Wednesday, February 3, 2010
" The Albert Slipper"
The Victorian Albert Slipper (named after Prince Albert) is a plain velvet slipper with a leather sole with a padded contrasting lining. Traditionally worn about the house - What is so amusing is that we today sometimes have to watch the .......... wearing them outside in informal settings. This is Not .....Well, I leave it at that....
They are frequently seen with hunt motifs, family crests or initials. Who used to wear them? Sir Winston Churchill (he had a red pair monogrammed WSC)as well as the Duke of Windsor - some of his slippers were made by Peal Co - England.
Peal and Co was founded in 1565 and is one of the oldest-established and most successful makers of leather accessories, shoes, briefcases etc. in the world. The firm was established in Durham, moved to Derby in 1765, and finally to London in 1791.