Flickrfan: 18th c Shoe (concealment shoe – composite)

October 17, 2009

18th c Shoe (concealment shoe - composite), flickrfan, concealments, shoes colonial, customs 18th, century, shoes rocky, hill, ct, connecticut,photo by Steadyjohn on FlickrFan Stan's site licensed under Creative Commons

Photographed by Steadyjohn

This is a composite of the next three photos in the stream. Oct 11, 2009

Scanned from film Oct 11, 2009 Old worn out shoes were often used as "concealment pieces" to ward of evil spirits. They are sometimes found between the walls of 18th century dwellings. This shoe was found in a house in Rocky Hill CT.

Imagine that you live in very old house. You decide to start a restoration project. You rip open a ceiling, or remove a window. What do you find? An old, worn out shoe. Who would put a shoe in the wall? – you wonder. And why?

You have just stumbled upon a "concealment" shoe– the ancient custom of hiding a shoe in a house in order to protect it from harmful spirits.Read more…..

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