KCIDigital Archives

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Early 19th century - England

Yellow silk knit with embroidered blue knit clock.
19.0cm (sole) / 52.0cm (length)
Inventory Number(s)
AC5053 84-39-10AB

The body of the stocking is made of bright yellow flat knit silk with decorative clocks adding glamour to the ankle. The clocks are embroidered with potted trees and birds. There are seams at the back center and at the toes.
In the first half of the 19th century, dainty flat shoes made of lightweight materials came into fashion to match the dresses of translucent materials and shorter-lengths. Women favored stockings with decorations such as embroidery around the ankles, which became visible as the wearer moved.