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Green silk evening slippers, probably American, 1835-1845. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Tiny black slippers were de rigueur in the fashionable mid-Victorian lady's wardrobe. Black shoes were felt to go with anything, hence the most versatile and dependable choice of footwear to have on hand. Slippers of this type are most commonly found in satin, so the faille fabric of this unworn pair is unusual. It is possible that the shoes were intended for mourning, when a dull-surfaced fabric was desired. The interesting label of the London vendor - written largely in French, noting the…

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Augusta Auctions, March/April 2005 Vintage Clothing & Textile Auction, Lot 322: Lady's Leather Shoes, 1830-1840s

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1840s – ‘Fashion of Sombre and Wilting Demureness’

1845. evening slippers, england

Mourning evening slippers by Melnotte, Tiny black slippers were de rigueur in the fashionable mid-Victorian lady's wardrobe. Black shoes were felt to go with anything, hence the most versatile and dependable choice of footwear to have on hand. Slippers of this type are most commonly found in satin, so the faille fabric of this unworn pair is unusual - France c.1845-1865 - The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

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Byron's musefrom Byron's muse

1840s – ‘Fashion of Sombre and Wilting Demureness’

1845-1865. Evening slippers

Shoes Date: 1840–49 Culture: American Medium: cotton, leather Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 10 in. (6.4 x 25.4 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of the Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969 Accession Number: 2009.300.1591a–d

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Silk evening slippers, 1845-65. Label: "Gundry & Sons/Boot & Shoe Makers to the Queen, The Queen Dowager, Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Kent & Princess Sophia/1 Soho Square London"

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