I follow quite a few historic groups on facebook, including a great “Buy and sell group” for people living in Sweden.
About two weeks ago I found the best ad ever.
A pair of American duchess black “Kensington” in my size, for about half what it would have cost me o order them over seas.
They even came with “Valois” shoe buckles.
I’ve been dreaming of adding a pair of these to my growing historical wardrobe. So I hurried and snatched them up.
A few days later they arrived.
Looking so pure and perfect.
So, last week (while preparing for my “Redingote photoshoot“) I got ready to attach the buckles using the tutorial from AD-homepage.
Pic from American Duchess site.
Using a small awl to make wholes in the tongue for the buckle.
I had a bit trouble to get the buckle to sit nicely without making the tongue pucker.
Since I didn’t wanted to put to much pressure on my new shoes I practiced on my well used white 18th century shoes.
Yay, it worked (with some mild force and determination).
I’m so happy with my new shoes, and love them to death.
A pacage came to my door. It had come all the way from America and I feelt lika a child at christmas opening it up.
Of course, I already knew what was waiting inside but couldn’t help jumping up and down out of pure joy.
It was my brand new “imperfect” shoes from American Duchess.
Look at those lovely shoe boxes, such beautiful color.
My beautiful white Kensingtons.
I mentioned they were “imperfects” – I got them on sale because they were damadged, or in other way did not live up to the Duchess quality standards.
After some seearcing I found the “problem”……A tiny smear of glue on the inside of the heel. Not something anyone will ever notice.
I also got these pretty pacages.
The brown little box (I got two of them) contained these lovely stockings in white and pale blue.
And the little blue velvett bag contained these sparkeling shoe buckles.
And in the other shoe box?
My beloved Gibson in black (which I already shown you a glimps of earlier).
And as with the Kensingtons I needed to search the shoes to find the “imperfects”. Im not quite sure, but I think it may be these little wrinkles in the leather at the sides.
So there you have it – my magical box of wounderful things is opened.And I can’t wait to take them all out for a try.