Black Stocking

Probably a woman's stocking knitted on the stocking frame.

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Year of production:
"C", possibly Cooke (434 Strand, London)
London or Nottingham
Overall length 66 cm, foot length 23 cm
silk, Nottingham, London

The black (now turned a dark shade of green) is probably the fast dye invented by William Elliot of Nottingham in the mid 18th century. The white tops and toes show that the black will not run into the white. The stocking has a lace clock with lozenges of plain knitting and 'chevening' or hand embroidery on the lozenges and around the clock. Marked 'C' below the welt. One of a collection of historic stockings exhibited by J R Allen at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the International Exhibition in 1862.

ID Number: NCM 1985-770/15

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