Bronze leather shoes with cutwork and embroidery and a large silk rosette, mid 19th century. The pierced vamp is backed with blue silk and edged with chain stitching. This type of slipper would be more appropriate for home wear, possibly with a dressy wrapper. Bronzed leather is a slightly metallic-looking finish created by the use of cochineal dye, made from the bodies of South American beetles, a technique quite popular at this period.
We are showing these mid-19th century shoes as a bit of a teaser for our upcoming Civil War Fashion-Try On event on July 9. While we can’t let you try on these beauties, there will be plenty of clothes and accessories that you can try out for yourself. Check out the Carte-de-Visite from the last Try-On event!
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