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Postillion boot with spur

Made in France, c 1790.
Postillion boot with spur, mens, leather / metal, and identification tag, paper, maker unknown, [France] / England, c. 1790

Mens single right straight thigh boot (postillion), [welted] construction with square domed toe over rounded square sole and stacked heel. Boot consists of black leather upper featuring a straight vamp seam at waist, rigid leg to knee with extra layer to top, all front seamed with outside right leg and front top cut higher. Spur rest stitched to the centre back and angled away from the back. The original spur leather is incomplete at the bottom with two leather straps, buckles and D buckle attached. Upper decorated with a pair of leaves between two rows of stitching and a row of stitching around the top edge, scallops and circles at the original centre of spur leather with two rows of stitching each side. Lining consists of a roll of leather at top edge of leg, probably padded. Stacked leather heel has four lifts, a slight kickup in centre and wrought nail head.

Paper tag from unknown institution, inscribed 'No 33 / One Postillion Boot / with spur & Pad / Tudor Period'
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