Dear Glovers,

It seems only a short time ago that I was preparng the previous Foreword and mentioning some of the many events and activities that I had undertaken. Well, the pace has increased during the last couple of months, so once again it has been a most stimulating and exciting time for me and indeed for Debbie, to whose programme of events for consorts is an ever increasing feature. But the period has also been marked with sadness at the passing in Switzerland of Richard Amstad, a Liveryman since 1984 and Paul Holder who became a Glover in 2015 and died in March after a short illness. A good number of Glovers attended his military funeral at the Guards Chapel in London.

Amongst recent events I would just like to mention the following, particularly those that relate to one of the themes of my year, that of ‘Wonderful Gloves’:

  • The opening of the Lace in Fashion Exhibition at the Fashion Museum Bath which highlighted two pairs of exquisite Jacobean gloves from our own Historic Glove Collection (see report).
  • The Ash Wednesday celebration lunch with the Safran Guild in Basel, during which the Master is expected to provide a rousing speech in German to the 300 members of the guild.

The Master and Mistress were accompanied by First Under Warden Rodney Jagelman and his wife Susan and Past Master Roddy Morriss and his wife Susanna with Safran Glovers Meister Michael Geiger and Past Meister Lukas Stutz with his wife Gabriele

  • A hugely informative visit to the City of London Academy Islington to meet students in the Glovers House and spend time discussing a wide range of topics with them.
  • Presenting gloves, prizes and rosettes to classes, spread over three days, at the Shire Horse Show near Stafford, expertly organised by Liveryman Betty Peacock (see photos).
  • Celebrating with the Carmen’s Company in St Paul’s Cathedral the 500th Anniversary of their founding.
  • The Inaugural Joint Concert of the City of London School for Girls (with who we have a bursary student) and the City of London Freemen’s School held at St John’s Square; chamber music brilliantly performed by the students.

Looking ahead, will be judging the students’ submissions in the Glove Design Competition, a wonderful visit to Bath to see items from our Glove Collections and other Bath attractions, an exchange of views at Common Hall and Livery-only Supper, and finalising the details for my Master’s Weekend in Jersey starting on 1st June. Debbie and I look forward very much to seeing many of you there, but in the meantime we wish you a very Happy Easter.

184 Liverymen and their guests gathered at Painters’ Hall on Tuesday 7th February 2017 to hold their first Livery lunch of the year. The Guest of Honour was Alderman and Sheriff Peter Estlin and other Company guests included members of HMS ARTFUL, the Regiment and Masters of the Glass Sellers, Information Technologists, Chartered Accountants, Fellmongers of Richmond and Cordwainers of York. At the lunch the Master presented a beautifully crafted silver Ram’s Head, designed and made by Liveryman Peter Maxwell-Aylwin and donated by Past Master John Gardner. This was presented to HMS ARTFUL and will become an annual award to the crew member that in the view of the Commanding Officer has made the greatest contribution to extra mural activities. Proceedings ended with the presentation of a beautifully embroidered Glovers Coat of Arms, the artwork of Past Assistant Liz Elvin and the most generous gift to the Company from Past Master Ann Esslemont. All photographs can be found on the link on the website.



We were met by Sara Raybould, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of the London College of Music and taken to a Group room where Professor Simon Zagorski-Thomas told us about an exciting new glove, the Mi-Mu Glove (Google it, go on) which is a wearable wireless technology project led by electronic music artist Imogen Heap. In simple terms by moving the hands around music can be produced from a computer. Whilst it is used commercially at present, for giving concerts, there is a possibility of this being used in schools to encourage pupils to play music and also in Charities working with people with conditions such as Aspergers, Autism and Downes Syndrome who would benefit from workshops that build on the connections between gesture, emotion and events in the music world. This surely is a fascinating possibility for a new technological glove.

