Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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T.E. Moseley & Co., Boston

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


Kid leather, kidskin, leather


1860s-1870s. Slippers. White kidskin shoe with a medium vamp (toe) having a recede toe construction (a flat, low profile with no toe box) and a sightly rounded square 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 large multi-lobed silk ribbon bow. The cut ends of narrow cord or elastic ankle ties remain inside the shoes. All edges are bound with silk twill tape. The sole is leather with a knock-on leather-covered heel. The soles are undifferentiated left from right. Lined with cotton. A paper maker's label is glued to the insole. Professionally made. Hand-sewn.


Length: 24.1 cm / 9.5 in.
Width: 6 cm / 2.375 in.
Heel height: 2.9 cm / 1.125 in.


Gift of Mary Pepperrell Ffrost Sawyer, Margaret Hamilton Ffrost, and Elizabeth Rollins Ffrost. Likely worn by Martha Hale Low Ffrost (1842-1925), mother of the donors. Label: "T.E. Moseley & Co., Shoe Dealers, Cor. Of Summer and Hawley Streets, Boston"

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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.

Ffrost-Sawyer_history.pdf (75 kB)
Ffrost-Sawyer history


Women's shoes (footwear), 1860s-1870s, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Slippers, Kidskin, White (color), Bows (costume accessories), Silk, Ankle ties, Twill tape, Leather sole, Knock-on heel, Leather-covered heel, Cotton lining, Maker's label, Professionally made, Hand-sewn, Ffrost Sawyer (donor), Hamilton Ffrost (donor), Rollins Ffrost (donor), Ffrost (donor), Frost (donor)


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