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Patten

Object Number: 
2425
Date: 
1650-1750
Medium: 
Wood, metal, silk, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. ( 7 x 22.2 x 9.8 cm )
Description: 
Wooden patten set upon a metal circular guard; the upper is pointed at the toe and the heel, and there are two leather straps which tie together with red silk ribbons to secure the clog over a shoe.
Gallery Label: 

Pattens were platforms that raised the shoe a few inches from the ground. The most common patten after the seventeenth century was made from a flat metal ring that was rivited to a piece of wood and then strapped to the underside of a shoe, such as with this example. This unwieldy and loud contraption served to raise the shoe out of the mud or a dirty street, thus keeping ladies' satin slippers and the hems of gowns clean.

Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group