One of Charlotte’s wedding stockings which she embellished with a Killarney fern and her new initials. Charlotte is reputed to have collected a variety of ferns while on honeymoon in Killarney, with Arthur Bell Nicholls in 1854.
Ferns appear in several of the Brontës’ writings, including Jane Eyre. When the heroine eventually marries Rochester, they reside happily at Ferndean Manor. The language with which Jane applauds married life in the final chapter echoes Patrick Brontë’s advice to a couple about to be married at the close of his tale, The Maid of Killarney (published 1818).
Stocking length 58 cm