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Pair of bootees for a baby

Pair of bootees for a baby

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk decorated with silk tatting

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    T.537&A-1913

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pair of baby's boots are thought to have been made during the early nineteenth century. The outside of the boots, including the sole, are made of cream silk, and the lining is in a plain cream cotton. They are decorated with green silk tatting and a cream button from which two twisted silk cords with tassles hang.

Tatting is a technique whereby a continuous length of thread wound on a small shuttle is looped and knotted to form a series of linked rings. Although it produces delicate looking results (in French it is called frivolité), it is in fact a durable technique. The tatting would have been made separately and then stitched to the boot. The combination of elaborate decoration and expensive materials suggest that the boot was probably made for the child of a wealthy family.

Physical description

Cream silk with green silk tatting, hook and eye fastenings, decorative button and tassle, plain cotton lining, hand made

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

early 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk decorated with silk tatting

Descriptive line

Cream silk baby's boot with green silk tatting decoration, hook fastenings, decorative button and tassle and cotton lining; English, early 19th century.

Materials

Silk; Cotton; Cotton thread

Techniques

Hand sewn; Tatting

Categories

Children's clothes; Footwear; Children & Childhood; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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