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Civil War Era Square Toe Boots with 1860 Patent Label
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A pair of Civil War era square toe civilian boots. The boots have shafts of brown fabric with irregular gold flecks. The interior of each shaft has two fabric pulls. The vamp, or instep, is fashioned from a green silken material. Each toe has a scalloped black leather overlay. The soles are leather and the heels are wood. The length of the exterior of the sole, from heel to toe, is approximately 11 1/2 inches. The interiors of the shaft are stamped "9" and "1167". The heel of one of the boots has a paper label affixed to it bearing the name of the McKay Sewing Machine Association, with a patent date of 1860. The top of one of the uppers has a small slit in it, about 1/2 inch wide. The boots show use and general wear but remain in very impressive condition for their age.