White Cotton Stockings
Pair of stockings knitted in white cotton on the stocking frame.
Art work details
The barely visible decoration at the ankles is done by transfer stitches. According to a label of 1851 they are "5 thread, 34 gauge hose, made in the year 1790, cotton spun by Sir R Arkwright."
Sir Richard Arkwright (1732 - 1792) invented a spinning machine which used rollers. He built a factory in Nottingham but later moved to Cromford, Derbyshire. Marked 'I' below welt. One of a collection of historic stockings exhibited by J R Allen of Allen & Solly at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the International Exhibition in 1862.
ID Number: NCM 1985-770/2