These beautiful and extremely rare pair of carved Victorian style ladies shoes are dated 1906. They are exquisite in the detail and quality of the carving and the patina just adds even more pizzazz. They are made of Honduras Mahogany and finished with a fine warm chestnut French polished finish. Furthermore, they boast 7 inlaid brass nails in the heel of each shoe and an inlaid mother of pearl disc or eye in each of the soles. There are 28 tiny brass lace catches inlaid in each shoe and another larger brass inlay as an adornment in the foot top between the toe and lace area. That's not all. There are lighter contrasting diamond shaped wood inlays on both sides of the ankle and each shoe boasts 3 more four sided star inlays of the same wood on the left, right and top. The wood used for those inlays is undetermined but it may be Satinwood. To top it off, there are stanhope lenses in the sides of each shoe and one is dated "1906" under the microphoto. Both of the stanhopes are in excellent condition and very clear and easy to see. The first stanhope peep shows 6 images of Brighton, England and is titled "A Memory of Brighton". There is also a diamond shaped logo at the end of the title that matches the shape of the inlays on the shoes. The diamond logo has the initials J A L within it. The titles are all hand-written in a very decorative style. The six individual photos are all separately titled as follows:
Tankerton Beach / The Harbour / Tankerton Castle / Tankerton Road / The Parish Church / The Beach
The remaining stanhope shows a parlor maid who is undressing a very fine lady in preparation of her bathing. The maid is dressed in typical servant clothing and the other woman is fully naked showing both breasts and her pubic area. The bathtub and water faucets and a mirror are clearly visible. The image is titled in French "Salon de 1906 La Sortie".
Each shoe measures 2 1/2" long, 1 1/4" high and 3/4" wide. They were likely made in France but possibly England. A look at the photos will show these figural shoes are museum quality pieces and 100% original. Before we obtained these shoes they were in a very fine stanhope collection since their last purchase on May 20, 1988.
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