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Discussion in 'Textiles, Needle Arts, Clothing' started by Katie Heath, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. Katie Heath

    Katie Heath New Member

    Hi there,

    We found the remains of a child's shoe whilst working on the house and I was wondering if anyone would be able to help us put an approximate age to it. The condition is really poor but you can see the basic construction in the photos. Grateful for any advice!

    Thanks :)

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    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017
  2. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Hi,
    Many years ago people built a house and added an old shoe to help prevent lightening from striking the house. My Grams old house built in 1684 found several old shoes in the walls. The only old things I found in my old houses was an 1905 dime built into a kitchen window in my farmhouse.
    greg
     
  3. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Well-Known Member

  4. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Welcome! :)
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  5. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    It's just the shoe sole? Not the shoe itself? So questions are... How old is your house? How long is it? Is the toe rounded or squared? (Hard to tell from photograph.) Does the stitching appear to be machine or hand done? How thick is it? And, it doesn't appear to follow the shape of a foot -- there's no narrowing for a heel, for instance. Is it the full sole or only half?

    Debora
     
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  6. Barn Owl

    Barn Owl Well-Known Member

  7. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    WOW - Look at all the brass nails used to hold the sole to the shoe!
     
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  8. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    What I suspected long ago... I need new glasses! From a quick internet search, I found that brass tacks were being used in shoemaking into the 20th century.

    Debora
     
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  9. Katie Heath

    Katie Heath New Member

    Thanks for all the replys! The house is in South Wales and we aren't sure on the exact age, but based on the fireplace it may be 17th century. I'm sure the shoe sole isn't that old but I'm just curious to know where it might fit in to the house's history. I heard that children's shoes were sometimes hidden beneath floor boards and under stairs to act as a decoy for any evil spirits entering the house.
     
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