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Men and women in the first half of the 19th century wore "pumps". This style is for men. They were made like ballet slippers with no rights or lefts. Unlike women's pumps, those for men were almost always black and had no ribbons to tie around the ankle. Some styles of "pantaloons" for men did have stirrups that could be worn over pumps to help keep them on. These pumps would have been worn for dancing and for more formal occasions.


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Men's pumps

date   c. 1830
length   10.5"
width   3.5"
process/materials   leather
item type   Personal Items/Clothing - Footwear
accession #   #2000.20.504

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