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Leather gloves can be easily price-identified because they cost much less than the other gloves with randomized appearance. Martial roles such as barbarians, knights, monks, samurai, and valkyries start the game with this item already identified, as do healers who begin the game equipped with a +1 pair.
Acquisition of some kind of gloves or gauntlets is a key middle-game objective, as wearing something on your hands prevents a number of cockatrice-related deaths (walking over a corpse while blind, attacking a live cockatrice without a wielded weapon, etc.). It may even be worth wearing cursed gloves with a negative enchantment (until the curse can be lifted) to avoid this series of YASDs. Soldiers are an excellent source of gloves and much other gear besides.
Encyclopedia entry (for yugake)Edit
Japanese leather archery gloves. Gloves made for use while
practicing had thumbs reinforced with horn. Those worn into
battle had thumbs reinforced with a double layer of leather.