J Ferry Paris

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  1. Rock that frock

    Rock that frock Registered Guest

    Hello,

    Has anyone ever heard of J Ferry shoemaker from Paris? I recently acquired a pair of black silk heels. The only place I could find this shoe was on the MET website. They seem to have quite a few in different colors. The condition is remarkably beautiful.

    Does anyone know anything about this person, J Ferry?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Rock that frock

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  3. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    Hi!

    I have not heard of them but they sound lovely. Could you post some pics?
     
  4. Rock that frock

    Rock that frock Registered Guest

    Hi,

    Yes, I would be happy to do so. Just as soon as the lighting is in my favor.

    :)
     
  5. Rock that frock

    Rock that frock Registered Guest

    These are the exact same shoes I have found on the MET site. The condition is amazing.

    Evening shoes1890–1900
    J. Ferry French


    Photo was taken from the MET.
     

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  6. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    Lovely! Thanks!

    And I can relate to the lighting issue - it's a gloomy day here in Maine - not good for photos of dark items.
     
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  7. Rock that frock

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    pics are fuzzy, will try to do better later.
     

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  8. Rock that frock

    Rock that frock Registered Guest

    Connecticut gloomy! lol
     
  9. Rock that frock

    Rock that frock Registered Guest

    I'm thinking if the MET has them, they must be worth 10s of thousands $$$$! LOL
     
  10. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    J. Ferry was a fairly prolific shoemaker in Paris. I suspect he worked with the couturiers to make shoes to match dresses in colour, or even using extra fabric to match dresses. The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto also has a few example by him as well. I don't know his history, he was certainly around the last quarter of the 19th century. Your pair looks late 1870s or c. 1880 to me. The toe is very round, and the profile stitching on the heel is typical of that period
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  11. Rock that frock

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    Hello,

    Thank you so much for that bit of information! It's very helpful to me.

    Sincerely,

    Joanne
     
  12. Rock that frock

    Rock that frock Registered Guest

    Hi,

    Have you ever seen J Ferry shoes besides a museum? Would you happen to know anyone I can contact for an appraisal?

    Thank you for your time!

    Joanne
     
  13. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Depends where you are and what sort of appraisal you want. If you are looking for a price, I would suggest you look at ended sale prices for similar late 19th century shoes on Ebay and Etsy. There are dealers who have or are carrying similar items by other makers.
     
  14. Rock that frock

    Rock that frock Registered Guest

    Hi,

    Thank you very much. I will do just that! I appreciate your help.

    :)
     
  15. Pinkcoke

    Pinkcoke Alumni

    I don't know if you still can, but I have in the past looked up shoe valuations on Kerry Taylor's auctions. She usually has a few pairs of shoes in each sale, shoes of this age won't be in every fashion auction but she has them more than any other platform I know of. I can't remember if it stated how much they sold for. You do have to click through each auction's catelogue link and physically look for the listings, so it's down to how much work you want to put in.
    I would mention that just because the met have a pair in their collection does not make them inherently valuable, and plain black shoes are the most common of all, so please don't get your hopes up. ;)
     
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