Pair of Pattens

English, late 17th c.

Wood, iron, leather. I don't know why I bought them: they're not beautiful, they're not useful and I bet nobody collects them. But they do give us a glimpse of 17th-century life. Pattens kept ladies' shoes and their long dresses out of the mud and dirt (euphemism, think horses, dogs, chamber pots) of the streets. Pattens were worn from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century. These are a specifically 17th-century, English style. Exceptionally good condition. Laces lost. No restoration.

9-3/4" l x 3-1/2" w x 1-3/4" h.

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