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Pair of baby boots

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin with couched silver thread, wool lining, leather sole, and pink silk ribbons

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edith M. Wilkins

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These baby's boots are thought to have been made during the early nineteenth century. They are made of pink satin with a cream wool lining and a thin leather sole. A single pink silk ribbon is laced through the four pairs of lace holes with a pink silk rosette just below the bottom pair.

The boot is decorated with a scrolling foliage motif in corded silver thread using a technique called flat couching. With this technique a piece of thread is laid flat against a ground material, which in this case is pink satin, and is then attached to it by small stitches brought up from the back, taken over the laid thread and then back down into the ground material. The expensive materials used to make these boots mean that they were probably made for a baby born to a wealthy family and would probably not have been for everyday use.

Physical description

Pink satin baby's boot with cream wool lining and leather sole; pink silk ribbon laces in 4 pairs of lace holes with a small pink rosette just below the bottom pair; couched silver thread decoration in the form of a scrolling foliate motif which stretches from toe back to top of boot.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1800-1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin with couched silver thread, wool lining, leather sole, and pink silk ribbons


Height: 7 cm, Width: 5 cm, Length: 10.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pink satin baby's boots with couched silver thread decoration; English, 1800-1830


Satin; Silk; Wool; Ribbon; Leather


Couching; Hand-sewing

Subjects depicted

Scrolling foliage


Children & Childhood; Clothing; Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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