Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Stockings
1840s-1850s. Cream cotton stockings with red embroidered clocks (ornamentation extending up the calf from the ankle) on both the inside and outside and framing the gusset. 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. Machine-made. Hand-darned.
Length from welt to heel: 55.9 cm / 22 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 Fred Ordway
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Stockings, 1840s-1850s, Hose, Hosiery, Cotton, Cream (color), Stocking clocks, Embroidery, Red (color), Darning, Machine-made, Hand-darned, Ordway (donor)