The Victoria is
something new for the Civil War ladies. The moment you hold Victoria
you will know that you have a quality shoe in your hand. Comfort, quality and
authenticity are all brought by Victoria
Victoria is a fully leather lined
flat heeled, fitted ankle-high bootee for the ladies. Victoria has a tapered,
squarish toe cap and is made of soft leather on a left\right last. We
have been getting some complaints that ladies with sturdy feet or stronger
ankles are experiencing difficulty with getting into the Victoria. We have made
a slight adjustment by adding another elastic gusset.
Victoria has six jet black buttons on the front
of the shoe but there is no need for a button hook. Victoria has an elastic
gusset on the inside and a smaller one on the outside of the ankle. Don't
worry about time period or authenticity. The elastic gusset was patented
in Britain in 1837 by the firm of Spekes Hall. (Victorian Costume and Costume
Accessories, Anne Buck, keeper of the Gallery of English Costume, Platt Hall,
Manchester. Library of Congress #62-8330)
Balmoral Castle was
Queen Victoria's favorite country estate and several styles and new articles
of clothing were
first seen there. The combination of elastic
gusset and ornamental buttons is here shown in a man's balmoral
shoe titled, "from the 1860's" shown on page 45 of June Swann's "Shoes"
ISBN 0 7134 0942 8. Ms Swann is considered by many to be the world's foremost
expert on historical footwear. This
shoe apparently has two elastic gussets. you may see an opening on the
opposite side of the shoe where the other gusset has fallen away. Note,
also, the long, flat shovel toe extending well forward of the actual toe. Fugawee
produces a man's elastic-sided Congress Gaiter or Garibaldi boot .
The elastic gusset assures
that there is no problem with ankle fit as you might find with the calf-high
button shoes or lace-up boots sometimes called Shady Lady. The Shady Lady actually
dates from 1883. It is fine for Cowboy shooting sports but out of place during
the Civil War.
Sizes for both the Victoria and
Rose are from 6M-11W full & half sizes . We stock Victoria's
in bone color, whole & half sizes 6 -11width M & W
Here is Fugawee's Victoria reproduction
pictured with an original shoe from the Civil War era.
The original appears to be made of patent
leather and is probably about size four. Note the flat heel and the buttons.
Fugawee's Victoria took its more graceful toe cap from another original. Similar
elastic-sided boots are shown in Godey's Ladies Book and June Swan's "Shoes".
Ms Swan, said by many to be the world's foremost expert on footwear, says that
they were popular from 1855 to 1880. Some medium heel models were made but Fugawee
decided on the flat heel to accommodate ladies who might find themselves walking
on rough ground.
Named for the famous Confederate
spy and patriot, Rose Greenhow, this is
another elastic-sided shoe. It has a plain, tapered squarish toe and a
vamp much like a fine English riding boot or jodhpur. Designed to be comfortable
for outdoor wear, it is a fine shoe for the active lady, whether period-correct
event watcher, nurse or sweetheart. We called this model Rose with
a vision of a dedicated lady making her way over the uncertain ground between
Federal and Confederate lines. Rose is leather lined and very well constructed.
Rose looks good with today's slacks, too. Sizes 6M-11W full &
$85.20 Plus s/h
Who was Rose Greenhow?
Rose Greenhow is credited with furnishing
the information that won the Battle of First Manassas. Captured and imprisoned,
she somehow obtained her freedom and fled to Europe where she became a great
social success, presented in several royal courts and raising funds for the
Cause. She wrote a book about the War and raised support, money and sympathy
for the Confederacy.
When the Blockade Runner which was
returning her to the Confederacy was driven against the North Carolina
shore by Federal blockaders, Rose attempted to reach land at Cape Fear in a
small boat. The boat overturned and Rose Greenhow was pulled down to her
death by the weight of the gold she was carrying.
style: "Shoes" by June Swann (page 48) shows an unfinished lady's
shoe that was made by Spekes Hall and shown at the Great Exhibition in 1861.
Elastic-side shoes remained in fashion until the 1880's.
Your welcom to Phone us at 1
800-605-8280 to order.
As with all Fugawee shoes, exchange
or refund is no problem as long as the shoes are returned in a saleable condition.
A ladies lace up boot. Sturdy enough for
around the camp and comfortable enough for all day.
Sizes 5m to 11 1/2m, Black only
Price $114.90 + S&H
is a sister boot to the Stella. Josie has slightly rounder toe and a bit shorter
in the leg. This comes in a bit wider width. This is a super comfortable boot.
Whole and half sizes 5 to 12 W.
$147.00 + S&H
A woman's alternative to the "soldier
This is a fine alternative for the
woman who wants to take an active role on the battlefield and on parade. Visit
this great page based on good research that opens a whole new view of
Women in the War. Army.mil
Well worth the reading for everyone interested
in the history of the War
This is a place where we will display
things that are not necessarily of any particular historical vintage.
Sometimes we just come across things, sometime we may offer stuff that Art brought
home during many years of voyaging.
We came across this little pendant purse at a wholesale jewelers show
and it screamed out for for a placeon
a Victorian bosom. It is handmade of black glass beads. It has
a beaded black neck ribbon and button closure. Dimensions are: 3˝ inches by
3-3/4 inches. The price is $12 and shipping is $2.00. Free shipping if
purchased with a pair of shoes.