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Pair of stockings

Pair of stockings

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1590 - 1615 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 54, case 2 []

Object Type
Before the introduction of knitting to England in the 15th century, all hose were made from woven fabrics, either linen or wool. By the beginning of the 17th century knitted stockings were the most popular form of hose, but the cut versions like this example continued to be worn.

Designs & Designing
The stocking has been cut to follow the shape of the leg as closely as possible to prevent sagging. Cut hose were often worn under knitted silk hose, but the embroidered edgings in green silk meant that this one could also be worn on its own.

Physical description

Woven stockings

Place of Origin

England (made)


1590 - 1615 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk


Height: 93 cm hem to heel, Length: 25.4 cm foot, Width: 28 cm top

Object history note

Made in England

Descriptive line

Pair of stockings, M, English, 1590-1615, woven linen, embroidered

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Stockings made from wool or linen, cut on the bias (diagonally to the weave) to allow stretch were known as 'cut hose'. Lacing at the ankle gave a tight fit. Plain hose like this could be worn under a more expensive silk stocking to create a smooth line over hairy legs. [27/03/2003]






Footwear; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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