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Object ID # 1959.010.013ab
Object Name Boot
Other Name Boot, Child's
Title Chil's Boots
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1890s?
Made Bettner's Sons factory
Place of Origin Not yet determined
Description Pair of child-sized, button-up style boots that are shiny black with white kid uppers and black edged, each with a black tassel. One of the buttons is attached to one of the button holes because it was loose inside the boot. The boots were manufactured by BETTNER'S SONS, and "5-E 82444" is stamped inside. (a&b). Six shiny black convex buttons do up towards the side. 12 cm high, 15.5 cm long, 6 cm.
Makers mark "BETTNER'S SONS", and "5-E 82444" is stamped inside one of the shoes. There is also an address line, but it is hard to read.
Provenance These boots were manufactured by Bettner's Sons, a factory that was located at ..... The boots were previously owned by Maggie Beckett (nee Cook). Maggie and Grant Beckett were married on Dec. 29, 1926. She had a connection to the Keady area of Grey County, Ontario. Her maiden name was Maggie Cook. She passed away on July 11, 1982. She had a twin sister and she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Cook.

Perhaps the boots belonged to someone in the Cook family. The 1901 T. Eaton catalogue shows that six-button, do up at the side kid leather boots, (called shoes at the time) were available then. However, the illustrations do not show any that have the black top edge and decorative tassel. Perhaps these boots are a bit older, from the 1890s.
Collection Textiles, 20th-c Clothing Collection, Child Unisex/Unknown
Material Leather/Metal/Thread
Dimensions H-12 W-6 L-15.5 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Beckett, Grant