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Stocking

1851 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.

Innovation
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.


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

  • Stocking
  • Insole
Materials and Techniques
Machine-knitted in ecru elasticated cotton
Brief Description
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
Physical Description
Stocking
Dimensions
  • Height: 63cm
  • Width: 20cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 29/06/2000 by ET
Marks and Inscriptions
Knitted in the stocking: 'POPE & PLANTE/ 1851/ LET US LOVE/ AS BRETHREN'
Gallery Label
British Galleries: STOCKINGS KNITTED FOR THE GREAT EXHIBITION 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)
Object history
RF number is 2000/929.
Summary
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.

Innovation
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.
Collection
Accession Number
AP.421:2

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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