Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Footwear
1852-1854. Evening boots. White silk satin indoor boot with a slightly rounded square toe shape and a toe cap with recede toe construction (a flat, low profile with no toe box) sewn to the rest of the boot. A center front seam runs from the toe cap to the top of the boot, and the inner side of the boot has a closed-tab opening. Eleven pairs of stitched eyelets are threaded with a white silk shoelace tipped with narrow metal aiglets, laced over a tongue long enough to meet the top of the boot. All edges are bound with twill tape. The sole is thin leather, completely flat with no heel, which is undifferentiated left from right. A paper label is glued to the insole. Lined with cotton. Professionally made and imported. Hand-sewn.
Length: 24.8 cm / 9.75 in.
Width: 5.7 cm / 2.25 in.
Gift of Harriet Constantine Label: "Chaussures pour Dames, Viault-Esté Rue de la Paix 17 Paris and at Thierry & Sons 278 Regent Street London"
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Women's shoes (footwear), 1852-1854, Paris, France, Evening boots, Silk, Satin, White (color), Toe cap, Stitched eyelets, Silk shoelace, Metal aiglets, Tongue, Twill tape, Leather sole, Paper label, Cotton lining, Professionally made, Hand-sewn, Imported, Constantine (donor)