Pair of woman's buckle shoes

English, worn in America
about 1770
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard (Hyslop) (American, 1719–1792)


Place of Manufacture: England; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

12.5 x 8 x 24.2 cm (4 15/16 x 3 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.1007a-b

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with supplementary patterning weft, silk plain weave ribbon and lining, linen plain weave lining, leather

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s buckle shoe with yellow ribbed silk upper and heel; silk brocaded with purple, white, blue, and black pomegranate motifs at toe, pink and red floral sprig on back of heel; latchets cross over square tongue with bright pink silk lining; lapped side seams, closed backseams; yellow silk binding at edges and over backseams; Louis heel with wood interior; leather soles with row of stitching where sole meets heel; plain linen lining with various markings; leather insoles.

Inscription

Written in ink inside on linen lining at back near heel: "IW/ Brocaded Silk" and "MR" [in a different hand]

Written in ink inside on lining of instep: "JH 5/36"

Written in ink on leather insole at back ner heel: "MC"

Provenance

Inherited by Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA, 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent