Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Stockings
1880-1900. Black silk stockings made with an openwork design encircling the leg and reaching from the mid-calf to the base of the toe, and with a solid heel and sole. 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 or mended. Machine-made. Hand-darned.
Length from welt to heel: 64.8 cm / 25.5 in.
Length of foot: 22.9 cm / 9 in.
Length of openwork (top to toe): 26.7 cm / 10.5 in.
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Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Stockings, 1880-1900, Hose, Hosiery, Silk, Black (color), Openwork design, Darning, Mending, Machine-made, Hand-darned