A superbly pretty pair of 19th century teenage girls shoes that date to the 1870 period. They really are a miniature version of adult ladies shoes with their gilt braiding and covered heels. Dating to the circa 1860 to 1870 period, their small size indicates how much smaller our Victorian ancestors were. These would not fit any modern day wearer young or adult.
They have black velvet outers with ,metal gold braid decoration. They have card/canvas covered structure with lilac colored coarse linen linings and velvet insoles. They are straits with no identifiable left or right, they are sized with an impressed 33 to the leather sole indicating a US size 2, UK size 1. Due to their rather naive construction we believe them to be French in origin and in the ottoman style.
A very unusual girls pair for your antique shoe collection.
Ref: See a very similar pair of shoes on page 110 of The Visual History of Costume Accessories by Valerie Cummings.
Size: Length 8", width 2", heel height 1"
Condition: Evidence of wear and tear. The cream glass beadwork appliqué motif is missing from the throat of one shoe. A section of scalloped edge braiding is missing from the ankle area of the other shoe. This same shoes has a patch of black velvet replaced with a patch of black felt to the rear ankle area -done well and we did not notice it initially.
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Antique Victorian Girls Shoes, Black Velvet Gold Embroidery, French Circa 1870
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