Theodora is an elbow length glove in pure silk. This style has the traditional mousquetaire buttoned opening on the inside of the wrist to allow the hand to be removed from the glove without taking the sleeve of the glove off the arm. This glove is cut slightly shorter than the classic 'opera' length in order to flatter the upper arm. Can also be worn ruched down for a more casual look.
The silk that we use is a pure silk jersey knit that has been used for glovemaking for centuries. It has a lustrous gleam that only silk can deliver. There is no mistaking the real thing.
12 bl (button length). This is the length of the glove, in inches, from the hem at the top of the glove to where the thumb meets the wrist. (more information)
How to size your gloves
All our gloves are made with a glove size from 6 to 8½, and for our longer gloves we include an arm fit to ensure the correct sizing
To ascertain your glove size:
- Pass a tape measure around the widest part of your hand - usually over your knuckles, excluding the thumb.
- The result, in inches, is your glove size - e.g. if your hand measures 7 inches, you are a glove size 7.
- If you are between two sizes, round down to the lower of the two.
Of course, there are times when you might not know the glove size, perhaps if you are buying our gloves as a gift. In that case, we would recommend a size 7, because this is the average size, and is likely to fit most people. Of course, if your glove doesn't fit perfectly, we are more than happy to exchange it - just contact us, and we will do our best to help. Special size requirements are always available on request.
This glove features the traditional mousquetaire opening. The mousquetaire is a buttoned opening on the inside of the wrist of a long glove. Its purpose is to allow the wearer to remove the hand from the glove whilst keeping the sleeve of the glove on the arm. The empty ‘hand’ of the glove is then neatly tucked up inside the sleeve. At a very formal banquet or dinner, it is ‘incorrect’ to wield knife and fork in a gloved hand and the mousquetaire opening offers a way around this social hurdle. It is also most helpful when a ring finger needs to be made available at a wedding.
See here for our collection of gloves featuring the mousquetaire
When perusing Cornelia James for that perfect pair of gloves, you may come across a few unfamiliar words or phrases. Fear not, dear reader, for we are here to teach you our (g)love language. From quirks to points, we’ve got you covered.
Button ('Bouton') Lengths
The button (‘bouton’ in French) length is a unit of measurement for the arm portion of the glove. Button lengths were given their name by - you guessed it! - the use of physical buttons, which were spaced at intervals of approximately one inch to to determine the length of the glove. Button lengths typically start at two buttons (the wrist), and can climb as far as 21 inches (the underarm).
The Bolton Thumb includes an extra piece of fabric to the thumb piece called a ‘quirk’ (the definition of which may be found below). Bolton Thumbs are commonly attached to gloves with thicker fabrics (such as leather) so that the hand may remain agile.
Quirk or ‘querk’
A petite, triangular piece of material (also called a ‘gusset’ in general textile parlance) attached to the bottom crease of a fourchette (or fourchettes). Quirks allow for extra finger room, as well as mobility.
Fourchette, ‘fork’ or ‘forge’
A fourchette (French for ‘fork’) are wisps of material fit to stitch the back and palm portions of the glove together. There are usually three fourchettes per glove, though some fabric gloves use a singular fourchette for the entire hand.
A seam maintained consistently on the inside of the glove, so as to conceal the stitching on the outside. This ensures a smooth appearance and sharp finish on gloves ranging from cotton to silk.
A small, approximately three-inch space at the inner wrist which allows for easy removal of the hand of the glove. The hand remains attached, and may be tucked inwards for dining, primping, or wedding. The mousqetaire is sealed with dainty buttons or bows. An elegant, versatile touch.
The v-shaped, vertical stitching on the outer hand of a leather or suede glove. This feature was, traditionally, a means of greater mobility of the hand. Cornelia James’s suede and Ethiopian lambskin leather are exceptionally supple sans-points, but the points are maintained for that classic style and feel.
A v-shaped cut-out on the inside wrist of the glove. Vents are useful on gloves made of thicker materials such as leather, and provide a bit of extra space and ease when slipping the glove off and on.
A thin strip of material, folded over and sewn around the rough edge of the glove’s wrist line. The welt is an alternative to a standard hem, which is also intended to conceal the rough edge of the material (albeit in a different fashion).
If you would like to see swatches of this fabric before ordering to check the colour match with the rest of your outfit, we are happy to provide these free of charge. The shipping cost is refunded to you as store credit which can be used against your order. Please go here to order your swatches.
Additionally, this material can be dyed to achieve a very good colour match - if you would like your gloves dyed to a certain colour, please contact us and we're happy to help.
Theodora in the wild
Our box, like our gloves, is built to last. For us, it's about the product, not the packaging, but when we designed our box we made sure it was beautiful and we chose the colour, 'light cockpit green' to symbolise a style that endures.