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Object ID # 1961.007.002ab
Object Name Mitten
Title Mrs. Pilgrim's Mittens
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1860s
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1870
Artist Mrs. Pilgrim, Meaford, Canada West
Made Mrs. Pilgrem (Pilgrim)
Place of Origin Meaford, Canada West
Description A pair of women's fancy black-coloured, light, knitted mittens The top side of each mitten has a fancy knitted pattern that extends from the cuff right up to the tip of the mitten. The thumbs and palmar side are stockinette stitched. The cuff area is fancy on the palmar side as well, and the cuff is about 5 cm deep, and widely-scalloped. One of the mittens has a darned thumb. One did not discard an item when it developed a hole, but mended it if possible. A= Right hand mitten B= Left hand mitten
The all-black colouration of these mittens would likely have made them useful as Victorian mourning attire as well.
Makers mark None
Provenance The accession card reads that this pair of knitted black mittens was made by a "Mrs. Pilgrem" of Meaford, Grey County, and that they were 100 years old in 1961, making them c. 1861. At that time, Meaford was in Canada West. It later became the Town of Meaford, Ontario in 1874. The last owner, Mrs. George Dunoon of Owen Sound, Grey County, told museum in 1961 that "Mrs. Pilgrem" was her aunt.

Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Silk/Dye
Dimensions W-10 L-23.5 D-0.7 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Pilgrem / Pilgrim, Mrs.

Dunoon, George
Subjects Knitting
Mourning clothes
Search Terms Meaford

Function Not made for warmth like winter mittens are. Victorian women often wore mittens or gloves when travelling in horse-drawn vehicles, or when going visiting. Many Victorian steel knitting needles were also quite fine, so small knitted stitches were possible.