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Title: Spat
Identifier: 2008.1.11
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1900-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A pair of dark grey felt spats for the instep and ankle. Spats fasten with four grey snaps, 3/4 inches apart, and have a black strap that goes under and around the sole of the shoe. The spat is made out of three sections in which its edges are finished with two rows of top stitching. Inside seams and outer edges are reinforced with narrow grey tape. The leather strap has four punched holes while the buckle is made out of nickel. An indecipherable marking can be found on the inside of the right spat.

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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