You are looking at a rare Victorian era hanging slipper holder, which is done in faded black velvet with very ornate & colorful hand embroidery. The velvet is worn in areas, which is relatively minor, with the velvet nap missing along the outer edges of each slipper pocket. This can’t be seen when hung. There is cardboard underneath the velvet & backed with fabric. This is really a special piece, which has been in my personal collection for a very, very long time. I have never seen another one like it.
The hand embroidery features flowers, leaves & berries, with the center portion featuring Fall colored flowers and leaves; just stunning!
All but the side edges have hand stitched designs, some of which have become unstitched in a few places (see photos), but it’s pretty minor. The lower left slipper “pocket” has a hand stitched letter H, with flowers intertwined; the other “pocket” features the letter P, with the same flowers intertwined.
The back and the inside of each slipper pocket, is lined in a rusty red cotton. The back has a small fabric loop for hanging, which is attached to handmade cream color rings. The back lining has some light brown spots and each “slipper pocket” has faded, but it’s in remarkable condition.
The measurements are: 17” long from the top center to the bottom & 12” from the top of each slipper holder. The center piece & bottom edge is 5 ¼” wide & it’s 17” wide from one slipper edge to the other.
The condition is excellent, especially when you consider this piece dates to approx. the 1880’s. Except what’s noted above, the only other thing to mention is one slipper holder is missing the inner cardboard along the outer edge (the slipper holder on the right side in the photos).
This rare and truly spectacular hanging Victorian slipper holder makes a beautiful decorating piece; it’s simply divine!
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