Mittens

Found in a Newfoundland field, these well-mended “tumgluttons” were used for hunting and fishing. Notice how three fingers are kept together for warmth, while the index finger and thumb are allowed to move freely. These mittens maintain heat better when wet, so fishermen dipped them in warm salt water with their hands still inside.


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Why did the donor of these mittens refer to them as “tumgluttons” – what is the origin of this name?

responded: Apr 13, 2010

Posted by Indy Anna Jones

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I’m not sure what Tumglutton means but I do know that mittens like these are now being used in the work force in places like ski hills. These mittens are also used in snowmobiling.

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