Pair of woman's slippers

French, worn in America
about 1815–25
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


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

Dimensions

7 x 6 x 23 cm (2 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.1018-1019

Medium or Technique

Leather, silk plain weave ribbon and binding, linen plain weave lining, linen cord drawstring

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Dark green leather uppers, green silk bow at fronts, lapped side seams; green silk bindings, black silk ribbon ties; plain linen draw string at fronts; white leather insoles and quarter linings, white linen vamp linings; leather soles.

Inscription

Written in ink on insole: "Droit"

Written in ink on fabric label inside shoe: "Slippers. Mrs. B. Welles 1820-1825"

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