PLATE XVIII

No. 1

SHOES OF QUEEN ANNE’S REIGN

A PAIR of very elegant and dainty shoes of exquisite workmanship. They are made of white satin; a broad band, 2½ inches wide, of gold lace with an edging of gold gimp, covers the whole front of the foot from the toes to the top of the instep flap. A similar ornamentation, but narrower, adorns the heels. The sides of the shoes are covered with narrow white silk braid neatly arranged in parallel lines. The latchets are wide, and show the marks of the buckles which were used to fasten them. The toes are pointed, and the heels, which are of wood, are 2inches high; the lining of the shoes is blue silk, except the latchets, heels, and instep flaps, which are lined with white satin. The length of these charming and perfect shoes is 9 inches, and their date seventeenth century. In the collection of Mrs. Seymour Lucas.

No. 2

A PAIR OF LADY’S SHOES

SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

A PAIR of lady’s shoes of pale fawn-coloured silk brocade, figured with a light and dark electric blue pattern of foliage. The insides are lined with yellow canvas, and the heels, as usual of wood, are covered with brocade and measure 2¾ inches in height. The toes are pointed and slightly upturned. Their general design is very elegant.  In the collection of the Author.

No. 3

A LADY’S SHOES AND CLOGS

THE pair of shoes and clogs on the lower part of the plate are excellent examples of the foot-gear of a well-to-do county lady of the early part of the eighteenth century. They are made of yellow worsted brocade; the heels, of wood, 2¾ inches high, are covered with the same material. The latchets are wide, and have been fastened with buckles.

The clogs, one of which is on the shoe, the other shown beside, are also of yellow brocade, the tabs being tied with faded buff ribbon, and have flat leather soles. These shoes and clogs belonged to a lady of an influential family once residing at Chesterton, near Cambridge. In the collection of the Author.