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Shoe

1640s-1650s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a woman's walking shoe. It is very worn and distorted but it has features that were fashionable from about 1640-1660. These include a blunt toe, a small side opening and latchet fastening for ribbons. A latchet was a strap that fastened across the instep with either a ribbon or a buckle. Its blackened appearance suggests that it is probably a 'chimney' shoe.
Shoes are frequently associated with good luck. For example, they are often tied on the back of a wedding car or carriage. Pairs of shoes have often been found concealed in buildings, usually in a chimney but sometimes in the rafters or under the floorboards. Such shoes acted as a kind of talisman to protect the occupants of the house and bring them good luck.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Leather
Brief Description
leather, F, 1640-60, English
Physical Description
Woman's walking shoe, sturdy but much worn, with fashionable features- blunt toe, small side opening and latchet fastening.
Dimensions
  • Length: 24cm
  • Width: 10cm
Credit line
Given by Mr H. J. Fillmore
Summary
This is a woman's walking shoe. It is very worn and distorted but it has features that were fashionable from about 1640-1660. These include a blunt toe, a small side opening and latchet fastening for ribbons. A latchet was a strap that fastened across the instep with either a ribbon or a buckle. Its blackened appearance suggests that it is probably a 'chimney' shoe.

Shoes are frequently associated with good luck. For example, they are often tied on the back of a wedding car or carriage. Pairs of shoes have often been found concealed in buildings, usually in a chimney but sometimes in the rafters or under the floorboards. Such shoes acted as a kind of talisman to protect the occupants of the house and bring them good luck.
Collection
Accession Number
692-1897

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record createdFebruary 14, 2003
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