Thursday, January 19, 2012

EARLY! Socks! Probably folkwear but 18th C about?




From the seller:

Antique 17-18c

Handmade woolen folk Socks
Foot is 10.8" long.

THE SHIPPING COST FOR USA: 9.90 DOLLARS

EUROPE 6,80 €






From the seller:

Antique17-18c

Handmade woolen folk Socks
Foot is 8.8" long.
THE SHIPPING COST FOR USA: 9.90 DOLLARS

EUROPE 6,80 €





From the seller:
Antique17-18c

Handmade woolen folk Socks
Foot is 10" long.
THE SHIPPING COST FOR USA: 9.90 DOLLARS

EUROPE 6,80 €


From Me:

I decided to combine three auctions into one post since all three are from the same seller and most likely from the same estate. I think the black pair of socks might actually be 19th C but the other two are 18th C, if not earlier. We tend to focus so much on the gowns and outfits, we forget about things like stockings!

3 comments:

  1. I have no expertise to argue with here, but I'd say 19th century on all three. The fact that they look like traditional folk wear would leave the door open pretty wide on when they could have been made. Some of the colors used in the yarns look like artificial dyes, though. Particularly the lipstick pinks and cerulean blue. Lovely stuff, regardless! I think your site is brilliant, by the way. Thank you for creating such a great (growing!) resource for the costuming/historical fashion community!

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    1. Thank you so much! I wanted to keep a record of all the beautiful examples of historic outfits that I kept seeing; only to see them later disappear.

      The main reason I'm going with earlier is the pointed heel. That style was in vogue in the 17th and 18th c. A maddening range of colors can be achieved through vegetable or plant based dies (using beets and madder can get a lipstick pink). The trick is getting the same color each time and ones that didn't fade - which is some of the reasons why the chemical dyes became so important.

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  2. The black socks are Serbian - still worn the folk costume and still being made, though not as finely, but I would guess they are no older than the late 1800s and likely newer;the white pairs are from the same general region - could be Bulgarian or Macedonian and are probably no older than 1930s - the unique shapes come from the construction method also used in Turkish folk socks (remember the many centuries of Ottoman influence in the region). I've replicated these styles myself and it was not easy. The socks are all quite wonderful...

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