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Slippers, entirely covered by cross-stitching; pattern of scrolling bands & flowers, black/blue ground with creams, reds, & blues; rounded square toe; pointed throat; 4-3/4" vamp; black binding; narrow waist; spring heel; white leather & linen lining.
Walk Right In 11/98-3/99 In the mid-nineteenth century, women frequently embroidered slippers for men, who were expected to have them soled by a shoemaker at their expense. Some men were known to complain that they owned too many ill-fitting pairs of slippers, made slightly smaller that their feet as a compliment.
Handwritten note: ""Old emb'd/Slippers/about 1850--60""
Gift of Miss Catherine Weld Faucon