Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wedding slippers

Date:
1864
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, leather
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. James B. Campbell, 1971
Accession Number:
2009.300.1598a, b
Not on view
Simple flat cream satin slippers were a common choice of brides throughout the 19th century. If the wearer preferred a more modern appearance, the style could be updated by adopting the current mode of trimming and, after 1850, by the addition of a heel. This pair of classic mid-nineteenth century wedding slippers has been made fashionable the inclusion of a large cockade-style rosette and small heel, which has been nailed onto a finished flat sole. They were worn by Brooklyn bride Mary Annie (Anna) Kimball for her marriage to De Witt Clinton Blair in 1864.
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