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2012/104/10 Circus performance riding gloves (pair), cotton / metal, maker unknown, used by Gladys Wirth in Wirths' Circus, Australia, 1935-1955. Click to enlarge.

Gladys Wirth’s riding gloves

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1935-1955.

These gloves are thought to have been worn by Gladys Wirth (1911-1960), a significant artist with Wirths’ Circus in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Trained in horsemanship by her father Philip, Gladys became an haute ecole equestrian. With Duke, her famous black stallion, she was a highlight of Wirths’ bill. In a 1927 program she appears twice, as ‘Miss Gladys on her high schooled horse Duke’ and ‘Miss Gladys presenting six trained Arab horses’. She was only 16 years of age at this time. In 1928 she...

Summary

Object No.

2012/104/10

Object Statement

Circus performance riding gloves (pair), cotton / metal, maker unknown, used by Gladys Wirth in Wirths' Circus, Australia, 1935-1955

Physical Description

Pair of women's cotton gloves, with metal stud fastening with two settings. Spare pair that goes with Gladys Wirth riding outfit.

Marks

No marks

Production

Notes

Maker unknown.

Made

Australia, Oceania 1935-1955

History

Notes

Worn by Gladys Wirth as a performer with Wirths' Circus. Kept by her sister Marizles ('Rill') Wirth until her death in 2007. Donated to the Powerhouse Museum by Margaret and Georgina Wirth.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Wirth family, 2012

Acquisition Date

3 September 2012

Cite this Object

Harvard

Gladys Wirth's riding gloves 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2019, <https://ma.as/443014>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/443014 |title=Gladys Wirth's riding gloves |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=21 July 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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