Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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


Kidskin, silk ribbon, linen


1780-1790. Shoes with latchets. The red kidskin vamp (toe) is moderately long, coming to a rounded point and a sharply pointed tongue. The quarters (backs) are also red kidskin and are sewn together in back and overlap the ends of the vamp at the sides of the shoe, where they are sewn in place. White kidskin latchets are sewn to the quarters at this seam. These overlap on top of the tongue to close the shoe and would have been held together with a removable buckle when worn. The red kidskin is bound with white silk, and the white kidskin is bound with red silk. The continuous leather sole incorporates a low white kidskin Italian heel, and is undifferentiated. Lined with linen. Professionally made. Hand-sewn.


Length: 23.5 cm / 9.25 in.
Width: 6.7 cm / 2.625 in.
Heel height: 5.4 cm / 2.125 in.


Gift of the Coe family. Descended through the family, owned and worn by Temperance Pickering Knight (1732-1821) of Dover Point, New Hampshire. Written inside by hand: "4/3"

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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.

Pickering_and_Coe_History.pdf (60 kB)
Pickering and Coe history


Women's shoes (footwear), 1780-1790, Newington, Dover Point, New Hampshire, United States, Shoes, Kidskin, Red (color), Shoe tongue, Latchets, White (color), Removable buckle, Silk, Leather sole, Italian heel, Linen lining, Professionally made, Hand-sewn, Temperance Pickering Knight, Janet Coe Stearns, Margaret Coe Ninde, Sarah T. Coe, Anne Coe Curry, Coe family, Coe (donor)


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