Victorian High Top Leather Ladies Boots Baird and Co Louisiana Circa 1890
Everything about this stunning pair of ladies leather high top boots instantly appeal. The warm caramel coloring, the very attractive and narrow ankle shape, the wonderful condition and also having their original retailer's mark. They look like they have been hand carved from THE most mellow walnut wood!! See a similar pair on display at The Met Museum, ref: 1979.346.104a, b
Dating to the 1890-1900 period this high top pair of laced leather boots are the perfect addition to your antique shoe and boot collection. They will also make a gorgeous interior design statement in your shop or bedroom!!
This pair of Victorian boots are made from the softest, most supple caramel colored leather with very fine stitching and the original leather covered wood heels. They have leather soles and leather bases to the heel, complete with original brass nails. They are calico lined and have their original leather tongues. One boot has the maker or retailer's gold printed mark to the inner Baird Co Ltd. Shreveport. LA. Numbers 382 and 81697are also printed in black to the inside. Each boot has been stuffed with a kapok stuffing to keep them firm and upright.
Size : Height 10.5" length 10" heel height 2 7/8"
Condition: Very good indeed. The leather is soft and supple. There is a slight scuff to the leather on one of the heels. The leather sole has come adrift a little where it curves up before curving under the inner heel on each boot. There is evidence of glued reattachment at this point. One outer area of heel has a small area of darkening to the leather. A couple of the brass nails are missing to each leather heel tip. There is some drying and scuffing to the leather lining around the inner neck of each boot, not at all noticeable on display.
These are over 100 year old items of historic costume and although in remarkably good condition, their age and very narrow size would prevent them from being worn today. They are for display only.
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