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Thursday, 25 May 2017

17th Century shoes discovered in attic


The flat metal ring below the shoe created a platform of several inches.Photo: Hansons Auctioneers.
Image edited by author.

4 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

I assume the ring helped elevate the soles above the residue left by horses and from the contents of chamber pots slung out the windows.

Keith H. Burgess said...

I would imagine so Gorges.
Keith.

Leatherworking Reverend said...

That particular style can often be seen in paintings of 17th C kitchens. They lift the feet above the floor left hot from the cooking fireplace. Gladstone's Land in Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, have a pair in their kitchen dating to about 1620.

Keith H. Burgess said...

Thank you for this information Rev, I had not considered that.
Regards, Keith.