Loft-based stockings of Queen Victoria go to auction

Published: 14th August 2008

Loft-based stockings of Queen Victoria go to auction
Mary Youings, an 82-year-old former teacher from Ripley in Derbyshire, dug Queen Victoria's pair of stockings out of her loft to sell at Hanson's Auctioneers in Derby after the silky offering was passed down through her family for nearly 100 years.

She said that she did not know quite how the historical hosiery became a family heirloom, adding that they were probably given to her mother in around 1910.

Ms Youings added: "It was only when I heard about Queen Victoria's bloomers being sold that I had any idea they might be worth something. I was astonished."

The black and white two-tone stockings will be offered to fans of leggings and tights on September 3rd, where they are expected to generate much more than the proposed reserve of £200.

Victoria's bloomers were revealed to have a 50-inch waistline, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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