Spotted white silk shoe of Lady Mary Mordaunt. 17th c.

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Lady Mary Mordaunt’s yellow silk shoe, 17th century

Spotted white silk shoe of Lady Mary Mordaunt. 


THIS shoe also belonged to Lady Mary Mordaunt (Mary Howard, Duchess of Norfolk and 7th Baroness Mordaunt, British peeress c. 1659–17 November 1705).

The material is the same as that of the black one (spotted silk ), but its bright colour and elaborate gimp trimming transforms it into a smarter and more stylish shoe.

The point of the toe is so extremely sharp and elongated, that it had to be well stuffed with cotton-wool to preserve the shape.

Book: Ladies’ old-fashioned shoes by T. Watson Greig 1885.


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