PLATE X

SHOES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH

FROM DRAWINGS BY THE AUTHOR

No. 1

A SHOE, for the left foot, of an extremely handsome pair of white satin shoes which belonged to Queen Elizabeth. They are beautifully embroidered with silk and metal wire, the colours being esthetic green, blue, pink, and yellow. The toes, flat and square, measure about 2½ inches across, the total length of the shoes being about 11 inches. They were in Case C. 188 in the catalogue of the New Gallery Exhibition, 1902.

No. 2

RIGHT shoe of a pair also once belonging to Queen Elizabeth. These are of ribbed salmon-coloured silk, embroidered in silver and crimson; the toes are square and blocked, and are about 2¼ inches wide. The heels are square, and some 2½ inches high; length of shoes, 10 inches. The lining on the inner sole is a dark red leather, These were exhibited in the same case with the above, and both specimens are the property of Earl Brownlow.

No. 3

SHOE OF ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF BOHEMIA

SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

ONE of a pair of shoes, once in the possession of Lady Cotton, of Conington, Cambs, who had been in the service of their owner, the Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of James I. They are of red cloth, embroidered with silver, and have black heels. They measure 9 inches in length; the toe is 1 inches wide and the heel 2 inches high.

The following inscription is attached to the shoes

“Shoes of Princess Elizabeth, afterwards Queen of Bohemia, daughter of James I. Given to my wife’s great grandmother by her godmother, old Lady Cotton, of Conington, in Cambridgeshire, who had been in the service of the above Princess.
(Signed) Matthew Rugeley Sep 2nd 1797
              Joseph Miller.”

In the Saffron Walden Museum.