Handwritten instructions on how to sew a pair of baby shoes provide an intimate glimpse into the everyday work women undertook to tend to children. Accompanied by four small baby shoes, ranging in size from 2.5 to 4 inches, a small heart ornament, and a book-shaped pincushion, this collection gently but evocatively calls attention to motherhood, women’s handiwork, and efforts to commemorate infancy in the nineteenth century.
“Baby’s Shoes” Manuscript, (Quincy, Massachusetts?), ca. 1870s-1880s.
Ken and Linda Schopieray
IN HONOR OF
The Schopieray Family