Pair of woman's slippers

French (Paris), worn in America
about 1830–40

Place of Manufacture: Paris, France; Place of Use: United States


Overall (height x width x length): 4.4 x 7 x 23.8 cm (1 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin, silk satin ribbon, leather, and linen plain weave lining

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White silk satin upper; small bow at front, binding along top, two long narrow white silk ties; lapper side seams; square toe; leather sole; white kid insole and quarter lining; white vamp lining; maker’s label glued to insole.


Printed paper label glued to insole in a: "VIAULT ESTÈ/ Paris/ No. 17, Rue de la Paix/ [beneath a crown and pair of shields hanging on an animal skin curtain] Tournisseur Brevete de I. M. l'Imperatrice des Francais/ THIERRY & SONS/ Regent Street, 278/ LONDON"


Worn by Elizabeth A. (Mrs. David) Nichols (18 - ) at her wedding, Made by Viault Este

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman