Mrs. Joseph Mead's Slippers, 1856

Wedding slippers, 1966.21.3a-b (pattern available at link)
Unfortunately, I don't know anything about Joseph Mead's unnamed wife. And her wedding gown either no longer survives or is being held somewhere else. The attribution might not even be correct - it's based on a handwritten note placed inside one shoe (the handwriting does look to be Victorian, however, so I tend to think it was done by someone with first-hand knowledge).

I wish the gown did survive - not just because every surviving gown is a victory against entropy and the Lone Power, but because that fabric is pretty amazing, and I would love to see it stretching over the yards and yards of an 1850s skirt. However, these slippers are in good condition, and it's good to have them! The construction is very simple, and anyone who wants to have slippers to match her gown should be able to use the pattern to make them.


  1. I'm spoiled by Facebook--I want to label this with a big, fat LIKE both for the slippers and the commentary. :)

    1. I always want to like everything too, all over the internet! Livejournal needs to get with the program.


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