Chopines

ONE of a pair of chopines, or tall clog. 'rhe soles, inches thick, are built of cork, and are, with their latchets, covered with grey ribbed silk; a large silk rosette, originally of salmon-pink, but now faded to a grey colour, is fastened on the instep and covers the lacing eyelet holes.

ONE of a pair, for the right foot, of similar shape to the previous one, but of coarser workmanship and made of black leather ; the soles of these are inches high, and are constructed of layers or small blocks of cork, the centre bein hollow ; the outer sides retain some traccs of painting.

The above are in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

AVERY elegant chopine, of wood covered with white leather, having a kind of bandai, in which the wearer's foot was placed, and provided with a broad base to give a better balance. Its height is 12 inches, and is an excellent example of the Venetian chopine.

In the British Museum.

r lie ehopine is said to he of Eastern origm, and representations of these articles of foot-gear may be found in pictures of Turk h ladies in the time of our Queen Elizabeth. Kamlet, when speakiSg to one of the lady actors, says, u By "r lady, your ladyship is nearer heaven than when I saw you last by the altitude of a ehopine." 1 hey were made of wood, or cork, often eighteen inches high, and covered with leather of various colours, and not unfrequently decorated with painted designs. They were introduced ;nto England from Venice as late as 1670, though probably were never in very common use in this country. heir great height rendered it necessary for the wearer to be supported by men, or maid servants, when walking.

It is asserted that when Charles I. met his future Queen, Henrietta Maria, at Dover, " he cast his eyes towards her (she seeming hi>her than report was, reaching to his shoulder), which she perceiving, showed him her shoes, saying to this effect, 1 Sir, I stand upon mine own feet, I have no help of art; thus high I am, and am neither higher nor lower.'"

Evidently intending the King to understand that she was not standing upon chopines.

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