Distinctive and rare as the teeth of hens, these boots were part of an impressive collection of Native American artifacts. The boots were made for a toddler and date to c1890-1910. They have the unique design of opening up in their rise. They have a line of the tiniest, hand made button holes and the tiniest mother of peal buttons, all original, that button and unbutton. Their beaded decoration ~ red, yellow, black and green flowers on the vamp and the boot rise, and edgings of red, white and green glass beads look to have been designed by the North Eastern Woodlands Indians, perhaps the Cree. And extending from the heel of each boot is a line of hide fringe. I have never seen this before.
The hide from which the boots were hand made is still soft and supple and in good condition. The boots have been worn, but gently so. There is soiling to the soles, honest wear patterns, and some soft surface rubbing and slender surface scratches, all anticipated. The glass beading is entirely present and accounted for. The boots measure 5 1/2" heel to toe, adding another 1/2" for the fringe popping out of the heel. The boots are 5" high adn 2 5/8" across the ball of the foot along the sole. What a terrific example of Native American handiwork, made for family members. Free USA Shipping, Handling, Insurance