Friday, May 20, 2016
Gorgeous! Blue Damask 18th Century Shoe!
From the seller:
Antique 18th Century 1740 Single Blue Damask Velvet Shoe Heel
VERY RARE 18TH CENTURY SHOE FROM MY PERSONAL COLLECTION
THE MATCH, LOST IN TIME THIS IS NOW ALL THATS LEFT, A LONESOME BUT STUNNING RELIC OF TIMES PAST
THE SHOES ARE IN GERERALLY GOOD CONDITION FOR COLLECTION / STUDY
THEY HAVE THE OCCASIONAL RUN/SNAG/ RIP TO THE FABRIC INCLUDING ON THE TOE, HEEL
THE STRAPS SHOULD BE HELD IN PLACE WITH A BUCKLE
LINNED IN LINEN
QUITE STUNNING AND WOULD MAKE A GREAT DISPLAY FOR ANY SHOE COLLECTOR
This is so awesome! A part of me is eye twitching over the use of a fabric pin through the shoe but look at it! Straight lasts were used in the 18th century for economic reasons - it's easier to make two shoes from one last rather than from one right and one left last. Look at the stitching!
The seller thinks these are 1740's (based on the title of the auction) but I think these are much later - more 1760's/1770's. The reason is that the 1740's shoes tend to be pointed at the front (or have some sort of "upturn" at the toe)- these are rounded and flat. The general shape of the toes follows other 1760's/1770's shoes that I've listed below: