Early 20th c. French Toleware Glove Maker's Store Sign c.1940



An original French glove maker's store sign. Enameled painted metal with gold, stitched seams and a blue frilled cuff and large blue glass stone at the wrist.

Shown with life size hand model.

  • CREATOR Unknown. France.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Enameled Painted Tin, Glass.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor chipping and light crackling. Repainted top of the thumb.
  • DIMENSIONS H 21.5 in. W 11.5 in. D 7 in.


The term "Toleware" is derived from the French name for such objects, tôle peinte. The tinplate sheets of iron or steel dipped in molten tin or pewter (an alloy of tin and copper) were worked into a variety of domestic and decorative items, such as teapots, trays, urns, and candlesticks.

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