The Georgian 18th Century Shoes
|Georgian Shoe, English heel, circa 1720|
But take my hand and we’ll find the ghost within: a pair of glorious Georgian shoes that must have thrilled and delighted on their first night out.
It's 1720. The House of Hanover has only just taken to the English throne. Ballrooms are full of blazing candellabras, and shoes like these, designed to blaze with them.
|All this would be silver and sparkle three hundred years ago|
Curved and high, the heels indicate her elevated position in society, a position she has 70 years to enjoy before the The French Revolution will make such a high and mighty shoe dangerously out of style.
Pointed toes, not square, reveal the owner could sense a trend. Square toes would soon be strictly for the men.
In her a silk manua gown, what did she look like?
And is it better to know, or to imagine?
These shoes are the oldest in York Castle Museum's costume and textiles collection.
Intivation to Comment
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If you could time travel back to one night in history - what night would it be, and where would it be?
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