Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Stockings




1865-1880. White cotton stockings with white embroidered clocks (ornamentation extending up the calf from the ankle) on both the inside and outside and framing the gusset. One stocking has different clocks than the other. The welt (top) is plain. Each stocking is knitted flat and shaped to follow the contours of the leg, reaching from the welt to the toe and joined at the back of the leg with a single seam that runs from the welt to under the heel. The heel is knitted of a piece with the main stocking and given shape by the seam. The gusset and sole are one continuous piece, which is seamed to the sides of the heel and to the edges of the stocking at both sides of the foot and across the front of the toe. Damage from wear has been darned. A tape with “Susan C. Sawyer” is stitched to the welt. Machine-made. Hand-darned.


Length from welt to heel: 66 cm / 26 in.
Length of foot: 22.9 cm / 9 in.
Length of embroidery: 15.2 cm / 6 in.
Width of embroidery at widest: 1.4 cm / 0.56 in.


Gift of Mary Pepperrell Ffrost Sawyer. Label "Susan E. Sawyer" Worn by Susan Ellen Sawyer (b. 1840, d. 1899) in and around Dover, New Hampshire. She was married to Charles Henry Sawyer, governor of New Hampshire from 1887-1889, and the mother of James Cowan Sawyer, who married the donor.

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Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

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The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.

Ffrost-Sawyer_history.pdf (75 kB)
Ffrost-Sawyer history


Stockings, 1865-1880, Dover, New Hampshire, United States, Hose, Hosiery, Cotton, White (color), Embroidery, Stocking clocks, Darning, Machine-made, Hand-darned, Ffrost Sawyer (donor), Ffrost (donor), Frost (donor)


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