London, South Kensington
1 October 2008
A PAIR OF BLACK GLACÉ LEATHER CHILD'S PUMPS, BY TRADITION FROM TSAREVICH ALEXEI
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
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'.
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