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#8000 $1,500

Velveteen carriage boots, c.1892-1905

High style antique carriage boots are a rare find. Most of the surviving examples are somber black with clunky, practical heels.

Similar carriage boots below, courtesy of the Bata Shoe Museum, were worn in the early 20th century by Clara Fairbank-Ranney in Petrolia, Ontario and donated to the museum by her family. The Bata Museum boots are trimmed with feathers; ours are trimmed with fur.

Our boots are fashioned from colorful paisley printed velveteen. The elongated high vents with sexy deep slit side openings, shapely Louis heels, and fur trim create an impression of luxurious chic.

The condition is almost excellent. The fabric is very slightly darkened with age.

They measure 10" from back of heel to toe. The heels are 1.5" high. The soles are leather.

The mustard colored velveteen is printed with a paisley pattern in shades of rust red and teal. In the 19th century, copies of Indian shawls were produced in Paisley, Scotland, which became synonymous with the teardrop or pinecone motif.

Our carriage shoes resemble their first cousin, boudoir slippers, from the same era and intimate the same delicious sexual frisson as the latter.

Red slippers, c. 1892, American, leather, courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Introduced in the early 1890s, the "Juliet" slipper featured a high front and back and low V at the sides. It was a one of the standard slipper cuts around 1900. This early example in red kid had long curving points exaggerated to a comical extent. The whimsical design and loose fit indicate this was intended as a domestic slipper. An almost identical example is preserved in the Peabody Essex Museum (cat#134,743).

 

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