The shoe was a very popular needlebook form in the 19th century. The shoe motif was symbolic of womanhood, betrothal and marriage .
This little book is an early one, judging from the design and fabric pattern. It measures 3 1/2" x 2 5/8". It is made from two pieces of rigid card and covered with a white, pink and purple striped and plaid silk. It is hand stitched. The covers are held together with a purple silk bow at the back. The needlebook opens and closes via two more purple silk ribbons. Inside are two turquoise flannel pages.
The needlebook is in very good shape for its age. There is some fraying to the ribbon closures and the inside flannel pages have holes but the covers of the piece are in excellent condition. Please examine the photos and email me if you have any questions.
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19th Century Shoe Shaped Needlebook