Gauntlet Glove with Chalk Body Outlines (detail)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took a gauntlet glove, belonging to Agathe Christie, to a psychometrist in the hope of tracking his fellow crime writer down, when she famously disappeared in December 1926. On inspecting the article the psychometrist concluded, "The person who owns it is half dazed and half purposeful. She is not dead as many think; she is alive. You will hear of her, I think, next Wednesday". He also had an impression of water! Mrs Christie was 'rediscovered' at the Hydropathic Hotel, Harrogate, eleven days after her disappearance.
The glove is embroidered with chalk body outlines, posed in a manner that spells Agatha, according to Doyle's code in his short story 'The Adventure of the Dancing Men'. There are also clues to 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd', Agatha's bestseller of 1926.
Glove length 20 cm