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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1840-1845 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knitted silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the executors of Mrs Watkin Roberts (deceased)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These socks are embroidered with a crown and the letter V. They are most likely to have been worn by Princess Victoria (born 1840) the eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The socks are also marked with the number 6, which means that the wearer had at least six pairs of socks, each pair of which would be separately numbered from 1 to 6. Marks like this enabled clothes to be checked as present, and also given to the correct wearer in a family after they had been washed. More basic marks were used well into the 1950s by many families sending clothes away to the laundry for washing.

Physical description

(original 1933 catalogue entry) Pair of socks. White silk, knitted. Openweave pattern of vertical stripes with plain upper edge and row of lozenges below. Marked in red silk on the sole[s] of the feet with a crown and V and the numeral 6.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1840-1845 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Knitted silk

Marks and inscriptions

belonging to member of the royal family

Probably the initial of HRH Princess Victoria (born 1840)

One of six pairs of socks belonging to this owner


Length: 5 in, Length: 4¼ in (foot)

Object history note

Given by the executors of Mrs Watkin Roberts (deceased) (RF 1933/ 448). Probably worn by Princess Victoria (b 1840), eldest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Descriptive line

Child's socks of knitted ivory-coloured silk, monogrammed V (probably worn by Princess Victoria, b 1840); England, 1840-45


Silk thread




Children & Childhood; Children's clothes; Royalty


Museum of Childhood

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