Rare Pair of 18th Cent PATTENS

Rare Pair of 18th Cent PATTENS

Code: 13148


W: 28cm (11")H: 11cm (4.3")D: 11cm (4.3")


I am selling a rare 18th cent pair of Ladies Show Pattens.

Shoe leather was expensive in earlier times and these strange items were worn in rural areas to save feet from getting wet in marshy areas etc. Each has a raised wooden sole on an iron ring, worn to raise one's feet above wet or muddy ground when walking outdoors.

They are incredibly difficult to find and even more so to have a pair complete with leather sides. They are well-worn and appear to be the size of a woman's feet. There is evidence of original black paint and all iron fixings are present and complete. These ones are particularly unusual having brass backs and heel springs, presumably so they could slip on and stay on more easily. Although these look like a matching pair there are subtle differences suggesting that maybe the household originally had several pairs but these two ended up staying together.