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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    London (Made)

  • Date:

    1797 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    satin, leather, silver thread embroidery, glass paste, sequins

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Ladies' shoes, 18th century, black satin upper with latchet fastening. Decorative detail on vamp consists of red satin 'petal' shape, embellished with silver thread embroidery, sequins and small glass paste ovals. White leather inner lining and low red 'Italian' heel.

Place of Origin

London (Made)


1797 (made)



Materials and Techniques

satin, leather, silver thread embroidery, glass paste, sequins

Marks and inscriptions

Shoe Maker
To Her Royal Highness the
Duchess of Cumberland
Henrietta Street
Covent Garden
Paper label in insole


Length: 24 cm, Width: 8 cm, Height: 8.75 cm, Height: 4.6 cm Heel

Object history note

MA/1/G489 Gibbard, G (Mr)

Descriptive line

A pair of women's shoes, 1797, made by Sutton in London; black satin, with red silk appliqué, silver embroidery and pastes; worn by Rebecca Ribbesdale

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

The Power of Branding
Shoemaker Sutton proudly used the royal coat of arms on its labels. This announced that it was shoemaker to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cumberland. Advertising royal patronage no doubt helped to attract high-status and aspirational customers to Sutton. Some of this royal glamour must have reflected on Rebecca Ribblesdale, when she wore these shoes at her presentation to the court in 1797.
Court shoes
Satin, leather, silver thread embroidery, pastes (glass) and sequins
Worn by Rebecca Ribblesdale
V&A: 266&A-1899 (shoes); Circ.44&A-1965 (buckles) [2015-2016]


Europeana Fashion Project; Fashion; Footwear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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