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Lost Gloves
About The Collection

For some years now, I've been collecting something - this probably is as close to a permanent hobby as I've ever come.

I collect photographs of lost or abandoned gloves.

Why Gloves?

Well, perhaps unlike most other garments, gloves - when unworn - retain a very strong identity of the body part that they are intended to clothe - a red builder's glove, lying there flattened in the road seems like an accidentally severed hand.

Lost gloves are such profoundly sad and lost objects; a child's dropped mitten, impaled on the spike of a metal railing (put there no doubt by some helpful passer-by) seems to be waving, crying out in desperation - not only to be reunited with its owner's hand, but with its opposite of the pair.

Have You Found A Glove?

Have you ever found a lost glove?

If you've never noticed them before, I bet you will now - they're everywhere - and now the idea is in your head, you won't be able to avoid seeing them.

If you find a lost or abandoned glove, why not submit it here? - I'll feature it in the gallery - submission guidelines are at the foot of the main column to the left...

Lost Glove Links

Unique Paired Gloves

Glove Love

Glove Love is an initiative where they take lonely single gloves that have lost their original partners, wash them and then pair them with brand new glove lovers.


Crisis Centre Ministries, or 'CCM', is a Christian charity that helps the homeless and people affected by drug-addiction in Bristol, England


Lost glove photos - click on any image in the galleries to open it in the slideshow viewer (most recently-added photos are at the top - scroll right to the page bottom for the archives...)

Gloves I Have Found Recently

2010/12/05 - Black 'thinsulate' - Botley2010/12/04 - Thin black fabric - Pair - Botley2010/12/04 - Lime green woolen - Portsmouth and Southsea Station2010/12/04 - Beige woolen - RH - Portsmouth2010/12/03 - Grey woolen - RH - Hedge End2010/12/02 - Pink fleece mittens, snow-encrusted - Pair - Meon Valley Golf Course
2010/11/30 - Childs purple and white striped - RH - Portsmouth2010/11/30 - Ladies leather - RH - Portsmouth2010/11/29 - Childs blue mitten - Portsmouth2010/11/28 - Black fleece - LH - Botley2010/11/27 - Fancy dress skeleton print - RH - Botley2010/11/27 - Grey/green canvas and leather - Botley
2010/11/26 - Black woolen - RH - Botley2010/11/25 - Black woolen - LH - Portsmouth2010/11/19 - Patterned ski glove - LH - Portsmouth2010/11/18 - Striped pink and black wool - second of a pair - Portsmouth city centre2010/11/18 - Striped pink and black wool - first of a pair - Portsmouth city centre2010/11/18 - Child's blue mitten - LH - Portsmouth
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Gloves Others Have Submitted

2010/03/30 - Green fleecy glove - Chichester - Submitted by Mark2010/04/15 - buff canvas or leather - Manor Farm country park - Submitted by David2010/04/15 - buff canvas or leather - Manor Farm country park - Submitted by David2010/04/15 - Grey rubberised fabric - Manor Farm Country Park - Submitted by David2010/04/14 - Black fleece - LH - Botley Mill - Submitted by David2010/03/18 - Black woolen - pair - Car park near Civic Centre, Portsmouth - Submitted by Jill
2010/03/17 - Pink fleece with grippy pads - Pair - Hedge End - Submitted by Stephanie2010/03/~ - Adult, RH, black rubber coated fabric workglove, roadside hedge Hutton Rudby - submitted by Okadascat2010/03/~ - Childs, RH, beige camouflage fleece, footpath in Hutton Rudby2010/03/~ - Childs, LH, knitted blue/turquoise stripes, Honeymans Field, Hutton Rudby, probably lost in snow by someone sledging - submitted by Okadascat2010/03/~ - Adult, LH, black padded 'thinsulate' fabric, garden wall Hutton Rudby - Submitted by Okadascat~2010/02/15 - Grey woolen - LH - Lüneburg, Germany - Submitted by Jochen
2010/02/16 - Child's black woolen - Hutton Rudby, N.Yorks - Submitted by Okadascat2010/02/07 - child's pink woolen RH and black leather LH - Lulworth Cove - Submitted by Jill2010/02/05 - Pink striped woolen - RH - Woods near Richmond, N Yorkshire - Submitted by Okadascat2009/02 - Grey wool hybrid fingerless/mitten - RH - New York Museum of Natural History - Submitted by Jason2009/02 - Black leather - LH - New York Museum of Natural History - Submitted by Jason2009/04/21 - Worn brown leather - LH - Nashville, Indiana - Submitted by Nate
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Submitting A Lost Glove Photo

I'll be delighted to receive your submitted pictures of lost gloves. A few helpful guidelines:

Also, please be aware that when you take photos of lost gloves - this I know from experience - people will look at you funny.

