Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection
 

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Creator

W.H. Pearson & Co., Boston

Date Created

1879

Subject

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

Medium

Kid leather, kidskin, leather

Description

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.

Extent

Length: 22.2 cm / 8.75 in.
Width: 6.4 cm / 2.5 in.
Heel height: 3.8 cm / 1.5 in.

Provenance

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.

Museum Number

456

Publisher

University of New Hampshire Library

Contributor

Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

Date Digitized

3-1-2019

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Comments

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.

Keywords

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)

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