A recent pickup. A cool looking 19th century catchers mitt. A big boy at about 12" diameter with some unique features. The lace-up palm is the most recognizable. The two part webbing is what really grabbed me though. The first part of the web on the back is a series of laced eyelets on the thumb and body of the mitt to cinch up the thumb
The other part of the pocket webbing on the front is this really quirky extension of the reinforced palm leather on the thumb side that forms a flap overlaying the body of the mitt, all cinched together with lacing through eyelets. The adjustment of this lacing works independent of the lacing on the back. The whole design is something I have never seen before.