Archives

Here are some of the gloves I have found previously (each archive contains 100 pictures):

Gloves I found in 2009/2010

2010/04/17 - Grey rubberised fabric - RH - Netley shore2010/04/17 - Black child's woolen glove with 'No Fear' logo - RH - Netley shore2010/04/13 - Black rubberised fabric - LH - Mill Hill, Botley 2010/04/13 - disposable latex - Bottings Estate, Botley2010/04/11 - Heavy duty blue rubber gauntlet - LH - Netley Shore2010/04/11 - navy fabric with green grippy bits - LH - Netley Abbey
2010/04/10 - black 'Thinsulate' winter glove - LH - a mere stone's throw from my house, Botley2010/04/09 - Black woolen glove - Blackwater river, New Forest2010/04/09 - Child's khaki woolen with black and white grippy patches - LH - Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest2010/04/08 - Thin Navy fabric with green grippy bits - Pair - Sainsbury's car park, Hedge End2010/04/08 - Purple nitrile disposable - Hamble Shore2010/04/08 - Purple nitrile disposable - Hamble Shore
2010/04/08 - Blue nitrile disposable - Hamble Shore2010/04/08 - Yellow household glove - Hamble Shore2010/04/08 - Purple nitrile disposable - Hamble Shore2010/04/08 - Purple nitrile disposable - Hamble Shore2010/04/08 - Blue nitrile disposable - Hamble shore2010/04/07 - Black woolen glove - overgrown with moss and weeds - Wymondham, Norfolk
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Gloves I found in 2008/2009

2009/08/27 - collection of disposable polythene gloves, Station Hill, Botley2009/07/20 - blue rubberised knit - RH - Botley Mill2009/10/04 - Sad-looking black fabric - LH - St Cross road, Winchester2009/09/12 - disposable blue nitrile - Hamble Shore2009/08/29 - Blue and red striped canvas and leather - LH - near St James Park, London2009/08/11 - disposable latex - Station Hill, Botley
2009/08/08 - blue disposable latex - Botley Square2009/07/25 - Crushed black fabric glove - Bottings Industrial Estate, Botley2009/07/25 - Red rubber - the other one of a pair - Station Hill, Botley2009/07/25 - Red rubber- one of a pair - Station Hill, Botley2009/07/25 - Disposable latex - pair - Station Hill, Botley2009/07/24 - Black woolen - Curdridge
2009/07/22 - Disposable Latex - Botley square2009/07/05 - Pale blue insulated winter glove - LH - East Wittering sea front2009/07/03 - Turquoise woolen pair + 1 cream-coloured woolen - Civic Offices Restaurant, Portsmouth2009/06/26 - green disposable latex - Botley Church2009/06/20 - Green rubberised canvas - Station Hill, Botley2009/06/18 - Yellow work glove - LH - Bus stop, Botley Square
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Gloves I found from 2006 to 2008

2008/12/10 - Navy child's mitten - Isambard Brunel Road, Portsmouth2008/12/09 - blue disposable latex/nitrile - Station Hill, Botley2008/12/09 - disposable polythene - Station Hill, Botley2008/12/09 - disposable polythene - Station Hill, Botley2008/12/07 - Inside-out, fingerless flannel glove - Botley2008/12/06 - blue latex disposable - Winchester street market, near The Brooks Centre
2005/12/05 - Soaking wet canvas/leather - LH - Botley Industrial Estate, near petrol station2008/12/02 - Small child's pink woolen glove with grippy white rubber snowflakes - RH - Botley High Street2008/11/20 - Green rubberised fabric - RH - Botley Industrial Estate2008/10/29 - Brown knitted - location forgotten2008/10/23 - Black rubber with grey fabric cuff - LH - Materials Bank, Portsmouth2008/10/19 - Red rubber - LH - Botley Churchyard
2008/10/13 - Pink rubber dishwashing glove - Botley2008/10/11 - Black stretchy fabric - pair - Botley2008/10/11 - Black rubberised fabric - RH - West Quay Road, Southampton2008/10/07 - Red rubber - LH - Hedge End2008/10/03 - Leather and fabric - Botley2008/08/26 - Disposable latex - Botley
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Gloves I found in 2005/2006

