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Object Name SHOE
Catalog Number 0985.13.00493b
Date ca. 1861-1865
Description Right shoe of a pair (2) of brown shoes in a near Brogan style with missing laces. Uppers consist of two-piece cotton canvas cloth, with double row of stitching; the same lining is tacked into the soles; no insole. Reinforced leather heel cup (hand stitched) covered in the canvas. Opening has been edged with ΒΌ inch wide black painted canvas trim. Exterior black leather toe caps. Three lace holes on both sides; wooden sole with 1/2 inch heels. It appears to be hand made.
Dimensions H-4.5 W-3.5 L-10.75 inches
Owned John W. Jones
Provenance This pair of shoes was made at Buchanan, Virginia during the war. A syndicate of gentlemen made the shoes at Buchanan for the Confederate soldiers to wear. One of the members of the syndicate was John W. Jones, a grandson of Gabriel Jones of Culpeper County, Virginia. Gabriel Jones carried out the first company of "minutemen" from Culpeper County during the American Revolution.

Supplies of leather in the south quickly dwindled as it was used to make thousands of cartridge boxes, belts, horse equipment such as saddles and harnesses, boots, holsters, and a myriad of other items. For shoes, cloth and wood often served as substitutes for leather.
People Jones, John W.
Subjects Footwear