Size: labeled a vintage size 9 ½ (regular), the stockings should correspond to approximately a modern size 7 foot
Label: Phoenix Hosiery Co, Milwaukee WI, Made in USA
In like new, unworn condition and in their original box, these two pairs of WWI era seamed vintage stockings (dating from approximately the late 1910s or early 1920s) are a real find! The dark grey pair of seamed stockings, described as “gunmetal” on the outside of the box, have contrasting colored heels, toes and tops. While the grey section feels like a thick silk knit, the heels, toes and tops feel like cotton lisle, or perhaps a silk and cotton blend. The plain black pair of stockings is made of cotton lisle, also. Both pairs of stockings are on the heavier side as far as the thickness of the knit, probably for fall and winter rather than summer. (In fact, in our research, we found an early 1920s catalog page of stockings that described the color gunmetal as winter shade—so it’s a pretty good bet.) The adhesive labels on each pair tell us that: “Phoenix Hosiery combines enduring elegance and sturdy service…so that you may travel in fine luxury and wise economy”. Who doesn’t want that? The paper wrapper inside the original box has cobweb designs embossed on it—a really neat detail! These two pairs of seamed vintage stockings are in excellent to mint condition, never worn and come with their original box.