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

Description
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
glove
date made
1825
associated person
Lafayette, Marquis de
Physical Description
white (overall connector/connecting technique)
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 3 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
PL*013487
catalog number
013487
accession number
54393
subject
Government, Politics, and Reform
Souvenir Nation
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Souvenir Nation
Exhibition
Souvenir Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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