The watch has always been a treasured item and was protected both during the day and at night, usually in a specific pocket. This is a very special example of early date (most likely French) and is in the form of an exquisite Regency-era slipper in silk which is embroidered with silk flowers and enhanced with ribbon work and fringe pompoms. The overall embroidery gives a very similar effect to Spitalfield silk. The slipper is backed with a firmer cardboard base and lined at the back with a deep pink sturdy fabric. There is an edging of fine wire and a blue wide braid loop for hanging from a hook on the wall. Within the slipper itself, is a metal hook that would have been for attaching a watch, most likely a smaller, dainty watch of the era for a lady. There is wear to the base silk, the embroidery and braid and the wire has partly detached but despite this, the overall effect is totally charming. This would be a beautiful addition to any collection of early needlework, wall hangings or watch-related items. Maximum length 9 ins (22.8cm). Weight 30 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 227.
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