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Antique Alsatian Wood Shoes

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Antique Alsatian Wood Shoes

85.00

Le Sabot is a french wooden clog. Usually, when you think of wooden shoes, Holland comes to mind. But the art of making wooden clogs can also be found in the Voges mountains of Alsace, France. They were made by hollowing out a single piece of wood, most often popular found in the nearby forests. Sometimes, the shoes were decorated if the customer had the funds to pay for the artistic flourish. My aunt in Strasbourg still dons a simple pair of old sabots for working in her garden.

Sabots were mostly worn by peasants from the 16th to 19th centuries. Legend has it that the word “sabotage” became a term to describe the actions of disgruntled workers who willfully damaged workplace machinery by throwing their wooden clogs into the gears. In truth, sabotage is derived from a different French word but still makes for a great story.

This pair of fabulous sabots are beautifully carved and carry a worn patina and rustic red-brown color. There are no cracks or pieces missing. Excellent antique condition. I believe they would make a wonderful addition to your primitive collection. Certainly, they can serve a purpose sitting alongside your cookbooks or sewing books ready to hold tools at the ready. They have their original holes on each side in order that they could be tied together and hung on a hook ready to go. Today, they are best served as decoration. Way too valuable to wear in the garden no matter what my aunt says.

This is the finest pair I have ever found in my brocante searches. Ready to head to your home straight from my ancestral region in the Voges mountains of Alsace.

Approximately 8 inches long to the tip of the toe

3 1/2 inches at his tallest height

3 1/4 inches across at its widest point

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Le Sabot is a french wooden clog. Usually, when you think of wooden shoes, Holland comes to mind. But the art of making wooden clogs can also be found in the Voges mountains of Alsace, France. They were made by hollowing out a single piece of wood, most often popular found in the nearby forests. Sometimes, the shoes were decorated if the customer had the funds to pay for the artistic flourish. My aunt in Strasbourg still dons a simple pair of old sabots for working in her garden.

Sabots were mostly worn by peasants from the 16th to 19th centuries. Legend has it that the word “sabotage” became a term to describe the actions of disgruntled workers who willfully damaged workplace machinery by throwing their wooden clogs into the gears. In truth, sabotage is derived from a different French word but still makes for a great story.

This pair of fabulous sabots are beautifully carved and carry a worn patina and rustic red-brown color. There are no cracks or pieces missing. Excellent antique condition. I believe they would make a wonderful addition to your primitive collection. Certainly, they can serve a purpose sitting alongside your cookbooks or sewing books ready to hold tools at the ready. They have their original holes on each side in order that they could be tied together and hung on a hook ready to go. Today, they are best served as decoration. Way too valuable to wear in the garden no matter what my aunt says.

This is the finest pair I have ever found in my brocante searches. Ready to head to your home straight from my ancestral region in the Voges mountains of Alsace.

Approximately 8 inches long to the tip of the toe

3 1/2 inches at his tallest height

3 1/4 inches across at its widest point