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Title: Spat
Identifier: 2008.1.12.1-2
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1900-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A pair of medium brown spats or overgaiters, size 9. The spats fasten with four medium brown buttons that go through a machine stitched buttonhole. The buttons sit about one inch apart. Each spat is made out three sections sewn together with top stitching on the outside seams and along the edges. The opening edges, where the button and button holes sit, are reinforced with brown tape. A similar tape reinforces the edges and inside seams of the spats. Both spats are missing the leather straps but the buckles remain on both. "9" is marked in red on the inside of both spats.

Spats were stiff fabric covers that covered the top of ones shoe as well as the lower section of ones leg. Spats were worn by both male and female and were worn by the upper-class up until World War I. Short spats, like these, were worn by females and were very popular during the early part of the 20th Century.
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