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*Important Antique EDWIN CLAPP & SON, Est. 1825, SPADE SOLE, Cir.1935: 42,5C

[English below]                                                                          Artikel: CDC113EC
Edwin Clapp & Son
East Weymouth, Mass
Antique 6-Eyelet "Spade Sole" Full Brogue Wing-Tip Oxford
Circa 1935
Euro 360

Diese "Spade Sole" Full-Brogue stammt aus einem der ältesten amerikanischen Schuhmacher-Firmen: Edwin Clapp & Son. Clapp begann seine Geschäfte als Textil-Fabrik im 1. Viertel des 19. Jahrhunderts, produzierte Uniformen wärend des Bürgerkrieges, überlebte Feuer und Pleiten und blieb, meines Wissens, bis 1969 in Betrieb. Im 20. Jahrhundert stand der Clapp-Schuh lange für puren Luxus, galt als Gipfel der Schuhmacherkunst und wurde sowohl vom gut-gekleideten Bonvivant, als auch in Geschäfts-und Prominentenkreisen getragen.

Auch wenn wir vom Jazz sprechen, vom Leben in New Orleans um die Jahrhundertwende, soll der grosse Jelly Roll Morton (aufgezeichnet 1938 in der Library of Congress) folgendes gesagt haben: "Ich habe nicht geruht, bis ich endlich einen Stetson und ein Paar Clapp-Schuhe mein eigen nennen konnte!" Clapp verkaufte seine Schuhe durch regulären Handel, hatte jedoch auch zwei eigene Grosshandel-Läden in New York.
 
This excellent Spade-Sole Full Brogue can be dated to the first third of the century and was made by one of the earliest American shoe making firms, the Edwin Clapp firm of East Weymouth Mass. Clapp began it operations as a textile mill in the first quarter of the 19th century, provided uniforms during Civil War.  After surviving a catastrophic fire and a subsequent bankruptcy Clapp transformed itself in the middle of the century into a shoemaking operation and remained in operation, to my knowledge, until at least 1969.  For much of the early 20th century, the Clapp shoe was synonymous with luxury and considered the pinnacle of the shoemaker’s craft. Their products were favoured by musicians and other celebrities, businessmen, and well dressed men of leisure.  Jelly Roll Morton, speaking of jazz and turn of the century life in New Orleans, remarked in a 1938 recording now preserved in the Library of Congress, “I didn’t rest until I got myself a Stetson hat and a pair of Edwin Clapp shoes". Clapp sold its products through regular trade channels but also operated two retail stores of their own in New York.
Size/Grösse: US 9,5C........UK 8,5D.......European 42,5C, for the somewhat narrower foot.
Condition/Zustand: This shoe is entirely original with it Spade-shaped Goodyear welted sole sewn into a channel and "skived" over, as with other fine hand-made shoes. This technique is used in the highest level of shoemaking. The soles show minimal wear. The heels, also original, show only the first trivial rounding. The tops do present a few trivial nicks at the toe and heel and some superficial checking at the little toe area, otherwise these shoes are excellent and quite astonishingly well-kept for their age. These are a wearable museum piece, a collector's item of the highest order. 
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