I send to you a pair of gloves.
If you love me,
Leave out the "G"
And make a pair of loves.
Throughout Western history, gloves have been associated with love. In the age of chivalry, a fair damsel might give her chosen knight a glove as a token of her love and fidelity, which he would proudly display in his belt or wear on his helmet. Presenting a woman with a pair of fine gloves, especially if they were perfumed, was a sign of courtship and even betrothal. The preceding poem appeared in Elizabethan times and continued to be quoted in some form in love notes and Valentine cards through the Edwardian era. Perhaps this lithesome lady with her shy smile has just received the pair of gloves she holds from an ardent admirer. Incised on the back of her base "406” and “E,” this 5.5 inch tall bisque belle is by the German firm of Galluba and Hofmann. She wears her original brunette mohair wig and at one time would have been garbed in a fashionable Edwardian gown of real silk and lace to cover her molded undergarment.