Once upon a time, the house of Fownes Brothers and Company opened in Worcester, England, in the year 1777. Their business was in glove manufacturing.
By 1887 Fownes opened an office in New York City.
Here is a great ad from 1914: Fownes Gloves at Peace Prices
I especially love this ad: You can wear better gloves than those we made for George IV "Gloves worn then by by princes of the blood would not equal the standard we set now for even the most expensive gloves in our line."
Now that history includes me! Being gifted opera gloves (by Fownes) was a boon to my attempts to look historically accurate! They were, in act, gifted to me 170 miles from the old New York City office.
Obviously these gloves do not date to 1812. However I was told that they actually date to the 1930's. I've researched for evidence of that, but I cannot tell one way or the other. Does anyone know?