Hi everyone, Bridget here. We just received this gift of beautiful shoes from a private donor. Dated ca. 1780s, the shoes have passed down through several generations of a Salem family. It is assumed the original owner was Lydia Waite Williams, wife of Israel Williams, Salem, MA ship captain and captain of the Ship Friendship out of Salem. More information to follow.
Photograph, Bridget Swift Strawbery Banke, January 2011