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I have this pair of early boots I'm trying to identify.  When I got them they were incorrectly labelled as WWI German boots, but upon closer inspection, I believe them to be early American boots possibly as old as the Civil War? 


Can I please get some help with identifying them? Thanks!



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I'll comment, they do resemble civil war boots I have seen, I cannot say for certain they are though. The condition for one seems exemplary for something that is 160 years old. Also not sure about the upper strap at the top of the boots. I have not seen those before. Maybe they are just vintage riding boots? Would be best for more opinions. The civil war is not my area of expertise when it comes to equipment.


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You might reach out to forum member RayG.  He's very knowledgeable on early Army uniforms.  Please post your findings as we have very few posts on early footwear.


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To me these appear consistent with post-Civil War boots.  From what I understand, CW-era ones have more of a squared toe box, which was rounded in later models.  Excellent pair!






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Most CW boots do not have a defined left and right, yours do.  I would agree with Red Devil on the toe box as well.  This was a very common style of boot in the 2nd half of the 19th century, so tough to call them military unless you find contract markings inside. 




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Thanks for the comments! 


I didn't see any contract markings but I will look again.


I'm glad to have gotten at least some info on these. 




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