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(original 1913 register entry) "Child's shoe of cream-coloured satin, decorated with applied narrow silk braid of the same colour. From Wardour Castle, Wiltshire. Pointed toe, large tongue with small buckle straps, flat sole of soft leather. The upper and back-piece are braided in straight diagonal lines. Lined with woollen fabric. Probably the shoe for the right foot." [In fact shoes at this date were made as 'straights' with no left and right. An adult by habitual wear might shape a shoe to his or her right and left foot, but it is unlikely that this would happen with a fabric shoe for a child of this age, nor is there so far any evidence that an adult carer would try to follow consistent usage in this way when dressing the child.]

Details

  • Title: Child's shoe
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1680/1699
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 4 3/8 in
  • Provenance: Given by Lady Arundell
  • Medium: Satin trimmed with silk braid; leather

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