Embroidered Puppet Shoes from 19th Century Holland

Fragment of an embroidered linen shoe from Holland, early 19th century. Fragment of an embroidered linen shoe from Holland, early 19th century. Courtesy Rijksmuseum Amsterdam acc. no. BK-NM-12427-A.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses a pair of leather and open-weave linen shoes (8.5 x 3 cm) that date to the first half of the nineteenth century (c. 1825-1850). The uppers of the shoes are embroidered with flowers and branches. The embroidery is carried out in tent stitch (or possibly cross stitch). The shoes have a flat sole (no heels) and square toes. The upper edge of the inside of the shoe is strengthened with a tape.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam online catalogue (retrieved 9 May 2016).

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