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This overshoe or “patten,” which comes from England, consists of a strong oval iron ring on which a black-painted, pointed wooden sole with integrated heel groove is secured. The two lateral leather flaps, which are tied with a ribbon, are used for fastening over the shoes. Middle-class citizens and maidservants primarily wore overshoes of this kind in England. In January 1786 the Journal des Luxus und der Moden wrote that: “One wears these in bad weather when walking down the street and takes them off at the front door. They make, however, for a heavy, sluggish gait”.

Details

  • Title: Single Overshoe - Patten
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: ca. 1785
  • Stylistic point of origin: England
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 1875, Royal Kunstkammer, Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Physical Dimensions: h7.5 x d21.5 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Shoes
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Iron, leather

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