Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Footwear
Velvet, leather, cotton, silk ribbon
1830-1840. Boudoir slippers. Blue velvet indoor shoe with a medium vamp (toe) having a recede toe construction (a flat, low profile with no toe box), a sightly rounded square toe shape, and a shallow square tongue. The vamp is sewn to the quarters (backs) at the sides. The slippers are embroidered with satin stitch, French knots, stem stitch, and gold thread to create a prominent floral element on the vamp, and smaller elements on the sides and at the back. The sole is thin leather, completely flat with no heel, which is undifferentiated left from right. The quarters are lined with kidskin, the vamp is lined with cotton. A fragmented label is glued to the insole. Professionally made. Hand-sewn.
Length: 24.1 cm / 9.5 in.
Width: 7 cm / 2.75 in.
"Doe" is inscribed on both soles. Partial label: "S…bing Shoemaker"
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Women's shoes (footwear), 1830-1840, Boudoir slippers, Indoor shoe, Velvet, Blue (color), Embroidery, Floral element, Satin stitch, French knots, Stem stitch, Gold thread, Leather sole, Kidskin lining, Cotton lining, Label, Professionally made, Hand-sewn