Woman's Garters

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in France, Europe

Early 19th century

Silk satin with silk embroidery and silk braid, padded with tow and wood chips with paper stiffening; plain weave silk over coiled wire springs; ferrous metal clasps

Length: 11 7/16 inches (29 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Margaret G. Cowell and Miss Annie A. Cowell, 1922

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Tying a garter around the leg would keep the stocking up, but could impede circulation. Spring garters, patented in England in 1783, solved this problem. The embroidered French sayings may indicate that these two examples were given as love tokens.

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