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Pair of Shoes

1850-1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Satin with silk ribbon and cotton lining sewn with cotton thread, cream leather and brown stamped leather
Brief Description
Pair of shoes, F, 1850-1860, Irish; Carltone, Richard; white satin with silk rosette
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.
Dimensions
  • Each shoe height: 4.5cm
  • Each shoe width: 6.5cm
  • Each shoe length: 25.4cm
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
Credit line
Given by the family of Major and Mrs. W. Mackay Mackenzie
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.212&A-1915

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record createdOctober 29, 2008
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