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Navy blue silk velvet; bound with black grosgrain ribbon; large self rosette; toe embroidered with floral bouquet in green, cream and purple; no ties; square toe and throat; 3-1/4" vamp; no center back seam; sole has narrow waist; no heel; white leather and linen lining.
velvet (fabric weave)
By the 1850s, a distinct type of women's shoe known as a boudoir slipper was developed for wearing in private at home. This well-worn pair came from Paris. The original paper label boasts: "English spoken" suggesting the shop where they were purchased catered to the tourist trade.
1. (A) - handwritten on lining: ""Droit"" 2. (B) - printed paper label: ""Boulevard des Capucines/No. 27/MAISON/LAPAQUE-HOFFMAN/F.FAVRE S.sellr/Admis aux/Exp.ons Universelles de 1855/Chausseurs/POUR DAMES/PARIS/English Spoken./1207"" 3. (B) - handwritten on lining"" ""Gauche""
Clothing -- Footwear
Gift of Miss Mary Wheelwright