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FORTIFAX long wool socks Vintage 1930s 1940s 10" Shoe size 7 UNUSED DAMAGED

FORTIFAX long wool socks Vintage 1930s 1940s 10" Shoe size 7 UNUSED DAMAGED


One pair of vintage brown long wool socks, suitable for either sex, for outdoor use.
Judging by the style and labelling, I would think they were probably made with just before or just after the period of clothes rationing (1941-1949).
So perhaps around 1940, or around 1950.
The markings say:
"Lastex" YARN IN TOE
FORTIFAX REGD
10 IN.
BRITISH MANUFACTURE
As you can see, these socks have never been worn.
They are not marked with "garment composition" - but they appear to be the very itchy type of wool socks....
They were unsold shop stock from around the 1940s, and have been in storage at the shop ever since.
Size
These socks are marked in traditional SOCK sizes (based on the length of the foot in inches), which is NOT the same as shoe size.
They are marked as 10 inches - this is ROUGHLY equivalent to a UK adult shoe size 6 1/2 to 7 1/2.
Please remember that these are very old socks.
Condition
Unused, but NOT in good enough condition to wear.
These socks are 70 years old, and they need to be handled with care.
There is no visible damage, but they aren't very stretchy any more, and they feel a little "dusty" or "gritty".
The dye is not very even - I think this was probably because of the cheap manufacturing methods, rather than because of later damage.
I wouldn't recommend wearing them, because:
- they are very old and won't last long
- they were (as you will recall if you can remember the 1940s) rather itchy and uncomfortable.
- you will need garters, as they will not stay up by themselves (I do not think they were designed to).
The socks smell a little musty, and one or two of them have some minor damage.
This damage is not very noticeable - one or two small moth holes at the heel or near the top of the sock - and a couple of storage marks.
But it is sufficient to make them unfit to wear.




Sock Size (inches)


Our Price: £10.00







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