The Ladies' Paradise: Artifact Study

Title

Fabric Boots

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

2014

Abstract

A pair of black silk boots was acquired by the University of Rhode Island’s Historic Textile and Costume Collection in 1996 (accession number: 96.10.14). The styling and construction of these boots suggests that they were made in the 1860s, which happens to also be the time period that The Ladies Paradise is set in. The boots are believed to be ready-made, as they are signed with their maker’s name (possibly: “MP Robertson”) on the collar’s lining, along a number to indicate sizing.

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