Shoe of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Tudor 16th century.

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Shoe said to have belonged to Mary Queen of Scots

Shoe said to have belonged to Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (1542 – 1587).

THIS shoe is supposed to have belonged to the beautiful and unfortunate Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (7/8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587).

Though remarkable for the smallness of its size, it is by no means a specimen of the elaborate workmanship of former days, being made of plain black satin; the simplicity of which, however, would in all probability be relieved by a diamond buckle to fasten, as was the fashion in olden times, the straps which were made to overlap each other across the instep.

It is interesting and valuable the antiquarian on account of its antiquity, and because of the rank and historical celebrity of it to quondam wearer.

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


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Note:  Marguerite de Navarre. Coat of arms and emblematic motto.

The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress by Ninya Mikhaila & Jane Malcolm-Davies.

A valuable sourcebook for costume designers, dressmakers and those involved in historical reenactments, this book contains all the information you need to create authentic clothes from the Tudor period.

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