Stockings were made in a variety of fibers as well as mixes of
fibers. C. Rathell of Williamsburg, Virginia offers for sale "Silk, Cotton
and Thread (flax) Stockings". In Samuel Richardson's "Pamela"
written in 1740, Pamela who is a superior maid servant is given on her mistress'
death "four pair of fine white cotton stockings and three pair of fine silk
ones". In Germantown and Philadelphia prior to 1775 a growing stocking
industry employs 150 frames upon which brown & white thread and cotton
stockings are made. By the late 1770's Colonel Leffingwell's stocking
factory in Norwich Connecticut is producing cotton, thread, silk and worsted