How common over the years was it for gloves and mitts to be given a wax factory finish, and when might the practice have stopped? The late 30's/early 40's Goldsmith catcher's mitt I'm cleaning had a thick coat of waxy build-up on the face. At first I assumed it was a home-brew application at some point, but then I saw the ads for Ted Kennedy gloves and mitts ca. 1905 that specifically featured an "oil wax face" or a "pickled wax face." So that has me wondering if I should re-apply something like a beeswax finish (or thicker) at the end.
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