These are quite an unusual and Rare Pair of French Silk Slippers meant to be hung, possibly in the Boudoir, to hold treasured Hatpins or other delicate items for safe keeping?? These were Never meant to be worn! I have never come across another item such as these in all of our treks through France!
The exuberant Silk in Floral designs of pale Green and Magenta, is shaped and hand sewn over a stiff backing, and a tatted border is edge all around with a loop at the top for hanging. The backing is of striped and shaded Silk, in Greens and Beige. The silk was probably woven in Lyon, the center of the finest Silk weaving in the in the 17th,18th & 19th Centuries, and I presume they are from the 1860's, but could be earlier?
The size of each is approx. 9.5" long x 2.5" at the widest point...each is softly padded on the inside to the depth of about .75", but have never had a Pin or sharp object inserted! The Silk at the upper edge at the front of the Slipper Top on one has become detached and frayed, and the other one just has a bit of fraying, and the edging has come loose in areas but is all there (see photos)...I have not attempted to repair or glue down any of the silk areas that have come loose...the backs have a bit of staining (which can be seen in the photos). Selling them just as I found them...a fabulous example of fine silk weaving in France, in an exotic & curious item!
An unusual pair of "Slippers" (not Glass but Silk) for your collection....sold as one price for the Pair.
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