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1961.12AB (RS240893)

Description

A pair of pink satin shoes with straps and a satin heel. Pointed tongue and toe. Straight side seam.

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Label
Walk Right In 11/5/98-3/27/99 This pair of women's buckle shoes illustrates the tradition of the bride wearing something old in a wedding. They were carefully preserved and worn two generations later by Eliza Hussey Goodwin when she married Charles Frothingham on June 10, 1862. [shown with buckles 1931.1668ab] Displayed in Cherished Possessions, 2003-2005
"Cherished Possessions": In eighteenth-century Boston, Massachusetts, the latest London fashions were readily available to those who could afford them. These shoes were made in the section of London called Cheapside, known for its textile merchants and shoemakers. Like most shoes of the period, they have no right or left but were made to be interchangeable. The long tabs were intended to be fastened by buckles, which were worn like jewelry and could be transferred from one pair of shoes to another. Buckles could be set with diamonds for the wealthiest wearers, or, like these, made of paste. The original owner of these buckles, Prudence Jenkins, wore them at her wedding in 1778.
Maker
Chamberlain & Sons (Maker)
Date
1775-1790
Material
satin
silk (textile)
Object type
Clothing; Footwear
Places
City of London (London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom) [borough]
Descriptive terms
satin
Shoe
shoes (footwear)
silk (textile)
Dimensions
4 3/4 x 2 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1961.12AB
Credit Line
Gift of Albert C. Frothingham
GUSN
46406

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