The lady who wore these shoes must have had the tiniest of feet as they are really quite small (the size of the shoes is 3 above a 4). The shoes themselves are of black leather with high patent leather heels. The closures are of ribbon passing through hand-buttonholed openings and tied into a bow. Inside each shoe is a label for Badham Pile & Company Ltd. (apparently an Indian company active from May 1911). The label also states Fabriquè en Suisse (presumably made in Switzerland) but sold by the previously mentioned Indian company, with branches in Bombay, Poona and Secundarabad. Near the toe of each shoe is a small decoration, possibly of tiny French jet. The original satin ribbon is present although one attachment to the shoe is loose. These shoes have obviously been worn as the soles and the undersurface of the heels show some wear – the bottom of the heels have several rows of very fine nails. The condition of the shoes is very good for age but they would only be for display. There is some staining on the inside and some scuffing of the leather but the heels are in good condition. It is amazing that some of these items are still surviving and these would add to a collection of early shoes or would feature nicely in a display. Size 3 above 4. Weight 332 grams.
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Charming Edwardian Pair of Black Leather Shoes with Ribbon Closure
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