Slippers

Collection Type

  • Clothing and accessories

Date

1850s

GUSN

GUSN-29936

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

slippers (shoes)
footwear
cross-stitching
stitching
leather
linen (material)
wool (textile)
floral patterns
scrolls (motifs)
Women's clothing
Wool
Leather
Linen
Hand Stitched
Floral
Scroll
Cross-stitched
SHOES

Label

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.

Inscription

Handwritten note: ""Old emb'd/Slippers/about 1850--60""

Additional Identification Number

1923.449

Maker

Unknown

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Catherine Weld Faucon

Accession Number

1923.449AB