Toddler's Victorian Silk Velvet Boots w/ Acorns c1875
Beautiful baby boots. They date to the beginning of the Aesthetic Period, c1875. Moss green silk velvet is deep cut into a broad stripe pattern. Open sided, with the side edges piped in silk and the same silk forming ribbon tie closures. And the most wonderful detail ~ one dear, sweet silk acorn suspends from the front ankle of each shoe. The silk cord from which the acorn swings is attached to the shoes with a corded frog-like applique. One shoe has its original silk tassel to accompany the acorn. The other tassel is gone. Soles are leather.
Condition is overall very good, especially when you consider the fact that they were made for a child, most likely new to walking, about 170 years ago. The silk in the ribbons has faded and turned a little yellowish. Three of the four ribbons are cut short. One pair of ties remains complete in its bow, while the others have been unknotted. There is a tiny bit of shallow surface wear to both soles.
The shoes measure 4 1/2" toe to heel (outside) and 1 5/8" wide (outside.) Worthy of display. They would do well in a photo shoot. But I don't know if you'd want your toddler to be running around in them. Early shoes like these offered little support to growing feet and ankles. USA shipping and insurance is on us!