Cross Stitch Wedding Garter

Cross stitch wedding garter, belonged to Mrs Clara Jane Wreford-Brown, 1864, Great Britain. From The Underpinnings Museum collection. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date:  1864

Origin: Great Britain

Fabric: Silk and elastic

Brand: Custom made



A wedding garter made with a panel of floral embroidered net, backed with silk ribbon and attached to a strip of elastic. The garter is entirely hand sewn. The elastic panel is a relatively early example of elastic technology, which was unfortunately somewhat unstable, and so the latex core has significantly degraded.

This object was the wedding garter of Mrs Clara Jane Wreford-Brown, of 5 Litfield Place, Clifton.

Garters were commonly worn to keep stockings up just above the knee until the popularisation of suspenders, whether attached to corsets or a belt. Until the invention of elastic, garters were tied onto the body with ribbon. Elastication allowed for a more comfortable and flexible fit.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2017-016


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