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My computer is fixed now so we can try another post.  So how about a post about some very old shoes at the Costume Museum of Canada.

They have been dated as 1770-80

This one has been dated as 1770-80

The front has a metallic thread embroidery.

The front has a metallic thread embroidery.

They have an odd heel that I had never seen before.  Apparently they are called Italian heels.

They have an odd heel that I had never seen before. Apparently they are called Italian heels.

It is actually a single shoe.  Who knows what happened to its mate.  This one is pretty worn out.  I guess the other one didn't do as well.

It is actually a single shoe. Who knows what happened to its mate. This one is pretty worn out. I guess the other one didn’t do as well.

Here is another pair, dated 1780.  These were cool because you could still see the holes from the prongs of the buckles.  I don't know why I found that amazing.

Here is another pair, dated 1780. These were cool because you could still see the holes from the prongs of the buckles. I don’t know why I found that amazing.  It was like seeing the holes made me connected to the wearer…I could see evidence of them using them.  They were also cool because I didn’t know that the heels were low during this time period.

One of CCM’s oldest dress

A few weekends ago, Shirley and I were helping out at the Canadian Costume Museum.  Shirley stumbled on a pre Victorian gem.  We didn’t have time to take it out of the box so I will show you a photo from the web site.  Half way down from the link, you will see the photos of the dress on a mannequin.          21_photogallery1_2196109541_52A030A

“Open Robe Gown with matching shoes, English, c.1780; silk and metallic thread brocade. Made in England of french fabric (c.1720) for Aleda Riddell Tucker, descendant of the first governor of Bermuda.”
Here is what we saw….the shoes.
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Close up of the shoes.
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The fichu….
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…with the white on white embroidery.
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Laying under that was the dress itself.
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It is obviously blue with silver threads.
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I thought the lace on the sleeves was divine!
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I was also strangely pleased by the economy of using other fabrics in the parts that wouldn’t be seen.
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Special thanks to Shirley for being my Vanna White!

I love a man in uniform.

But, what girl doesn’t.  In my earlier tour of our local museum they had two uniforms on display.  I wondered which one would have turned my head if I lived then.  Would it have been the Soldier of the Post of the Western Sea?   

Or would it have been the soldier from the Compagnies Franches de la Marine?

I guess if it was purely based on looks I’d have to say, “Oui, oui” to the Franches de la Marine uniform.  If it were based on politics, I’d guess, in those days,  it would depend on who my father said I liked.

Must have Tuesday a la 1770

I know my “must haves” thus far have not been Victorian but, even someone who wants to be Victorian can appreciate the “go big or go home and eat cake” style of the 1700s.

Todays dress is, of course, from the Met.

I wish they had put proper panniers on the mannequin.

I also wish the stomacher was not missing.  May be it could have had something like this one….

It is from 1720 but I don't think they changed to much over time.

Side view of the dress.

This is pretty.

Back view.

I just love that look....sigh.

But it is the fabric and details that make me want this dress…and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!

All that detail work makes me drool!