A wonderful pair of Art Nouveau glove stretchers! This pair date back to Edwardian era, circa 1907. The sterling silver handles feature ornate repoussé workmanship, the elegant flowing curved linear and organic repoussé along handles reflect Art Nouveau period. The actual tongs and spring are made of steel.
English hallmarked along handle - 'h' to one side 'g' to other (1906-1907), city mark 'anchor' (Birmingham), silver standard mark – 'lion' (925) and makers mark- LS & Co: Lionel Smith & Co of once Spencer Street, Birmingham.
During the Victorian and early Edwardian era gloves were a status symbol and a lady wouldn't dream of going outside without her gloves. Gloves were made of kid, thread, silk or washing leather and these fabrics tended not to have much give so they had to be stretched when new or just washed. Given that the gloves were usually worn skin tight these stretchers were used to stretch for ease of wear.