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2006/82/17 Stockings (pair), womens, silk, maker unknown, France, 1890-1900. Click to enlarge.

Pair of womens stockings from France

The history of the stocking highlights the early significant advancements that were made, not only in the area of manufacturing technology but in textile design. The developments and innovations made over time in technology and textile design of the 'humble' stocking have had far-reaching applications into many other areas. For instance, replacing silk with nylon as parachute material during World War 2. This collection charts the innovations in textile design from the use of natural to …


Object No.


Object Statement

Stockings (pair), womens, silk, maker unknown, France, 1890-1900

Physical Description

Stockings (pair), women's, silk, maker unknown, France, 1890-1900

Pair of stockings tacked together. Thread: silk, colour: black, decoration: lace inset, length: 27", 1.5"welting.


Donor's tags - "Name: B17"
- "Name: CN315"



120 mm




Black stockings with lace insets, such as these, would have been popular in the years before World War I. This pair of stockings is similar to examples illustrated in The Delineator in July 1914. The new dances of the period, such as the turkey-trot, the Boston glide and the tango would have shown off the lace detail of the stockings beautifully.

Reference: Jeremy Farrell, Socks and Stockings, published by B.T.Batsford, 1992.



The collection was put together by Mrs Nanona Beecher-Moore between 1978 and 1985. Mrs Beecher-Moore was interested in building up a collection that demonstrated the social and textile history of the development of stockings. She recognised the fact that stockings were not being collected or appreciated, particularly those of the 20th century. Mrs Beecher-Moore travelled regularly with her work as a psychotherapist, and with her husband, and looked at stockings in museums all around the world, buying whenever she could. She developed a special interest in nylons, after researching the area of 19th century pornographic literature and advertisements, and was guided in her collecting by her friend, Ms Valerie Mendes of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Purchased by the donor in Bath, England 1979


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Naona Beecher-Moore in honour of KC and Tomy Berkeley, 2006

Acquisition Date

13 June 2006

Cite this Object


Pair of womens stockings from France 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 August 2022, <>


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