American Bathing Boots
Early 20th century

From an 1877 patent application by Cornelius C. Clayton:

“In this class of shoes it is desirable that the article when completed shall be light and of such material as will speedily dry after being used in the water, and at the same time the sole should possess considerable elasticity and yet sufficient firmness to resist the effect of pebbles” *


Calf-length boots, black cotton with ‘leather’ calf tops, laced and trimmed with red wool twill tape, sole (possibly cork) with canvas covering stamped with the number 4 (size) and brand name Linker’s?
The marking on the base has shoe size 4, FANCY PET ? and a brand name LINKER'S PHILA  (Philadelphia )9 1/2 in or 24 cm.


Sole discoloration to the beige cotton and some wear to the ‘leather’ calf tops.


* 193077

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