Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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T.E. Moseley Co., Boston

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Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Footwear




1915-1920. High-laced walking boots. Dark purple glacé leather with a vamp (toe) coming to an oval point in front and extending in back to the middle of the arch of the foot. The quarters (back) are closely sculpted around the heel of the foot, emphasizing the ankle. The top has a center-front closed-tab opening with twenty pairs of metal grommets for lacing, closing over a fleece-lined tongue with a brown lace tipped with narrow metal aiglets. The tongue meets the level of the top of the lacing tabs. Perforated decoration flanks the lacing grommets and runs along the seam of the vamp and top. The continuous leather sole incorporates a leather-covered French/Louis heel. Lined with cotton, and with a band of leather at the top where a maker's label is stamped. The sole is stamped as well. Professionally made. Machine-sewn.


Length: 25.4 cm / 10 in.
Width: 7.6 cm / 3 in.
Heel height: 7 cm / 2.75 in.
Boot height: 20.3 cm / 8 in.


Foil stamped inside top of right boot, "T.E. Moseley Co., Boston", also stamped into leather of right sole but obscured by UNH ID label

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University of New Hampshire Library


Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

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The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.


Women's shoes (footwear), 1915-1920, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, High-laced walking boots, Glacé leather, Dark purple, Metal grommets, Shoe tongue, Fleece-lined, Lace, Brown (color), Metal aiglet, Perforated decoration, Leather sole, French heel, Louis heel, Cotton lining, Maker's label, Professionally made, Machine-sewn


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