The high-top leather child’s boots in black leather cowhide, the wholes shod with iron and with brass toe-caps, surviving from early nineteenth century England.
The condition of the boots are thoroughly charming with the leather showing signs of obvious wear commensurate with use and age. There are holes present to the uppers where there would have been some kind of buckle or strap attachment. We haven’t cleaned or oiled them as they are best preserved and presented as found.
In the early 19th century shoes were made with a right foot and a left foot instead of being interchangeable. Men very often wore boots in the 19th century and it became acceptable for women to wear them too.
A child in the early to middle part of the nineteenth century would have been very fortunate to have boots such as these as they were a luxury. Boys and girls wore boots like these in the Victorian era to school and they were expensive and required special care to maintain. In many towns at the end of the 19th century a charity called the Boot Fund was founded to help provide boots and shoes for poor children. This particular pair are of superior quality with the brass toe caps.
If you have an imagination, then these tell a rather glorious story.