SOLD Civil War Era Brogans with Provenance, Ex-Museum

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    SOLD An incredibly exciting, historic pair of brogans dating to the Civil War.  (The kind of things that make my heart flutter.)  Well made of sturdy leather,  still somewhat supple, these brogans are wearable if worn with care. Large handcut nails throughout, carved wooden soles framed with iron, stacked heels also framed with iron.  Grommeted eyelets. Laces are unmatched and early replacements.

    The distinguishing factor about this pair is that their history is written on the sole of one shoe.   Provenance:  Ex-Museum , donated "...by Solomon F. Linsley formerly of the 16th Conn."    9 1/2" heel to toe; 3" width across ball of foot; 5 1/8" high along back.  These are heavy shoes.

    Interesting to know ~ The brogan is a rugged shoe that rises only to the ankle. First designed in Scotland in the 16th century, the footwear was too high to be called a shoe and too low to be called a boot. It was the first "work boot", and was made for working men who could not afford full boots. Thomas Jefferson introduced the brogan to America. It was at the time of the French Revolution, when fancy shoes favored by French aristocrats led their wearers quickly down the path to the guillotine. A serious supporter of the French Revolution, Jefferson wore brogans to his 1801 inauguration as a political statment. They bonded him with the Revolutionaries in France. Called the Jefferson bootie, the style became popular. By the American Civil War, the Jefferson bootie became commonly called a brogan. It was worn by soldiers on both sides.

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