10769.21 | Stockings (toy)
1862, 19th century
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
In the 1860s, coloured stockings became extremely fashionable. In addition to their colour, they were decorated with a woven pattern or embroidered design on the side. For eveningwear, longer silk stockings held up with garters were worn. These hand-knitted stockings are perfect miniatures. Knitted with vertical openwork stripes and expertly turned heels, they attest to the skill of their maker. Lady Blanche Paulet doll's wardrobe was outfitted with two identical pairs of stockings.
Newly developed chemical dyes made a wide selection of colours available for textile production.
Lisle thread, originally manufactured in Lille, France, was used extensively in the production of hosiery.
Machines for knitting stockings were amongst the first technologies developed during the Industrial Revolution.
Young girls learned knitting and needlework both at home and in school during the 1860s.