Excellent Condition Civil War Period Childs's Boots - Grand Army of the Republic Hall Donation
Here is a Super Neat Little Pair of Civil War or Pre-War Cavalry Boots, once worn by a 10th Michigan Cavalry Bugler ! The soldier was Andrew Davis of Co. C who enlisted October 23rd, 1863. Evidently he donated them to be displayed in his local GAR Post after the war, as the old tag accompanying them says they were from a GAR Hall. They show evidence of Gold Paint embellishment around the toes and edges of the sole that likely confirm that Grand Army Display. However, they are very small and I really think they may have been his boots before the war when still a very young man. They are doubtlessly of the period though.
Both boots are in excellent condition to be as old as they are and show no serious damage. The vertical seam on the right side of the left boot is split about ¾ of an inch down from the top, and there is a tiny tear about ¼ of an inch long at the top of the back. The right boot has a vertical tear at the top of the back about ¾ of an inch long. The boots measure about 9.5 inches tall by 6.5 inches long. The soles are still nicely intact and show the method of their attachment very well. Just a Super Neat Little Pair of Civil War Period Cavalry Boots, quite likely for a child ! [L.L.]