These incredible shoes belonged to a child in the early 19th Century and are now for sale on Ebay.
“This is a scarce opportunity to own a pair of very early 19th century children’s shoes from the reign of George III, 1800 to 1820 period,” says the seller. “These ancient square toed shoes are very worn and showing their 200 years of age but such early infant examples have rarely survived, being passed down to other family members or servants children to wear – we simply could not resist them!”
“Made from expensive bronze and teal colored woven silk brocade with a floral rose design these shoes were purchased for a wealthy child. Their silk brocade so indicative of the Georgian’s love for color. Having silk brocade uppers with square and domed toe and ankle securing straps with replacement mother of pearl buttons, the originals would have been gilt metal buttons.”
“These shoes/ slippers have brown leather straight slap soles (with no left or right). The leather soles are gloriously tactile with their smooth, shiny worn surface. Punched ring stamps can be seen at the toe and heel. With butted back seam and slanting side seam. The vamp having a square throat. These tiny shoes are lined with cream linen with a stiffener concealed within each heel.”
The shoes measure 9.5cm x 3.5 cm. Never to be worn, these are for careful display only. But before you get too excited these rare antiques are priced at £795. Hopefully they will go to a good home.