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Above elbow length, white, kid leather, left-hand glove

2002.0057.0004.001

Above elbow length, white, kid leather, left-hand glove

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An above elbow length, white, kid leather, left-hand glove. The glove features a triangular seam at the elbow and three linear seams running along the top of the hand to the fingers. On the underside of the glove at the wrist-forearm there is an oval opening with three button holes and evidence of the buttons, now removed.

Statement of significance

The Frances Digges collection includes a satin and lace debutante dress with train, an ostrich feather fan, high heeled satin shoes with diamantes, small clutch bag also with diamantes and full length cream kid gloves. Accompanying the dress and accessories is the official photograph of debutante, Elizabeth Sanderson, her invitation to Court and the dinner menu for the evening. Miss Sanderson wore the dress and associated accessories in July 1939 when she was presented to Queen Elizabeth and King George VI at the Court of Buckingham Palace.

The Sanderson's were wealthy landowners who had owned a vast property named 'Billabong', stretching out along the Murray River. Families who enjoyed such high social status often maintained strong ties with the English Establishment and it was appropriate for young women like Elizabeth to be presented as a debutante at Court and experience her first London 'Season', thus marking her official entry into society. Miss Sanderson spent five months in England, enjoying a high society lifestyle of balls, theatre, fine dining, dress fittings and weekend visits to country estates. Her presentation as a debutante at Court was among the most significant events in her life.

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