Object File Information:
Accession Number: JM76.087
Collection: Laurence Gouverneur Hoes Collection
Category: Personal Artifacts
Subcategory: Clothing – Footwear
Description: One of a pair of slippers covered in a patterned cream-colored silk brocade, embroidered with cream silk treads in arepeating wreath medallion design, with a paste buckle. [C. G. Sloan, “Appraisal of the Collections at the James Monroe Museum,” (unpublished, 1989), 18]. The slipper sports a French heel and two cloth straps that cross over a peaked instep, which is then held in place by an oval-shaped rhinestone buckle [Ibid.].
The shoes were originally worn by Elizabeth Kortright on her wedding day in February of 1786. They were made in the same fabric as Elizabeth’s wedding gown. This material was originally purchased for Elizabeth’s mother, Hannah Kortright. Mrs. Kortright died in 1774 and the fabric was stored until Elizabeth had it made into her wedding outfit. Surplus fabric was probably used to make these shoes.
Elizabeth married James Monroe in a small ceremony in New York and the couple honeymooned on Long Island. Shortly after the wedding, the newlyweds moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia where Monroe established a law practice.
Height: 4.500 in
Width: 3.000 in
Dimension Notes: Buckle measures 1 inch
Provenance: James Monroe – Maria Hester (Monroe) Gouverneur- Samuel L. Gouverneur, Sr. – Mary Digges (Lee) Gouverneur -Samuel L. Gouverneur, Jr. – Marian Campbell Gouverneur – Rose Gouverneur Hoes – Laurence Gouverneur Hoes – James Monroe Memorial Foundation – Commonwealth of Virginia.
Collector: James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
Originally Owned By: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe
Place of Origin: England
Citation:“Wedding Shoe.”JM76.087. James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library.
Object Bibliography: Sloan, C. G. “Appraisal of the Collections at the James Monroe Museum.” 1989.