Posted by Dave Thewlis on January 15, 2016 at 08:18:36 user dthewlis.
In Reply to: The red slippers posted by Peter Stanley on January 12, 2016 at 03:34:57:
From Rachel Roberts at Abbot Hall:
The pair of Turkish slippers are positively and definitely not the pair given by the Altounyan children to Arthur Ransome, but they do stem from the Altounyan family. They were given to the museum by one of the Altounyan children when they were adults. She presented the pair of Turkish slippers to the museum at the unveiling of the conserved Mavis (Amazon), which were very similar to, but definitely not the pair given to Ransome. At the time, she said that the slippers had belonged to her father and descended to her. Whether the children pinched their father's slippers for Arthur Ransome, so that he [Dr Altounyan] had to purchase another pair to replace them when he got back to Aleppo, I do not know . . .
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