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Pair of Shoes

1730s-1740s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Linen canvas, embroidered with wool
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 23cm
  • Width: 8.5cm
  • Height: 13cm
Gallery Label
Blue shoe embroidered with coloured wools British, 1730-1750 Museum no. T.117-1933 Given by Mrs. Margaret Litchfield(2007)
Credit line
Given by Miss Margaret Litchfield
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.117&A-1933

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record createdFebruary 14, 2003
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