Pair of slippers

Collection Type

  • Clothing and Accessories

Date

1855-1870

GUSN

GUSN-30247

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

slippers (shoes)
footwear
velvet (fabric weave)
silk (textile)
linen (material)
leather
embroidering
floral patterns
Shoe

Label

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.

Inscription

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""

Additional Identification Number

1924.374

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

France

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary Wheelwright

Accession Number

1924.374AB