The treatment of a pair of women’s 17thC shoes and clogs

Description

Pair of buckle latchet shoes with clog overshoes (buckles missing). Shoe uppers of patterned silk, probably lampas weave showing pomegranate design. Leather clogs covered with plain rep weave silk.

Condition before treatment

Very poor; shoe uppers crushed, holed & split, some loss, failed back seams.

Client brief/role of object

Make safe for display and storage, provide information on the conservation process for museum visitors.

Treatment

Humidification eased distortions. Failed seams re-stitched through original holes; semi-transparent patches and overlays supported silk, attached with stitches and adhesive. Custom-made support forms play a key part in the conservation process.

Condition after treatment

Less vulnerable and well supported, stable enough to fulfil future role; materials and evidence of use preserved.

Acknowledgements

Reproduced courtesy of Reading Museum Service and the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton. Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton ©2009.

Kate Gill, TCC conservator

Treatment completed March 2007

 Shoe, before treatment

Shoe, before treatment

 Shoes, before treatment

Shoes, before treatment

 Clog, before treatment

Clog, before treatment

 Shoe, after treatment with support forms in place

Shoe, after treatment with support forms in place

 Shoes, after treatment

Shoes, after treatment

 Clog, after treatment, supported on customised Perspex™ display mount

Clog, after treatment, supported on customised Perspex™ display mount