Dictionary of Traded Goods and Commodities, 1550-1820. Originally published by University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, 2007.
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The only example found in the Dictionary Archive of a 'Glaseing Engine' valued at 7s 6d, belonged to someone engaged in dyeing [Inventories (1726)]. This ENGINE was probably similar to a CALENDER or a HOT PRESS, both of which were used in finishing TEXTILEs and giving them a glazed appearance.
Possibly a simple 'glove stretcher' which is an instrument for opening and stretching the fingers of a GLOVE so that it may more easily be drawn onto the hand [Lloyd (1895)]. Probably the ones advertised by various tradesmen were of this type, for example [Tradecards (1771)]; [Tradecards (1794)]. However, in other contexts, glove sticks were more likely to have been what Randle Holme described as 'Glovers stretching Sticks', which 'they use to thrust into the Thumbs and Fingers of Gloves, to make them wider for the better fitting of them who are to wear them' [Holme (2000)]. In one glover's inventory they were simply called 'sticks' [Inventories (1707)]. They possibly do not feature among the tools of other glovers because they were essentially little more than slightly shaped sticks that could easily be made as required.