Antique Pair Of Stunning Hand Sewn Chinese Bound Feet Shoes Circa Mid 1800s

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Seller: carld1846 (6,594) 100%, Location: Surfers Paradise, QLD, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 133114209305 Antique pair of Chinese hand sewn embroidered bound feet lady's shoes. Circa 1850s. The original pair of shoes are embroidered with a pink plum blossom branch. Satin and gold thread piping. The heels are lifted . Condition is very good consider they are over 150 years old. Well to do families had their daughter's feet bound when they were two or three years old. The bondage stayed with the girl throughout her life. The feet were deformed and it was said the perfect bound feet should be about three inches long. The girl grew up staying at home all her life and they needed servants to help them walk or carried when they went out. However the practise made the women swayed when they did walk. This was to entice the attention of a man and considered the woman 'sexy'. I bought this pair of shoes from a grandson of such woman. I bought the whole collection with photographs of the lady wearing the shoes. Very hard to find real original bound feet shoe nowadays. I bought these in Macau in the 1970s. I will not be able to buy anymore of these shoes. Condition as shown. I will enclose a thumb drive of the pictures relating the shoes so that you can use as provenance. Measurement: 13 cm (L) x 5 cm (W) x 9 cm (H) The battery is there for size comparison only. It has nothing to do with the item. 'Most of my collection is one of a kind. I bought the items because I liked it for myself. They were never intended to be resold. Each item has a story and when possible I hand carried in my luggage from all over the world to bring back to Australia. Some of the items have travelled a long way away and some of the items has been with me for 65 years. I am now retired and need to downsize. I will not be able to buy a similar item again and definitely not able to sell it at the same price. If you buy an item from me it most likely is the only one I have. Not only you are buying an item you are also buying 50 years of experience. Thanks for bidding.' I only accept Paypal. I have a 5 business days shipping policy however if I can send earlier I will. Thank you. I am happy to combine postage. Check out my other items! Be sure to add me to your favourites list! Condition: Excellent condition., Original/Reproduction: Original, Originating Region: China, Colour: Black, Era: 1800s, Material: Cloth

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