PLATE XXVII

VARIOUS SHOES AND SLIPPERS

No. 1

A WHITE satin slipper, with a square toe and a low heel; it is bound with silver braid, and has a rosette of pale blue ribbon trimmed with silver. The shoe is reputed to have belonged to a Lady Digby. Date, about 1750.

No. 2

A SMART shoe of red kid bound with white braid. The toe is pointed, and the instep is slashed and ornamented with a rosette of white ribbon; a backing or lining of white kid shows through the slashings; the heel, of red leather, is small, and is 1½ inches high. Date, eighteenth century.

No. 3

A VERY neat slipper of blue kid, with a low heel and pointed toe.  Eighteenth century.

Nos. 4 and 5

A BALL slipper of white ribbed silk goloshed with crimson silk, square-toed and without heels. On the white kid lining is written in ink the name of “Miss Gordon,” and the maker’s name, “Patterson, 74, Oxford Street,” appears on the sole. The patten, for protecting the slipper, is made of brown morocco leather, and was worn over the ball slipper. Date, early Victorian.

No. 6 (centre of plate)

THIS white satin shoe is embroidered with green, yellow, and light red silk; it has latchets for buckles, and the heel, of wood, 2¾ inches high, is covered with white kid. Attached to the shoe is a slip of antique paper with faded writing, which states that the shoe belonged to Sarah Churchill, the wife of the Great Duke of Marlborough. The clog, which appears on the extreme right of the picture, belongs to the shoe. Time of Queen Anne.

All the above are in the collection of W. P. Gibbs, Esqr.

The clogs and pattens are of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and are in the collection of the Author.