They were unsold shop stock from around the 1940s, and have been in storage at the shop ever since.
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.
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.