Friday Photo: Blue Shoes

I’ve had a long week of paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork. It’s for a worthwhile reason, but still tedious. Now that it’s Friday and almost five o’clock it’s time to relax. How do I relax? Shoe shopping of course. So, to get inspired for some shopping, I thought I’d show you one of the most beautiful pairs of 18th century shoes I’ve ever seen. These are the ca. 1770 Eliza Pinckney shoes from the Charleston Museum, and I highly recommend you read their blog post about them.

Light blue satin shoes with silver braid, c. 1770. The label inside one shoe indicates that these were made in London by Thos. Hose, Shoemaker, Lombard Street. They belonged to Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who was married to Charles Pinckney, lawyer, judge and member of the House of Commons. Eliza is best known for her perseverance and success with her father’s indigo crop, ultimately making it a most prosperous crop in the Lowcountry (South Carolina) until the war. Her two sons were educated in London; both fought in the Revolutionary War. Charles Cotesworth was a member of the Provincial Congress and signer of the constitution; Thomas became governor of South Carolina. Her daughter Harriott married Daniel Horry of Hampton Plantation.Gift of Mrs. William Wallace Childs through Mrs. St. Julian Ravenel Childs in 1948TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday

From the Charleston Museum, charlestonmuseum.org

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2 responses to “Friday Photo: Blue Shoes

  1. I have always been fascinated with Eliza Lucas Pinckney since I watched her story on “Sandlapper’s Corner” in 3rd grade. I think I even dressed up as her for Halloween once. Yes, I was THAT kid.

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