2006/12/31 - Part of an orange rubber glove - Great Yarmouth2006/12/31 - Part of an orange rubber glove - Great Yarmouth2006/12/31 - Blue wooly child's glove - Great Yarmouth2006/09/04 - Cheap work glove - LH - Location forgotten2006/08/15 - Sturdy leather LH - Location forgotten2006/08/10 - Orange rubberised fabric - LH - Wickham
2006/08/06 - Grey and red work glove - RH - Botley2006/08/05 - Navy and grey work glove - RH - Hedge End2006/08/05 - Red and grey work glove - LH - Hedge End2006/08/04 - Grey and black canvas/leather - RH - Botley Station2006/08/02 - Canvas work glove - LH - Botley2006/07/26 - Latex Disposable - Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire
2006/07/26 - Scarecely-recognisable remains of a yellow griptex - Runswick Bay - North Yorkshire2005/11/05 - green child's mitten - RH - Botley2005/10/27 - Red rubber - RH - Wickham2005/10/17 - Pink fuzzy wool - Portchester2005/10/05 - Latex disposable - Portchester2005/09/28 - Blue rubberised fabric - RH - Portchester
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Gloves I found in 2004/2005

2005/06/06 - Disposable Latex - Near London Eye2005/06/06 - Botley station2005/06/06 - Botley station2005/06/06 - Botley station2005/06/06 - Botley Stationx
2005/06/06 - Botley Station2005/06/06 - Botley Station2005/06/06 - Botley Station2005/06/06 - Botley Station2005/06/05 - Disposable polythene - Station pub car park, Botley2005/06/02 - WEIRD - cotton fabric with red electrical tape on the fingers - Portchester
2005/06/01 - Red and grey fabric and suede - RH - Waltham Chase2005/06/01 - Dispoable polythene - Wickham2005/05/30 - Tough grey and red leather - LH - East Wittering2005/05/28 - Red Rubber - RH - brand new - Havant2005/05/27 - Green rubberised fabric - pair - 50 yards apart, A32, Fareham2005/05/26 - Red and blue canvas - pair - half a mile apart, A27, Fareham
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We find lost hats instead of gloves.

Posted by Emily on Mar 27 2014 at 18:57
I don't photograph them and never have.

I have a bag of found gloves. I haven't had to buy gloves for many years. I pick up the lost glove, wash it and put it in the bag. When one of my other "lost" gloves develops a hole, I replace it with one from the bag. The bag is never empty.

The best find was a pair of knitted gloves with a long cuff. I saw them under the compacted ice and snow. I waited for the thaw and peeled them out for myself.

Holey lost gloves are made into funky patch

Posted by Sandi on Jul 10 2013 at 05:31
You make me smile.

Posted by casalba on Apr 20 2013 at 16:21
Yes, but where do all the odd socks go?

Posted by Bluefish on Mar 8 2013 at 18:26
It's worse than you think, Chris (although not in the way you suggest) - I've got another few hundred pictures of gloves that I haven't yet uploaded (been a while since I updated these galleries).

Actually, this isn't a campaign of mass harm, but rather, a kind of virus - now that you've seen this page, you will start to notice lost gloves. You won't be able to fail to notice them. Everywhere.

And so, a little piece of my madness lives forever inside your brain...

Posted by Mike (for Atomic Shrimp) on Jan 20 2013 at 10:24
I think your secretly just murdering people and keeping their gloves for your collection. NOBODY finds that many gloves... I'm on to you sir! The police have been notified.

Posted by Chris on Jan 18 2013 at 07:43
I play this game in m own house alot. In a closed system they still wander off. Sometimes it takes years to reunite, but I still keep them and hope.

Posted by ssmithers on Jan 29 2011 at 20:16
How poignant!

Posted by Trensota on Dec 11 2010 at 01:11
Unique to say the least.

Posted by The Great One on Jul 30 2009 at 17:13