A pair of children's ankle socks, made in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.
These were made for small children - foot size 6 inches (note: this is not the same as shoe size)
Made in Britain by Silquesta.
The socks are a creamy-white colour.
The tops of the socks (the turn-down part) are decorated with a Royal Crown and ER (short for Elizabeth Regina), in a wreath of laurel.
Altogether a charming little bit of social history - and quite unusually with vintage clothing, a garment which can be definitely dated to a particular year.
New and unused.
They have been in storage in a shop since 1953, and they are still sewn together at the back of the ankle, with a 1950s price tag stapled to one sock.
This price is 1/3 (one shilling and three pence).
The socks have kept their colour well, but there are a few faint marks from storage - and some small spots where the staples have rusted.
Obviously, these socks are 60 years old, and if you DID want to use them, they would have to be hand-washed before use.