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