Antique Salesman Sample Leather Boots - Our Own Make ca 1880s
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
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We have here a pair of leather boots, circa 1880s, that were salesman’s samples which would have been used to demonstrate what the actual product would be like if ordered. They are very small in size, looks like they might fit a very young child. They are made of black and maroon red leather and have leather soles that are affixed with square head nails. The “collar” or top front area is made of maroon red leather that is stamped “Our Own Make”. They have pull straps, stitched seams on either side and at the counter and are overlaid with a glossier leather at the toe box. They measure 10” in height and the soles have a length of 6 1/4” and width of 2 1/4”. They are in very good condition with the exception of creasing and a bit of surface leather loss at the center front of the red leather tops (see close-up photos).
This is a rare and unique pair of salesman’s sample boots - wonderful addition to a collection!