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Title: Concealed Shoe

Title: Concealed Shoe

Collection Name: Odds and Ends
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Period or Date: 18th Century
Object Type: Artifact
A concealed shoe was often hidden in the foundation of a house or a chimney to protect the occupants from evil forces such as demons, ghosts and witches.

This shoe was found under the floorboards of a Duxbury, Massachusetts house while renovating the kitchen. The house was built 1710.

A Northampton, England museum has a collection of concealed shoes. If you find a concealed shoe, it is very important to document the exact location of the shoe in it's environment before moving it. Unfortunately, this shoe was removed from it's location before documentation.

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