INDIAN WAR KNEE-HIGH CAVALIER-STYLE BOOTS

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Item Code: 1043-115

A dashing pair of knee-high riding boots for a cavalry officer or trooper with a sense of style. These boots are a version of the “cavalier” style adopted by some cavalry officers that not only extend fully up the calf, but have a high rise to protect the knee that flares back to cover part of the upper bent leg as well. The leather, stitching and seams on this pair are solid, and the color is good, with just minor scuff marks. The heels are in place and not worn down. The boots have not settled around the ankle and still show off their height. The soles are sewn. The lasts had rounded toes and differentiated between right and left.

Since these are a commercial product aimed at the military market they could conceivably date earlier, but are most likely about 1880 when the trend for short, tailored tunics and high boots was in full-swing for mounted men in the U.S. military. They would make a great addition to an officer’s grouping or even that of an NCO, trumpeter or bandsman in the era of “spiked helmets and horsehair plumes.”  [sr]

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