Vintage 1920s Flapper Stockings Botany Wool Plaited on Cotton Black NOS Unused
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a pair of 1920s vintage ladies stockings made in Canada of “Pure Botany Wool Plaited on Cotton”. Plaiting is a process of interweaving two or more fibres. These came out of an old general store and are old store stock, never used. The thread that held them together is still present, but the stockings have been separated. The foot is printed in blue wth “Pure Botany Wool Plaited on Cotton Made in Canada 9”. Botany wool was a term used during the late 19th century for merino wool originating from Botany Bay in Australia. It continued to be used commonly through to the 1920s, and although it was used subsequently, it was mostly replaced with the generic term “merino wool” after the 1920s. The stockings are made in black. As mentioned, they would fit an average foot, sized as 9. They measure 27” from the top to the bottom of the heel and the foot measures 9” in length from the back of the heel to the toe. The top 6 inches are thicker and more elasticized so as to keep the stockings in place. They are unused, but have some discolouration to one side of the toe on each stocking (brownish instead of black), probably as a result of light exposure during storage (see last close-up photo) - why it only affect that one area seems to have something to do with whatever was used to reinforce the toe. This is a great find - unused flapper stockings!