10769.13 | Slippers (toy)
1862, 19th century
Silk and cotton
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
White silk satin slippers were absolutely necessary for the fashionably attired lady in the 1860s. These doll's slippers, with their white kid leather soles, are trimmed with turquoise organdy and faux pearls. White satin slippers symbolized demure femininity and became popular after Queen Victoria (1819-1901) wore a pair at her wedding in 1840.
Worn out slippers after a ball indicated a highly successful evening.
Dolls with complete wardrobes were exhibited at public exhibitions and sometimes used to raise funds for worthy causes.
Between 1850 and 1865, dolls dressed as children were more popular than fashionable lady dolls.
The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, published in the early 1860s in London, England, provided descriptions of fashionable attire for all occasions.