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    Sale 5422

    Fine European Costume & Textiles

    1 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 263

    A PAIR OF BLACK GLACÉ LEATHER CHILD'S PUMPS, BY TRADITION FROM TSAREVICH ALEXEI

    C. 1900

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF BLACK GLACÉ LEATHER CHILD'S PUMPS, BY TRADITION FROM TSAREVICH ALEXEI
    C. 1900
    flat soled with black silk rosette to the vamp, lined in black leather
    7in. (17.8cm.) sole
    Stamped in gilt Henry Weiss St Petersburg Nevsky 66 with a double-headed eagle


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    Provenance

    Given to the vendor's father's nurse Molly Telford by Margaretta Eagar, nurse to the children of Tsar Nicholas of Russia. These shoes are supposed to have been worn by the Tsarevich Alexei, but are more likely from one of the Grand Duchesses.

    Margaretta Eagar served as nurse in the Royal household from 1898-1904, and wrote a memoir in 1906, 'Six Years at the Russian Court'.