"Victory or Death" Socks — Made in USA
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The socks: Our original design is a reminder of the huge risk and critical victory by Washington and his men on Christmas Day night in 1776. The stars are based on a surviving flag used at George Washington’s headquarters. Part of the pass phrase is on one sock and the rest on the other, along with Washington’s signature and the date of the attack.
Woven in America with 75% Cotton, 22% Nylon, and 3% Spandex.
Size: One size fits most. According to the mill, US Men's Shoe 7-14 and US Women's Shoe 7-13. However, one early customer is a woman who wears a size 5 shoe and she’s very happy with her socks and said they fit just fine.
Care: Machine wash cold and tumble dry.
This design is also available in an an American made woven throw blanket, crewneck shirt for men and women, long-sleeved shirt, crewneck sweatshirt, women's v-neck shirt, as well as a sticker, magnet, and enamel pin.
Historical Background Behind the Design
Recognizing Washington’s daring attack on Trenton on Christmas Night. Conditions were brutal. In fact, two men froze to death waiting for the crossing. Two other planned crossings didn’t make it. Only Washington’s. The attack was a rout, and just in time. The war had been going very badly and for a large number of Washington’s men, their commissions would be up in a few days. “Victory or death” was the pass phrase Washington assigned to his camp in the days leading up to the crossing. Early on the 26th, it was, victory, and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time in the war.
Read more about the historic event behind the design here.
For shipments to addresses within the U.S. (scroll down for International shipping)
Flat-rate shipping: Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, and button packs is $5.95.
For hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets, the shipping cost is $8.95.
Our flat rate shipping means you can add two or more t-shirts, sweatshirts, or caps for no additional shipping charge.
Note that some large or heavy items may have an additional shipping charge, and when they do, that will be noted on the product page.
We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them. This applies to in-stock items. Framed items or items requiring personalization may take up to two weeks longer.
We close for a week over Independence Day and Christmas. A notice will appear at the top of every page of the site in advance of this closure.
We ship most orders via USPS, so if the post office is closed, we won't be shipping orders that day.
If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance, especially if you are using USPS shipping.
If you're looking for reliable, on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."
- When fulfillment takes longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
- If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
- If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.
Charges for shipping to destinations in the United States and to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses
- Free shipping
- On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.
US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. (See more on UPS in the next section.)
$5.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $5.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.
$8.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.
UPS 3 Business Day Select
Note: UPS 3 Business Day select is not available for addresses in Hawaii and Alaska. If UPS is selected for Hawaii or Alaska, the order will be shipped UPS Ground.
- $14.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
$18.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.
- If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.
- UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
For shipments to addresses outside the United StatesDestinations
We only ship to locations that are served by US Postal Service International Service.
- Canada and Mexico
- $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
$24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.
- Rest of the World
- Rates starts at $65.00.
Additional charges for all destinations
Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge. If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.
If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.
All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.
Your purchases support our mission to engage people with local history and to support historic sites and history organizations across the country.
I received my victory or death socks the other day and they are wonderful! The design and fabric are high quality and shipping was super fast. Kudos to The History List for another creative offering!