A pair of beautiful early wedding garters with great American provenance. The white silk garters are embroidered in bright chenille flowers, with the motto “la vertu” (virtue) on one, and “m’attache” (is attached to me, tied to me, etc.) on the other. The garters belonged to Elizabeth Martin and date from 1702, when Elizabeth married her neighbor, Richard Dallam. The Dallams were a prominent Calvert County, Maryland, family and they had even more prominent grandchildren: William Paca, the third Maryland governor under statehood and signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Richard Caswell, first governor of independent North Carolina. There is quite a lot of shredding to the silk, especially on “m’attache” (which also has an early buckle), where the cotton stuffing is emerging in one spot, but most of the embroidery is intact and the ruching is incredible! A fascinating piece of American textile history!