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gloves & gauntlets

1854 - 1861

Drivers, horse artillerymen, buglers, noncommissioned officers, and commissioned officers all would likely have worn gauntlets, useful in keeping your hands from getting sliced up from handling horses and their harnesses, bridles, saddles and such. We have no specific recommendations for gauntlets beyond recommending that they should be made from soft leather and fit your hands well.

Other gloves were commonly worn during the period, most especially when dancing.  Short white gloves of the sort available from most sutlers are appropriate for that purpose.  Wearing gloves when dancing keeps the skin of your hands from making contact with the skin of your partners' hands, as well as preventing the oils and sweat of your hands from getting onto the dresses of your dance partners (or at least, not so much will be transferred to their clothing).  Why is that important?  Many ladies wear silk dresses to the balls and dances, and silk is easily stained by the oils of the hand.  Besides, touching the skin of someone of the opposite sex is terribly intimate and, perhaps, quite presumptuous.