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With Open Arms

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A war-weary ex-soldier. An untamable woman. Love doesn’t stand a chance in hell…
 
How can two mistrusting partners transform their fiery passion into happily-ever-after when all she knows how to do is fight? And all he wants is peace.
 
WITH OPEN ARMS (book two of my four-book, THE CUTTERIDGE SERIES). A #1 Bestselling Western Historical Romance at Samhain Publishing.
 

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No Greater Glory

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Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home…
 
When a Union Army officer drenched in obligation collides with an unyielding southern widow locked inside her daily routines, not even the war raging around them is as explosive as the unexpected passion that erupts.
 
NO GREATER GLORY (book one of The Cutteridge Series). An RWA National Golden Heart finalist, a USA Today Lifeblog ‘Recommended Read’, & for nearly one full year, the #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon.
 

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A glove is just a glove…or is it? ♥

Posted Jul 29 2015, 6:19 pm

 

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Ah yes…let’s chat a bit about GLOVES, the hand-covering that has been worn by humans for thousands of years.  

 

manoinFrom the earliest documented use by the Minoan warriors back in 2600 BC gloves - gauntlet 1590, leather with silk and gold threadsto those gauntlets worn by the knights in the Middle Ages…

 

 

 

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to Michael Jackson’s single bejeweled gant-de-la-main…

 

 

 

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to OJ Simpson’s ‘doesn’t-quite-fit spectacle, gloves have played a major fashion role throughout history.

 

 

 

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But we can thank Queen Elizabeth I for setting the stage and wearing her richly-embroidered and perfumed leather coverings to draw attention to her comely hands.

gloves - 1890s opera glove

 

The incredibly popular “opera glove” [worn above the elbow] entered into the historical annals of in the late 18th century & even some swimming outfits of the turn of the 19th-century were accessorized with these mode essentials. gloves 1850 picture

And yet, no time in history is the female hand’s simple fashion adornment more important than when a Victorian-era lady donned her final accessory pièce de résistance before sashaying out the door – be it day or evening wear, a lady’s glove truly DID make the lady.

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Before Elias Howe invented the first sewing machine in 1846, ladies gloves were actually made by hand & the material of choice ranged from simple linen & wool & fur to the finest crocheted Honiton lace [a type of bobbin lace made in Honiton, Devon], to the strength & durability of leather. And yet, only the wealthiest of debutantes could slide their hands into kidskin or Peccary, the most-expensive of all hand-covering materials. gloves - french lavendar leather 1867And with these fine ladies, no skin was to ever show, so hand gloves came in many lengths to allow one to adept easily to the occasion. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “The length of ladies’ evening gloves are referred to in terms of “buttons”, whether they in fact have buttons or not. The word is derived from French, and the exact measure is actually a bit longer than one inch. Wrist length gloves are usually eight-button, those at the elbow are 16, mid-biceps are 22 and full shoulder length are 30. Opera gloves are between 16 and 22 inches long, though some gloves can be as long as 29 or 30 inches.” And one would never wear rings over their gloves, but a bracelet? Oh yes, now those they would adorn with glee.

gloves fingerless 1869When ladies teas evolved in the Victorian era, so did the fingerless glove, allowing the socialite to sip her tea in style withOUT removing her covering. And these adornments also played into a Victorian lady’s love life & was known as a “language of gloves”, whereby a female could communicate with her intended lover without actually speaking a word. But gloves were also one of the few gifts a lady could receive from a man other than her husband.

gloves 1906The Edwardian years kept the trend of gloves forefront in the fashion world, but during World War II most raw materials [particularly the leathers & fine silks] were dedicated to the war effort, so women had to carefully maintain their pre-war 1940leather gloves or resort to ones of ‘practical cotton’. 1940 1

 

 

 

 

1950The arrival of the 1950s found a resurgence of gloves, so much so in fact, that ladies & their little girl offsprings would never dream of attending church or a dance without their pristine, just-to-the-wrist white gloves, pearl button on the backside notwithstanding. From the ruling monarchs of Europe to The Pope inside Vatican’s hallowed halls, indeed, GLOVES have played an important role throughout much of history…

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Ahhh, if only we wore them today as the finishing touch to a fashion ensemble rather than the sensible, sturdy winter hand-warmers they’ve evolved into now…

 

 

 

 

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