A pair of English men's elastic sided boots with
the uppers hand embroidered, made 1845-1865
By the 1850s most boots were mass produced. Some, however,
were still partly made at home. Women often embroidered
the uppers of boots and slippers for their families as well as
for themselves. Patterns for these were readily available, but
the results were sometimes gaudy as some of the colours favoured
for the embroidery were produced by bright chemical dyes.
The elastic-sided boot was patented in 1837 by
J. Sparkes Hall of 308 Regent Street, London, as a result of
experiments made with India rubber cloth.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905):
'Portrait of Monsieur M.', 1850