Antique Silk Embroidered “Souvenir” Slippers :C19th Istanbul, Turkey
From Istanbul a wonderful pair of decorative handmade silk embroidered velvet gentleman’s slippers.
In black silk velvet with silk embroidered pansies and forget-me-nots, both slippers have “Souvenir” written across their uppers and were probably made for the European visitor to Istanbul, possibly aboard the Orient Express.
The slippers have hand stitched leather soles and date from the later half of the 19th century.
There is a scene in Little Woman where Beth gives Mr Lawrence a pair of slippers embroidered with Pandora and he remarks “ Hearts Ease my favourite flower”.
They are in very good condition for their age, and have some light wear/rubs to the surface of the embroidery. The uppers are lined in a soft white leather.
29cm X 11cm