18th-19th Century Children's Clogs from Lancashire


These 18th-19th century children's clogs from Lancashire are comprised of wood, leather, and metal. They measure 7" in length and 2 1/2" at their widest. The hand-carved wooden soles and heels have metal reinforcement. The edge where the sole meets the hand sewn leather portion is ornamented with hobnails around the entire perimeter of each shoe. These had an additional use of fastening the leather to the wood. There is a floral design of cut steel on the top of each shoe, and each strap is fastened with a button.

Please note the overall condition of these shoes in the photos and please do ask if you'd like more photos or information as I'll be happy to oblige.

The Lancashire Clog was a folk dance popular throughout Europe and particularly in Ireland and Northern England. I believe these clogs to be late 1700s, early 1800s as the soles are still comprised of wood, which was used less frequently when leather replaced wooden soles in the early 1800s.

The term "clog" is used for any wooden soled shoe and does not have to be the slip-on type of shoe that one typically envisions when they hear "clog."

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