Child’s boots
c.1820
SP1

These little boots were presented to Elizabeth Gaskell by Martha Wright (Mrs Brontë’s nurse), who insisted they were rescued from the kitchen fire by Charlotte, on her return from a soaking walk on the moors. The green boot was originally embroidered with three flowers but two appear to have been unpicked, leaving a single wild rose, a symbol of simplicity. A similar trio of roses were painted by Charlotte in July 1830. The only signs of fire damage are slight singeing of the laces and rosettes.

Boot length 13 cm

Child’s boots
c.1820
SP1

These little boots were presented to Elizabeth Gaskell by Martha Wright (Mrs Brontë’s nurse), who insisted they were rescued from the kitchen fire by Charlotte, on her return from a soaking walk on the moors. The green boot was originally embroidered with three flowers but two appear to have been unpicked, leaving a single wild rose, a symbol of simplicity. A similar trio of roses were painted by Charlotte in July 1830. The only signs of fire damage are slight singeing of the laces and rosettes.

Boot length 13 cm