Stockings (detail)

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from Gunnister, Northmavine, Shetland

Postcard of Stockings (detail).
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Stockings (detail)

This detail shows the feet of a pair of woollen knitted stockings, or long socks, discovered on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland in the late 17th century.

The feet have been reinforced with extra pieces of knitting sewn on to the sides. These are known as 'clocks'.

Some of the possessions found with the man's body were a quill and writing board for writing and a horn, possibly for ink. He was also carrying a knitted woollen purse and a silk ribbon.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-039-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NA 1043
Date: Late 17th century
Dimensions: 609 mm L
What: Stocking
Subject: Costume, etc. (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Northmavine, Gunnister
Description: Pair of dark brown knitted stockings, worked with clocks, found at Gunnister, Shetland
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