“G” for Garters:

Stockings embroidered with gold and silver, and garters: very few assortments of this type of stockings would be sold, but as was noted in the article on silk stockings, they should be wider from the calf down to the heal, like those from Genoa. Having said that, those produced in Lyon are more beautiful and more highly regarded. The colors must be beautiful and as described in the article on silk stockings.

Along with the stockings, one should have an assortment of embroidered garters like those from Genoa. There should be one pair of garters for every four pairs of stockings. No garters are produced in Spain, and none have come yet from China.” (Translated from Jean de Monségur, 1709, Chap. XXXVIII)

Some examples of garters from early modern time are specially displayed at the Victoria and Albert museum, London, for the exhibition Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion (Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 40 Fashion 16/04/2016-05/02/2017)

Woven silk garter, England, ca. 1750. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, given by Mr K L. Stock, T.433-1970
Woven silk garter, England, ca. 1750. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, given by Mr K L. Stock, T.433-1970
Pair of embroidered ivory silk garters with silver thread in chain stitch, France, ca. 1780. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, given by Christopher Lennox Boyd, T.106&A-1969
Pair of embroidered ivory silk garters with silver thread in chain stitch, France, ca. 1780. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, given by Christopher Lennox Boyd, T.106&A-1969

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O362689/garter-unknown/http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O139317/pair-of-garters-unknown/

Silk ribbons were used for a multitude of utilitarian and decorative purposes along the 18th century. Garters of silk ribbon were tied around the knee to hold the stocking up.

Some examples of coloured ribbon made of woven silk, with silver and gilded threads, can be seen at the Victoria and Albert museum, Europe 1600-1815 Galleries.

Coral coloured ribbon made of woven silk, with gilded silver thread, France, 1720-50. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1355-1871
Coral coloured ribbon made of woven silk, with gilded silver thread, France, 1720-50. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1355-1871
Ribbon made of woven silk, with silver and silver gilded threads, French 1700-50. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1357-1871
Ribbon made of woven silk, with silver and silver gilded threads, French 1700-50. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1357-1871
Blue and silver ribbon made of woven silk with silver, France, 1700-70. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1358-1871
Blue and silver ribbon made of woven silk with silver, France, 1700-70. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1358-1871

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O292856/ribbon-unknown/http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O292855/ribbon-unknown/http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O292854/ribbon-unknown/

The dolls known as Lord and Lady Clapham from the 1690s, preserved at the Victoria and Albert museum, London, have got stockings and garters; these elements are very interesting and precious since very few items from such an early period survive, and demonstrate of how their were worn.

Pair of doll’s garters made of tabby silk ribbon, London, 1690-1700. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, T.846G&H-1974
Pair of doll’s garters made of tabby silk ribbon, London, 1690-1700. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, T.846G&H-1974
Pair of doll’s garters made of tabby silk ribbon, London, 1690-1700. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, T.846G&H-1974
Pair of doll’s garters made of tabby silk ribbon, London, 1690-1700. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, T.846G&H-1974
Doll’s garter, Silk ribbon, London, 1690-1700. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, T.847F-1974
Doll’s garter, Silk ribbon, London, 1690-1700. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, T.847F-1974

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O82510/pair-of-dolls-unknown/http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O83313/dolls-garter-unknown/


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