White suede shoes, 1880s. From L Perchellet / Chaussures / Brevetées / 2 Place Vendôme / Entrée: 356 r. St. Honoré / Paris, these slippers with brass beadwork were made for “Mlle Sanford.” This probably indicates the donor’s mother, Ethel Sanford (1873-1924) who was born in Brussels.

In a handbook for sojourning, shopping and studying in Paris, dated 1907, Elizabeth Otis Williams writes: “Perchellet at 2 place Vendôme is a very good house for slippers.”

Gift of Gertrude Sanford Legendre in 1979

Pink silk faille shoes, late 19th century. Made by Gartrell / Rue St. Honoré No. 359 / Paris, these stylish boots are trimmed with lace and have embossed pewter buttons.

Gift of Gertrude Sanford Legendre in 1980

Visit these lovely shoes in person – they are currently on exhibit in Charleston Couture!

TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday