I am very pleased to offer this very unusual pair of children hand knotted fingerless mitts. The pair date from the 1860's, perhaps earlier or a bit later.
Made of three different design patterns, in a silk thread, the mitts have a silk drawstring to adjust the fit. Probably worn by a child about 5 or 6 years of age.
The measurements: Length of the mitt is 4" long. Across the palm is 1-3/4" wide. Length of thumb is 1" in length. 4" circumference around the top edge of cuff.
Condition: There is wear and some holes in the knitting on the cuff area of both mitts. A hole in the lower thumb area of one. Still very decent for the age. In spite, these have to be rare. In fact, along with other clothing artifacts, they were deaccession from a very small Ohio museum some years ago.
Certainly of historical significance.