Lady’s glove with a portrait of Lafayette, The United States, 1824–25

In 1824–25 the Marquis de Lafayette made a grand tour of the United States. The outpouring of public affection for the Revolutionary hero left a trail of commemorative silk ribbons, ceramics, household wares, and gloves stamped with Lafayette’s likeness.
The commemorative gloves were a source of consternation for the “Nation’s Guest.” When a lady presented her hand to be kissed, Lafayette was stunned to see his own image there. Offered a gloved hand at a ball in Philadelphia, Lafayette “murmur[ed] a few graceful words to the effect that he did not care to kiss himself, he [then] made a very low bow, and the lady passed on."
Gift of Mrs. E. M. Chapman, 1912
Object Name
date made
associated person
Lafayette, Marquis de
Physical Description
white (overall connector/connecting technique)
leather (overall material)
overall: 9 in x 3 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Souvenir Nation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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