Queen Elizabeths Buskins

from a drawing ey the author

ONE of a pair of riding-boots, or buskins, of elegant shape and excellent workmanship. They are made of soft leather of a rich brown colour, stitched with white thread ; the heels, covered with leather of the same colour, arc of wood, and are 3 inches high ; the soles at the thickest part are \ of an inch ; a continuous layer of brown leather covers both heels and soles. The enti-e length from the base of the heel to the toe is 7 inches. The legs arc open at the sides and are pierced for lacing ; their total height is 18 inches, and they are lined with fawn-coloured silk some five inches from the tops : there are four holes on the instep of the buskins, through which a cord or ribbon would be passed to draw the latchets together, to which probably a rosette would be fastened.

1 hese buskins, which undoubtedly belonged to Queen Elizabeth, are in perfect preservation, and are kept among the treasures of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.


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