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
From the 1950s/60s
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.
From the 1930s
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
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.
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
Unlined leather and some fabric gloves had a label onto the palm of one of the gloves.
The earliest National Glove Company 'Engecie' printed label from around 1912
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.
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.
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.
Expensive leather gloves were packed in cream cardboard boxes and sealed with a sticky circular ‘P’
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.