Very thick white stockings.
Art work details
Stockings knitted on the stocking frame in thick white cotton to demonstrate the probable quality of hose knitted on William Lee's original stocking frame of 1589. They are 12 gauge. A moderately fine stocking would be between 30 and 40 gauge.
According to tradition Lee knitted first wool and then silk on his frame. Neither, however, satisfied Queen Elizabeth I with regard to fineness. From a collection of historic hosiery exhibited by J R Allen of Allen & Solly at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the International Exhibition of 1862.
ID Number: NCM 1985-770/10