This section is from the book "The Manufacture Of Boots And Shoes: Being A Modern Treatise Of All The Processes Of Making And Manufacturing Footgear", by F. Y. Golding. Also available from Amazon: The Manufacture Of Boots And Shoes.
For glove kids the skin of the lamb is chiefly used. The best are of French production. They are tawed, which is done as follows: The skins are soaked, then limed, and unhaired by a blunt knife on the beam. After fleshing they are "bated," and then fleshed a second time. The skins are then thoroughly cleansed and drenched with a bran drench. They are now subjected to a mixture of alum, salt, flour, and egg yolk, and when tawed are dried and dyed. Glove kid is a very soft, pliable, stretchy leather, and not suitable for work liable to be exposed to a wet climate. The cutting, owing to the smallness of skins in relation to the pattern, and the necessity of cutting all one way of the stretch, and matching the work produced, is only entrusted to men of competent judgment.