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Object Name Slipper, Bedroom
Catalog Number 0985.07.00211b
Date ca. 1866
Description Right shoe of a pair (2) of men's slippers consisting of leather outsole with a 1/2 inch wooden heel; velvet and leather upper lined with possible cotton; no toe box; stiff counter covered with leather. The velvet upper contains a large floral motif embroidery covering the toe with red, purple, green and brown velvet thread; the leather upper attached to this contains a floral stem motif embroidery with cotton thread. The outsole is attached with one peg at the waist. The heel is attached with ten pegs about 2/3 inch apart. Men's size 9.
Dimensions H-2.8 W-4 L-11 inches
Owned Jefferson Davis (tentative)
Made Mrs. James Taylor (tentative)
Provenance Possibly a pair of slippers worked by Mrs. James Taylor, and presented to Jefferson Davis through Varina Davis by Mary K. Jones of Newport, Kentucky, in 1866. Mrs. Taylor wanted to acknowledge the compliment of having received Mr. Davis' autograph through Miss Mason.

(A pair of slippers was given to the MOC by Mrs. Davis; this pair has an unknown history but was in the Mississippi Room, so it seems likely that they are the slippers in question. See donor's letter of 10/1/1866 in file.)
People Davis, Jefferson
Taylor, James, Mrs.
Jones, Mary K.