Wedding Ring of England.
It was a very special commission for the Dents team to be asked to make the glove and it featured exquisite gold embroidery on white leather.
Dents had been an important part of Worcester’s history, opening their first factory in 1777 and continuing making gloves in the city until 1968. The peak of the glove-making industry was between 1790 and 1820, when half of all British gloves were made in Worcester.


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