Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Object Name Shoe
Date ca. 1885-1888
Description Pair of woman's shoes. Blue silk exterior with ivory embroidered butterflies and decorative blue silk bow. Leather soles with 1 1/2 inch heels. Lined with kid and cotton or linen fabric. Printed paper label inside right shoe has crown and shield above inscription: "85, RUE DE RICHELIEU / CHAPELLE / Cordonnier / Pour Dames / Paris"; right shoe also has printed paper label "Droit" and left shoe has printed paper label "Gauche." These shoes are part of an ensemble with Worth dress and silk stockings (catalog numbers C01.3305 and C01.3306).
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Late Victorian, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Francis Henderson
Ownership and History These shoes bear the label of a Parisian maker of women's shoes. The label has a coat of arms indicating the patronage of the Princess of Baden. They are also labeled to identify which shoe is for the right foot and which is for the left.

The color and the butterfly motif on the shoes coordinate with the stockings and dress of the ensemble, which descended in the family of Agnes (Roudebush) Henderson (1868-1926), a well-to-do New Yorker who also lived for extended periods in Europe.
Earliest Date 1885
Latest Date 1888
Maker Chapelle
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Footwear
Catalog Number C01.3307
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
Legal Status Images and text in this database are copyrighted by the Staten Island Historical Society unless otherwise noted. Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.