Bronze stage shoe of Ada Cavendish with Louis heel. Victorian Era.

Bronze stage shoe, Ada Cavendish, Victorian Era,
Three bronze shoes, the first worn on stage by the actress Miss Ada Cavendish

BRONZE stage shoe worn by the well-known actress Miss Ada Cavendish *). Louis heel, somewhat square toe, embroidered finely with steel, and large brown satin-pleated bow with steel buckle.

*) Ada Cavendish  (1839 –1895), known for her Shakespearean roles (Juliet, Beatrice and Rosalind) and for popularizing Wilkie Collins’ acting in America, Ada Cavendish made her theatre debut in 1863 in musical parodies of FC Burnand and others.

Bronze shoe No. 2 is one of the smallest in the collection, and belonged to Miss Marsh. It has a pointed toe, Louis heel, and plain little bow of brown satin ribbon.

The third shoe, also in bronze, has very pointed toe, with pearl and gold embroidery, which also adorns the small bow, leaf-like in form. The side seam is stitched with silk galloon, similar to what binds the outside edge. The heel is Louis in style.

Source: Ladies’ Dress Shoes of the Nineteenth Century by T. Watson Greig of Glencarse. Edinburgh: David Douglas 1900.


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