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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pope & Plante (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-knitted in ecru elasticated cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Object Type
This stocking was almost certainly a special product for the Great Exhibition. An inscription is unusual in a commercially made garment at this date, but it shows the many different shapes and patterns that the company's knitting machines could produce. The words may be adapted from the Bible: 'Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren...' (1 Pet. 3:8).

Materials & Making
The stocking is knitted mainly in a lacy stitch that was popular in women's and children's stockings and socks during the 19th century. Stocking stitch, which is much stronger, was used for the sole of the foot and at the top, where the wearer would put most pressure on the stocking.

At this time Pope & Plante were trying out a knitting thread that mixed rubber with silk or cotton to give some flexibility. This produced better fitting stockings that would also last longer.

Physical description


Place of Origin

London (made)


1851 (made)


Pope & Plante (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-knitted in ecru elasticated cotton

Marks and inscriptions

Knitted in the stocking: 'POPE & PLANTE/ 1851/ LET US LOVE/ AS BRETHREN'


Height: 63 cm, Width: 20 cm

Object history note

RF number is 2000/929.

Descriptive line

Machine knitted from elasticated cotton; made by Pope & Plante of Regent Street, London. Inscription: POPE & PLANTE/ 1851/ LET US LOVE/ LIKE BRETHREN; Net, possibly English, c.1850

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The exhibiting hosiery companies offered a range of patterns, both in colours and stitches. Some entries were concerned with technological innovation, others demonstrated new fashions in design. These examples were especially knitted to include the exhibition date and appropriate mottoes. [27/03/2003]


Cotton yarn


Machine knitting


Clothing; Great Exhibition; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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