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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1730s-1740s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen canvas, embroidered with wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Margaret Litchfield

  • Museum number:

    T.117&A-1933

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This pair of women's shoes have linen canvas uppers. They are embroidered with flowers in coloured wools in cross stitch and tent stitch. This was a period when fashionable shoes often echoed the pattern of the dress with which they were worn. The shoes have pointed toes and a short, waisted heel that is made of wood and covered with leather. The latchets (straps that fastened across the instep) were originally fastened with buckles. Buckles were separate items and owners often transferred them from one pair of shoes to another. This is why so many pairs of shoes have survived without buckles, as in this case.

Physical description

Pair of women's shoes, linen canvas embroidered with coloured wools in cross stitch and tent stitch, with short heel and latchet fastening.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1730s-1740s (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Linen canvas, embroidered with wool

Dimensions

Length: 23 cm, Width: 8.5 cm

Exhibition History

Gallery 40 shoe display in case P12 (single shoe) (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/01/2007-31/12/2007)

Labels and date

Blue shoe embroidered with coloured wools
British, 1730-1750
Museum no. T.117-1933
Given by Mrs. Margaret Litchfield [2007]

Materials

Wool; Linen

Categories

Footwear; Fashion

Collection code

T&F

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