The velvet is deep navy - it looks black in the pictures. The hand embroidery is beautifully executed in variegated silk floss.
The condition is very good. The bottoms are unmarked and look like they were never worn. One shoe has a split between the velvet and the edge binding in the back. The embroidery is excellent.
Materials: Kid leather, silk and linen linings, velvet.
Measurements: 9 1/2" L, 2 1/4" W.
Comments: Extraordinary needlework on this pair of mid 19th century straight last shoes. In June Swann's Costume Accessories Series book, Shoes, a nearly identical example (she calls this type of shoes "chameleons") can be seen on page 46.
The embroidery on one shoe is in poor condition, but excellent on the other.
A fine pair of circa 1860's lady's store stock black leather high laced shoes, Never Worn!
Straight leather soles, no left or right, all wood pegged, with a 3/4" leather stacked heel. Three part uppers, top stitched, with 22 metal eyelets each.
Penned "2" in each cloth lining. The soles are marked "2 / 145." 8" tall, 3" wide and 9" heel to toe. Sound stitching, pegs and supple leather.
A very good example of the period's everyday footwear with few survivors today due to most being used up over 130 years ago.