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Pair of Shoes

ca. 1851 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Men wore patent leather shoes, or pumps, at court or other ceremonial events. They had a square toe, a style favoured by men and women. This pair has ribbon ties, though buckles were more usual. Both ribbons and buckles were purely decorative on this type of footwear.

Prince Albert is wearing patent leather shoes with buckles in a print of about 1840 (Museum no. E.828-1959), in which he is shown dancing with Queen Victoria.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Patent leather, silk ribbon
Brief Description
Pair of men's patent leather shoes, Germany, ca. 1851
Physical Description
Pair of men's ceremonial or court patent leather shoes or pumps. With decorative silk ribbon tie.
Object history
Shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851
Summary
Men wore patent leather shoes, or pumps, at court or other ceremonial events. They had a square toe, a style favoured by men and women. This pair has ribbon ties, though buckles were more usual. Both ribbons and buckles were purely decorative on this type of footwear.



Prince Albert is wearing patent leather shoes with buckles in a print of about 1840 (Museum no. E.828-1959), in which he is shown dancing with Queen Victoria.
Collection
Accession Number
T.257&A-1963

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record createdMarch 6, 2003
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