10769.20 | Shoes (toy)

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Shoes (toy)
1862, 19th century
Leather with cotton
6 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

Since this doll's wardrobe was meant to imitate aspects of everyday life, the travelling shoes are constructed exactly like their full-size counterparts. The shoes, with their dark-brown leather uppers and white linen lining, are trimmed with dark-brown grosgrain ribbon that matches Lady Blanche Paulet's travelling dress. Footwear during the early 1860s sported very low or no heels. Coloured shoes, especially bronze kid, were very popular.

  • What

    Shoes were not commonly made with left and right soles until later in the 19th century.

  • Where

    In the 1860s, the upper part of the shoe was often decorated with embroidery in contrasting colours.

  • When

    By the late 1850s, walking boots called Balmorals began to be popular after Queen Victoria first wore them.

  • Who

    S.K. & G.L. Foster were manufacturers and dealers in boots and shoes in Saint John, New Brunswick.