519 – Curse

Physical description:
Red leather sling-back shoe, filled with wax containing the body of a bird (sparrow).
Museum classification:
Curses
Size:
270mm
Information:

Text by Cecil Williamson: 'Jealousy - oh what things are done in thy name. Sexy red shoe, a poor wee sparrow done to death and frozen into a wax tomb of foot shoe space. Hate and jealousy are both bad things. This is a Plymouth-based fabrication worked by the Union Street charmer, Black Doris.'

Evidence relating to shoe from the Cecil Williamson Object Label Collection:

The following document, which includes what may have been the original spoken incantation that accompanied the making of the object, can be found at CWOLC 8366:

"'Like this wax, May your feet grow cold. Like this bird, May the damp earth your body hold, Before it lives To be another twelve months old.' Spell casting by induced auto-suggestion. This shoe was obtained by some unknown means, treated in the manner seen, then returned to its owner, together with the above verse, thereby causing considerable distress and anxiety in the family for many months."

CWOLC 7771 adds:

"'Like this wax may your feet grow cold like this bird may the damp earth hold your body, before it is another twelve month old' The shoe is obtained by some means or another from the victim, worked upon and then returned to the victim. This is a typical method of induced auto suggestion. In this instance the owner of the shoe has not come to harm. Yet!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mentioned in Doreen Valiente's description of the exhibits at Cecil Williamson's 'House of Spells' at Polperro (Transcripts from Doreen Valiente's Diaries 1959-1966, in the museum library (133.43 VAL), pp.29-34).

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Leather, wax, animal
Copyright ownership:
Copyright to The Museum of Witchcraft Ltd.

Text by Cecil Williamson: 'Jealousy - oh what things are done in thy name. Sexy red shoe, a poor wee sparrow done to death and frozen into a wax tomb of foot shoe space. Hate and jealousy are both bad things. This is a Plymouth-based fabrication worked by the Union Street charmer, Black Doris.'

Evidence relating to shoe from the Cecil Williamson Object Label Collection:

The following document, which includes what may have been the original spoken incantation that accompanied the making of the object, can be found at CWOLC 8366:

"'Like this wax, May your feet grow cold. Like this bird, May the damp earth your body hold, Before it lives To be another twelve months old.' Spell casting by induced auto-suggestion. This shoe was obtained by some unknown means, treated in the manner seen, then returned to its owner, together with the above verse, thereby causing considerable distress and anxiety in the family for many months."

CWOLC 7771 adds:

"'Like this wax may your feet grow cold like this bird may the damp earth hold your body, before it is another twelve month old' The shoe is obtained by some means or another from the victim, worked upon and then returned to the victim. This is a typical method of induced auto suggestion. In this instance the owner of the shoe has not come to harm. Yet!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mentioned in Doreen Valiente's description of the exhibits at Cecil Williamson's 'House of Spells' at Polperro (Transcripts from Doreen Valiente's Diaries 1959-1966, in the museum library (133.43 VAL), pp.29-34).