GLOVE SLEEVES

Ensuring that the carefully produced gloves arrived with their wearer in perfect condition required good packaging. From the early days each pair of gloves were sewn together at the cuff and were dispatched in glove sleeves originally in paper and packed in boxes of a dozen pairs. They also provided a vehicle for the company's advertising slogans Which are printed in their various incarnations on the gloves. These included:

ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH
QUALITY THAT'S OBVIOUS
A TOUCH OF ELEGANCE

POLYTHENE

From the 1950s/60s

Glove bag 1
Glove bag 3

EXPORT

From the 1950s/60s this turquoise coloured glove sleeve was discovered in Australia and it is believed that this colour may have been used for export gloves only.

turquise

CELLOPHANE

From the 1930s

Glove bag 2

GLOVE LABELS

Fabric and cotton lined leather gloves had a fabric label sewn into the inner seem of one of the pair. With unlined leather gloves and some fabric gloves the Pinkham logo and glove sizes were printed on the inner palm of one of the pair. In addition to 'Made in England' appearing on all the labels, labels would show the glove size and in some cases the type of fabric. Typically the fabrics used were Bri-Nylon and Nylon/Rayon along with various cottons. On the fine nylon gloves Ladderproof was also included.

SEWN-IN FABRIC LABELS

Yellow label
P1040568
embroidered
P1040575
P1040576
P1040575
P1040570
P1040556
P1040571
P1040558
printed fabric
P1040562
P1040561
logosize
P1040569
sizeonly
P1040564

CARD LABELS

Also included with each pair of gloves was a small card label, some attached by a small thread and some secured by a folded tab attached to the cuff of the glove. The labels contained information about how to look after the gloves and also the famous Pinkham guarantee.

black glove label
d sided glove label
old label
Scan0005

 

This label from the late 1950s acknowledges Pittards of Yeovil as the suppliers of the leather used to make a superior pair of Pinkham's leather gloves. It also reflects the close association between the two companies. Pittards continue to produce fine leathers to this day.  pittards.com

PRINTED-ON LABELS

Unlined leather and some fabric gloves had a label onto the palm of one of the gloves.

FABRIC GLOVES

engecie

 

The earliest National Glove Company 'Engecie' printed label from around 1912

fabric1
SIMPLEX 7 1/2
Simplex2
Leather 2
WD label pic

 

 

This label is from a pair of silk gloves that were made during the war for RAF crew. The gloves which were very thin were worn underneath their flying gloves to provide another layer of insulation.

LEATHER GLOVES

leather1
leather2

WEAR & CARE

To ensure that the wearer got the best from their gloves also included with each pair of gloves were directions on how to keep them looking like new. Here are examples of fabric and leather care instructions.

care 1
care label 2
Care 4

BOXES & BOX LABELS

The finished gloves were packed in boxes of twelve ready for dispatch. Each box had an outer label attached to it showing the style number, colour, size and and fabric type. Gloves were packed in different types of boxes depending on the type of glove. Expensive leather gloves were packed in cream cardboard boxes and sealed with a sticky circular ‘P’. Below is a standard brown cardboard box that was used for cotton gloves in the late 1950s.

outerbox3 (3)
outerbox label 2

Expensive leather gloves were packed in cream cardboard boxes and sealed with a sticky circular ‘P’

Pinkham P 2
Pinkham P 1

GLOVE SAMPLE LABELS

With two new ranges of gloves a year came an enormous task of making samples to show off to prospective buyers at exhibitions and at face to face meetings with retailers. This part of the company's marketing was critical to the success of each season's ranges. Not seen by the wearers a paper label was sewn onto the cuff of each sample glove. Dating from the 1960s below are a number of labels which indicate the style number, the colour availability and the material. On one of the labels the price can be seen; 413 shillings or £20.65 for a dozen pairs of leather gloves. In 2017 one pair of fine English gloves costs upwards of £60.

sample labels
9085 label
sample 4
sample4a
sample 3a