W.H. Pearson & Co., Boston
Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Footwear
Kid leather, kidskin, leather
1879. Slippers. Donor identified as wedding slippers, with date. White kidskin shoe with a short vamp (toe), small toe box, and a rounded toe shape. The vamp is sewn to the quarters (backs) at the sides. The quarters are sewn together at center back. The vamp is decorated with a sculpted kidskin bow. All edges are bound with silk twill tape. The cut ends of narrow cord or elastic ankle ties remain inside the shoes. The sole is leather with a knock-on leather-covered French/Louis heel. The soles are moderately differentiated left from right. Lined with cotton. Professionally made. Hand-sewn.
Length: 22.2 cm / 8.75 in.
Width: 6.4 cm / 2.5 in.
Heel height: 3.8 cm / 1.5 in.
Gift of Clara Wadleigh Label: "21 & 23 Temple Place W.H. Pearson & Co., Boston" Donor reported the shoes came from Mrs. George William's House in Dover, New Hampshire, worn in 1879.
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Women's shoes (footwear), 1879, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Slippers, Wedding slippers, Kidskin, White (color), Bows (costume accessories), Twill tape, Silk, Ankle ties, Leather sole, Knock-on heel, Leather-covered heel, French heel, Louis heel, Cotton lining, Professionally made, Hand-sewn, Wadleigh (donor)