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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool with appliqué braid, silk and leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    T.502 to A-1913

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Slippers were worn by ladies at home during the first half of the nineteenth century. As the fashion for wearing boots when out and about grew, it became practical to adopt a new type of comfortable shoe for use exclusively in the home. Some women purchased patterns and embroidered slippers for themselves or their husbands.

Here silk braids have been stitched to the black woollen 'upper' in the shape of flowers, leaves and scrolls. The process of attaching one material to another in this way is called appliqué. The pale blue silk edging and lining were probably chosen to correspond with the pale blue of some of the flowers. The wear to the lining and insole of the slippers indicates that they were well used before entering the museum's collections in the early twentieth century.

Physical description

Black wool slippers with square toe and pointed tongue; with appliqué flowers, leaves and scrolls made from red, blue, yellow and pink silk braids; edges bound with pale blue silk, lining and insole in pale blue silk; brown leather sole.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1800-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool with appliqué braid, silk and leather


Length: 25 cm Each shoe, Width: 8 cm each shoe, Height: 8 cm Each shoe

Descriptive line

Pair of female black woollen slippers, embroidered with colourful floral motifs in braid, English, 1800-1850.


Wool; Silk; Leather; Braid



Subjects depicted

Flower; Scroll; Foliage


Accessories; Footwear; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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