I don’t know what it is about early Amish dolls and clothing that appeal to me so much, diagnosis but I know I’m not alone with this passion. The first time I saw and Amish doll l loved it. I didn’t know it was Amish, and I didn’t know how old it was, it just won my heart. That was many years ago, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and I still own that doll and have collected many more since then. Maybe it’s because my parents lived in Lancaster County, and I spent so much time there, and still do when I shop for antiques for my store. I think this pair of a young Amish girl’s stockings are extra sweet. Someone went to great lengths to patch them, and keep them wearable for as long as possible. These socks are 1890-1920, and will be for sale soon on my website http://www.carolescountry.com/
Knitting was an important activity in the Amish home in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, as women produced mittens, hats and stockings for their families. At that time woman and children wore bright colored wool stockings like these. The vivid hues and heavily decorated top bands are characteristic of the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Amish. By the 1920′s bright colored stockings were not worn anymore, with the exception of hand knit baby booties and stockings, and one of the reasons why they are so popular with collectors today.