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    Hi Guy, Many thanks indeed for that piece of info. Shouldn't have a problem getting it here - lots of horses around (and pet shops). Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue1 View Post
    I contacted the Museum in Northamptonshire as advised by Julie - they have been so helpful. It would appear I am not keeping them in the correct atmosphere and they would last longer if there was some air circulating around them!
    Very windy here at the mo - perhaps I should put them in the garden ................. it is also raining and "some" moisture in the air is helpful to preservation.
    They (Northampton) also sent me a picture of an almost identical pair of boots albeit in much better condition than the ones we have which they have in their museum.
    did they say how old they would have been Sue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy View Post
    You need to feed the leather you can get leather feed at saddlers and pet shops
    Dubbin?
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    They're coming to take me away haha hee hee..........

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    Dubbin - that rings a bell from many years ago - something my father used on shoes - ?waterproofing - not sure.
    The museum didn't say anything about the age because I had mentioned the rough age they were i.e. my father-in-law was born in 1904 - probably wearing boots in 1908 - he was the oldest child so probably (almost certainly) the first child to have the boots - he was the oldest child, and unlikely to have been worn by the girls - the last two children of all of them were also boys but for some reason the boots were given to my husband's mother who passed them on to my husband because he was the only one interested in family history. We worked out that they were probably worn by him in 1908 which actually makes them 100 years old this year (I had thought 104 but, presumably, he wasn't born wearing them). They are a lovely thing to have, especially as my husband barely remembers his father - he was 6 when his father died. We have a photo of him as a child and I am pretty sure he is wearing the boots.
    Although they have some wear on the soles and heels, they also look as though, possibly they have been repaired.
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    Cracking pair of boots. Hope they get sorted.
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    Thanks James - will get the stuff recommended - was in town the other day and forgot. Sue

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