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Garters, Jerusalem

Origin: Mediterranean or Jerusalem, for export
Gift of Mrs. Cora Ginsburg
Acc. No. 1991-491,1-2
A. & B. A pair of garters woven of red and ivory silk. Woven inscription reads "Iervsalem 1649". One end of each garter is a loop and the other end is braided. Stripes, checks, and other geometric patterns fill the length.
Label:Garters consisted of long narrow ribbons or tapes tied tightly over the stocking tops. This is one of several surviving pairs of seventeenth-century garters with the word "Jerusalem" woven in as part of the design. Garters such as these reached England and America. Judge Samuel Sewall of Boston received a pair as a gift in 1688. He was told the garters had been purchased in Algier and were made by a Jewish person.
Provenance:From the collection of Cora Ginsburg.