The team photo of Glovers on the Social Committee arranged visit to the London College of Music

We then adjourned to the Students bar for a sumptuous buffet lunch after which we took a short walk to St Mary’s Church where L C M Masters Performance Students were giving one of their regular weekly free concerts. On this occasion we were entertained by the Belgard String Quartet and Maya Szalóki and Debbi Lindley to some beautiful music, played by these amazingly talented individuals.
On our way back to LCM, Mr Adam Peters, Music Technology, showed us around Vestry Hall; a recording studio in which it is possible to fit a complete Chamber orchestra. We were also able to visit 2 of their other studios, one still has an analogue 24 track tape machine which is in regular use to explain the difference and benefits of this method of recording compared to the current digital method. The other is a studio which can record in 3D, and we were able to hear an amazing demonstration of this sound effect. Interestingly enough this type of recording is currently being tested by the BBC.

Glovers being briefed on the Mi-Mu Glove

Once we returned to the main building, Damian Chapman, Deputy Head of School – Head of Design & Communication, London School of Film, Media and Design took us on a tour of other Group rooms used by Students. We saw the Pattern Room, where the costumes are designed, in his words “the engine room of the ship”, the Sewing Room with numerous sewing and one knitting machine, a TV studio and the Mac Lab where computers are used to produce various elements of designs. It is obvious that the University has many arms, of which LCM is but one.

Our thanks go to Sara, Simon, Adam and Damian for giving us such a fascinating tour of this modern facility and to Betty Peacock for arranging the visit.


The Charity Projects Committee has donated several pairs of cryotherapy gloves and cooling equipment to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. These gloves help patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer by keeping their hands cold, thereby helping prevent damage to their fingers and reducing nail toxicity. Dr Cathryn Block, Consultant Medical Oncologist, and Professor Bower, Head of Department, said how grateful they were for our generous donation and support and know that they will be very much appreciated by their patients.

Oscar Holmes, CPC Chairman, and Maggie Manwaring, CPC Secretary who has now taken over managing the CPC links with hospitals, attended a CW Supporter Reception on 21 February at the hospital. Two photos of the very well-attended Reception are shown with this article. One shows the animal projections taken from the hospital Digital Zoo and feature in the treatment rooms in paediatric A&E, helping entertain the children undergoing treatment. The dancer in the other photo is from Akademi South Asian dance. The troupe hold free lunchtime performances in the atrium and then visit a few of the wards to entertain the patients who are not able to leave their beds or ward.

During the Reception Lesley Watts, CEO Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, spoke of the difficulties facing their hospital and how charitable donations, such as those from the Worshipful Company of Glovers, transform their patient treatment and care and help provide new facilities for patients, their families and staff.

Amid the roar of the expectant crowd, the intrepid participants of the Worshipful Company of Glovers stood focused, awaiting their chance to give challenge to the opposing runners in this year’s Inter-Livery Pancake Race, that great spectacle that takes place in the courtyard of the Guildhall, London on Shrove Tuesday each year. Gathered at the start point were the Masters and Liverymen in their gowns, the fancy dress entrants and the lady competitors.

The scene was set, the Worshipful Company of Glovers provided the gloves and the Gunmakers started off the races with a loud bang from their magnificent brass cannon. At stake the coveted copper frying pan with the winning Worshipful Company’s name engraved into posterity.

The Renter Warden, Alvan Seth-Smith, in full flight

The team of finely tuned athletes representing the Glovers, were Alvan (representing the Master in the Master’s Race), Rowena (the Ladies Race), Mike (the Livery Race) and Hilary (the novelty Runner – quite!) supported and cheered on by Julian, Paul our Beadle, Daphne, fellow Glovers, wives, friends and the ‘Barmy Army’ of glove wavers. Despite the gruelling training our competitors were pipped at the post but survived heads held high looking to greater things next year when they will be much flippin’ better.

