This wool stocking was found alongside a ball of darning wool. It would have been worn with breeches that came to just below the knee, and, in the absence of elastic, would have been tied above the knee with garters. On board ship the purser would have carried a stock of clothing, called slops, that the crew could purchase if needed (the cost was taken from their wages). Worsted stockings were part of the slops provided by the purser. The officers would have worn white stockings as part of their uniform, the crew - grey yarn.
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