Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Charming Pair of Red Victorian Stockings

A short post, a trifle: Wouldn't these be a bright spot in your wardrobe on cool, cloudy days? There is something cozy and charming about these Victorian stockings.  Cherry red cotton knit stockings are embroidered with floral details, c. 1860s+. The cotton is sturdy yet soft. Examination reveals a channel runs across the top of both - most likely to contain garters. A subtle seam runs up the back.
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While they may not compete with these delightful French cotton stockings (c. 1870s) and their bounty of cherries, they have just enough embellishment to make them special.

Image, courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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