Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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Jameson Knowles Company, Boston, USA

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Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Footwear


Suede, leather


1930s. Oxford shoe. Tan suede with a vamp (toe) coming to an oval point in front and extending in back to the middle of the arch of the foot. The quarters (backs) are sewn together at center back and the top edge is cut into an acute angle above the vanishing point of the vamp, rising in a deep curve over the instep to form the closed-tab front-lacing construction of the shoe. Seven pairs of eyelets are stitched into this, threaded with a brown lace tipped with narrow metal aiglets. The tongue is cut with a scalloped top edge and meets the level of the top of the lacing tabs. The sole is leather with a knock-on stacked leather heel. The vamp is lined in cotton and the quarters are lined in leather. Marked as size 5-B on the lining and stamped on the insole in gold with the maker's label. Professionally made. Machine-sewn.


Length: 25.4 cm / 10 in.
Width: 7 cm / 2.75 in.
Heel height: 2.9 cm / 1.125 in.


Gift of Sir Charles Jameson. Label: "Jameson Knowles Company, Boston, USA".

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University of New Hampshire Library


Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

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The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.


Women's shoes (footwear), 1930s, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Oxford shoe, Tan (color), Suede, Eyelets, Brown lace, Metal aiglets, Stacked leather heel, Cotton lining, Leather sole, Maker's label, Professionally made, Machine-sewn, Jameson (donor)


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