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Pair of Stockings

ca. 1780 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Pair of stockings made from frame-knitted green silk with clocks of pink knitted silk worked in the intarsia technique. These are finely embroidered in white green and yellow silk in a design of three elongated diamond green leaves rising from a basket surmounted by two birds facing each other. The design repeats twice more becoming gradually smaller. Above is an embroidery of similar but pink birds facing each other over a pink and white diamond shaped motif.

The stockings are unfashioned and shaped very slightly at the toe where they are seamed together. There is a seam on the centre sole and up the back of the stocking. They are just over knee-length and have two green stripes at the welt, as well as a narrow border which is turned over and stitched in white silk.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Stocking
  • Stocking
Materials and Techniques
Silk yarn; frame-knitted and hand embroidered
Brief Description
Pair of stockings of knitted green silk, with pink clocks, Spanish, ca.1780
Physical Description
Pair of stockings made from frame-knitted green silk with clocks of pink knitted silk worked in the intarsia technique. These are finely embroidered in white green and yellow silk in a design of three elongated diamond green leaves rising from a basket surmounted by two birds facing each other. The design repeats twice more becoming gradually smaller. Above is an embroidery of similar but pink birds facing each other over a pink and white diamond shaped motif.



The stockings are unfashioned and shaped very slightly at the toe where they are seamed together. There is a seam on the centre sole and up the back of the stocking. They are just over knee-length and have two green stripes at the welt, as well as a narrow border which is turned over and stitched in white silk.
Dimensions
  • T.156 1971 length: 61.0cm (approx)
  • T.156 1971 width: 13.0cm (approx)
  • T.156 a 1971 length: 61.0cm (approx)
  • T.156 a 1971 width: 14.0cm (approx)
Marks and Inscriptions
'E A COST A' (Knitted in under the welt of one of the stockings)
Gallery Label
Silk stockings These luxurious embroidered silk stockings were imported from Spain. 18th-century men's stockings are hard to distinguish from women's, except by size, which can be an unreliable guide. Both sexes supported their stockings with garters, tied around the leg just above or below the knee. Garters were intimate items of clothing. Political and personal messages were sometimes incorporated in their design. Stockings Spain, mid 18th century Hand-knitted silk, embroidered with silk V&A: T.156&A-1971 Given by Miss B. Hinton(16/04/2016-12/03/2017)
Credit line
Given by Miss B. Hinton
Bibliographic Reference
Silk: Fibre, Fabric and Fashion, edited by Lesley Ellis Miller and Ana Cabrera Lafuente with Claire Allen-Johnstone, Thames and Hudson Ltd. in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, 2021, pp. 260-261
Collection
Accession Number
T.156-1971

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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