At some time in the (likely) distant future I will need a pair of garters to secure my lovely, clocked white silk stockings (which I will own sometime in the distant future).
I only bring this up now because I’ve recently found what I consider to be the perfect extant garters to reproduce. It’s not so much the embroidery itself that makes these winners – it’s the message stitched on them. They are, of course, French.
The top one is embroidered with “halte la”, and the other one says “on ne passe pas.”
The message: “Stop here, you can go no further.”
(To see a mouth-watering selection of 18th century garters click here.)