Seamed “Clouded” Cotton Stockings


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The term "clouded" in the 18th century is found in reference to stockings as well as textiles.  It seems to describe a weave consisting of two or more colored yarns when woven together creates a "mottled" effect. Descriptions of “clouded” stockings show up occasionally in runaway accounts and ads.  In the Virginia Gazette the following ads appeared.
Chester, December 24, 1765

Sixteen dollars reward, Last Night broke out of the “Goal” of this County…….Thomas Caldwell, about 5 Feet 10 Inches high, of sandy Complexion, wears his Hair, tied behind and Had on a Sailor’s blue Pea Jacket, Petticoat Trowsers, and a Pair of clouded Stockings……….

Virginia Gazette February 14, 1751

He serv’d his time on Rappahannock River, and had when he went away a coarse blue cloth coat, lin’d with coarse red shalloon, a pair of buck-skin breeches, a pair of old dim, and a pair of light colour’d ditto, a green waistcoat much worn, and white, flat, eight square metal buttons of two sorts, and bound when new with green cord, whereof there is some remains yet, a pair of blue and white clouded yarn stockings, a pair of scotch shoes new soled, a new castor hat, and several other cloaths:

  • Available in the mixed blue & white only.
  • One size fits most.
  • 100% Cotton

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