Cool and Rare Buckle Back Glove

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Cool and Rare Buckle Back Glove

Postby vintagebrett » February 22nd, 2008, 9:33 am

Picked this one up yesterday - it is a Bet-R-Built Babcock, Hinds & Underwood model G425X Merrill May buckle back glove. The buckle is super neat - it's not really a buckle - take a look at the pictures. I've never seen this manufacturer before. I've seen Merrill May on Rawlings gloves and the model # would seem to indicate that they had something to do with this glove. It is very well made and in good shape. Anyone seen a glove like this or this manufacturer? I did a little research online and found that they were a hardware store in New York state. I guess it's likely that Rawlings made the glove for them, although the back throws me for a loop because I haven't seen a Rawlings like this.

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Postby nygiants » February 22nd, 2008, 9:57 am

I do not want to sound stupid here ( sometimes it just comes natural) but how would you put your hand in the glove?
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Postby vintagebrett » February 22nd, 2008, 10:34 am

Your hand still goes in the same way as a normal glove - the wrist strap is there instead of a buckle - there is an entrance below as usual. The small piece in the middle isn't connected to the lining - it has some wool on it to keep the back of your hand padded.
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Postby BretMan » February 22nd, 2008, 10:41 am

I posted a picture back awhile ago of a buckle-back glove with the same sort of pad attached to the wrist strap.

See the photo here: Glove With Wrist Pad
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Bonus points!

Postby Cowboy7130 » February 22nd, 2008, 12:09 pm

And it's really fun to say! Bonus points for the alliteration!

"Bet-R-Built Babcock Buckleback, Bet-R-Built Babcockleback, ... Bet-R-Burr ... Built ... Babcock ... Buckleback, Bet-R-Built Babcock Buckleback ..."

OK ... YOU try to say it three times fast! :lol:
Yes, I still have my first glove.
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Re: Cool and Rare Buckle Back Glove

Postby mikesglove » August 30th, 2011, 2:54 am

here is a 1938 catalog page from Babcock, Hinds, Underwood with some Rawlings and Bet-R-Bilt gloves. I also think they were made by Rawlings for the hardware chain. The wrist strap is pretty cool on your glove. I owned a 1940's Rawlings "Bill Brubaker" model with the same arrangement.
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