The Master and Mistress were joined by a large number of Glovers at the Shire Horse Show held this year in Stafford over the weekend of 18-19 March. The Glovers team were once again organised by the indefatigable Liveryman Betty Peacock and her husband John who also happens to be Master Farrier this year and to both of whom a huge vote of thanks is well deserved.

An impressive line up. The Master and Mistress making friends. Proving that judging is not all work and no play. Liveryman Betty Peacock who organised the Glovers involvement and presentation of Gloves with the Master and Mistress.

The Master and Wardens welcomed Christine Smith and Nigel Birch as Freemen of the Company who joined following a short ceremony held at Cutlers’ Hall on Tuesday 14th March 2017.


A few months ago an enquiry was received from a Mr Jim Ostell about the Coronation Glove and the story behind it. As it is an interesting piece of Company history it was felt that the wider Company might be also wish to know more about the background. The enquiry was forwarded to Past Master Keith Ebsworth and he responded to Mr Ostell as follows:

Dear Jim,
It would appear that my prompting our Chairman and fellow Trustee has worked so I am now able to reply fully to your question, with apologies for the delay.

The legend has it that Edward the Confessor, the last of the Saxon Kings, had a dream about the punitive tax being collected, so when he awoke he repealed the tax. It is believed that the coronation ceremony was evolved to include a symbolic reminder of this lesson: just before the Archbishop puts the Sceptre of Kingly Power in the sovereign's right hand, a single glove is presented as a reminder that the Sovereign power should be exercised with gentleness in taxation and all matters.

At the coronations of the British monarchy, the sovereign’s right hand glove is removed and the coronation ring is put on. For some 150 years, the coronation gloves have been produced by Messrs Harborow of London. A duplicate glove was always made in case of accident to the original and in 1972, Messrs Harborow presented these to the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London. In 1953, the Glovers Company was itself granted the privilege of producing the glove for HM Queen Elizabeth II, under instructions received in January 1953 from the Lord Chamberlain acting pursuant to the Earl Marshal’s directive. The glove itself was made by Dents at the behest of The Worshipful Company of Glovers.

If, as I suspect and indeed hope, you are interested in these gloves and possibly others, The Harborow Collection are held on behalf of the Glove Collection Trustees by the Fashion Museum, Bath who I am sure would be delighted to allow you to see the Coronation Glove once a prior mutually convenient appointment has been made. If you do want to make an appointment may I suggest you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance. One of our Trustees is Rosemary Harden, the Fashion Museum Manager. I can also recommend a visit to the Dents Museum Collection, in Warminster again with a prior appointment.

I do hope this has resolved your query satisfactorily and thank you for showing such an interest.
With best wishes,

Keith Ebsworth

On 3rd February I was delighted to be able to attend the opening night of Lace in Fashion, the Fashion Museum Bath’s latest exhibition – this one running until 31st December 2017. The exhibition showcases 50 exquisite pieces, showing how lace has been used from the 1500s to the present day.

Lace in Fashion presents key lace looks: from Jacobean gloves decorated with rich gold metal thread lace (provided by our Glove Collection Trust) to dazzling drop-waisted dresses from the 1920s and an elegant lace-effect evening gown by Balenciaga.

From the hand-made laces used to trim and ornament the most fashionable looks in the 1500s to the more readily available machine-made lace garments of today, lace has been a fashion constant for the last 500 years.
Gloves on dispay

Left: Gloves on Display, Right: The Master with Rosemary Harden

The Golfing Society held its Spring Meeting at Hankley Common Golf Club on Tuesday 28 March, in partnership with the Artists Rifles GS, drawn from our affiliated Regiment. Glovers and their guests enjoyed playing in perfect weather (a change from the last two years and the Clubhouse provided an excellent lunch. Jonathan Isaacs played some fine golf to win the Ivor Spry Salver, chipping in to the hole on more than one occasion.

Our next fixture will be the Summer Meeting at Royal St George’s and Rye Golf Club on 10 & 11 July when we hope to see more Glovers golfing.

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