One of the most notable antique textiles I've ever had the pleasure of handling, this spectacular pair of early 1850's silk child's slippers are truly a memorable find for the collector of early doll goodies. If you are interested in creating an entire world out of your collecting finds, by re-inventing the world of a young child in England, New York, or Paris, in the 1850's, complete with her dolls, dresses, hats, accessories and other precious items, this pair of beautiful shoes should be a part of it. I have seen thousands of pairs of doll shoes and children's shoes over the years of my collecting, but never before have I seen a pair of silk slippers like this' hand embroidered with flowers and leaves in different colors, with a delicate silk faille ruffle at the top edge, this pair is definitely museum quality... And that's no surprised, as they were just deaccessioned from a prominent English doll museum! Make sure you take a look at all of that delicate, close early machine stitching, and the wonderful condition of the silk on these- for the only other pair like them that I found had terrible watermarking and staining; these are nearly pristine by comparison to most silk of this age. Plus, I am sure they would be a good fit on a large, early papier mache of this period, for those of us who LOVE big girls, so get them before they are sold to another discerning collector, for such an outstanding example of early shoes is sure to go quickly.
4.5" length 1.5" width at widest point 5.5" aprox ankle circumference
Condition: Excellent for their age and material. Structurally perfect shoes with beautiful leather soles, silk faille overlay on white canvas, embroidered with cream, shades of green, pink and yellow silk floss. The shoes have wear to the front end of the toes and minimal wear to the soles, but it does not interfere with the floral embroidery. One button loop may need reinforcement (can be completed by our workshop at new owner's request.) Overall, a wonderful pair to own for a careful collector. I can already see them displayed next to a Pauline in a silk dress, or proudly worn by a glass eyed Greiner in a soutache embellished enfantine dress!
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