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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Ireland (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carltone, Richard (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin with silk ribbon and cotton lining sewn with cotton thread, cream leather and brown stamped leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of Major and Mrs. W. Mackay Mackenzie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The elegant flat satin lady's slipper first became popular in Great Britain during the last decade of the eighteenth century. Its plain design was part of the movement in fashion away from what were considered by some to be the extravagant excesses of the late eighteenth century. The move was towards a simpler, purer style of dress and footwear that was influenced by designs from classical antiquity.

Slippers or 'sandal shoes', continued to be worn well into the mid-century although by the 1850s they were used mainly for formal wear in black or white. This pair of shoes is a typical example of that style. The thin leather sole and delicately hand-stitched satin uppers were relatively simple and cheap to produce. They could then be customised either by the retailer or the owner with rosettes, ribbon ankle ties or other decorative embellishments. This pair was made by Richard Carleton of Dublin who, like some of his French and English competitors, stuck a printed label into his shoes. This served as an elegant reminder not only of who had manufactured them but more importantly where another pair might be purchased.

Physical description

Cream satin shoes with cream silk rosette; square throat and toe, pair of folded side seams, bound silk edges, looped elastic sewn close to side seams, cotton ties at throat; silk rosette made from ribbon with frayed edges, attached to a piece of card which is in turn sewn to the slipper at throat; cream leather insole and sock, cream cotton lining, printed paper maker's label stuck to insole at waist; brown leather sole, '5 1/2' stamped onto sole at toe.

Place of Origin

Ireland (made)


1850-1860 (made)


Carltone, Richard (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Satin with silk ribbon and cotton lining sewn with cotton thread, cream leather and brown stamped leather

Marks and inscriptions

Printed oval paper maker's label stuck to insole in both shoes, 'Manufactured / AT / RICHD CARLETON;s / 38 / WESTMORELAND STREET / DUBLIN '

'5 1/2' stamped onto sole of both shoes at toe


Height: 4.5 cm each shoe, Width: 6.5 cm each shoe, Length: 25.4 cm each shoe

Descriptive line

Pair of shoes, F, 1850-1860, Irish; Carltone, Richard; white satin with silk rosette


Satin; Silk; Cotton; Leather




Footwear; Fashion; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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