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Object Name Shoe sole
Catalog Number 0985.09.00015
Description Sole of a shoe carved from one piece of pine with rounded toe. No uppers. Insole recessed to allow attachment of upper. The heel is 1 inch high and is not a separate part. A metal horseshoe cleat is attached on the bottom of the sole with five large nails which come through on the insole. The heel cleat is missing with three nail holes evident. A handwritten history is written on a label attached to the bottom of the sole with another sticker "60" on top. Another label "Iron rimmed sole of a Wooden Shoe worn during the war between the states" is attached to the bottom. Men's size 6. In ink on insole is written "Wooden Ballom (sp?) Shoe used during the war".
Dimensions H-1.75 W-3.25 L-10 inches
Made North Carolina, CSA
Provenance The iron rimmed shoe sole is a typical example of home produced items "equivalent" to scarce consumer manufactured goods in the South during the war.

"Iron-rimmed sole of a Confederate wooden shoe worn during the war" (1905 Catalog)
Search Terms ersatz
Subjects Footwear
African Americans (tentative)
slaves (tentative)
slavery (tentative)