Very Fine EDWIN CLAPP, Est. 1825, Fine Alligator Norweger, Circa 1950:42.5D
Edwin Clapp & Son
East Weymouth, Mass
3-Eyelet Split-Toe Norwegian
This excellent Alligator Norwegian can be dated to the first half 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 panicle of the shoemaker’s craft. These soles are hand-sewn into a closed channel; on a par with the finest level of bespoke workmanship.
Clapp’s products were favored by musicians and other celebrities, businessmen, and well dressed men of wealth and leisure of the time. 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 Details:US 9.5D........UK 8.5D.......European 42D, for the medium width foot. Die Grösse: (9D US)...... (8E UK).........Europäisch 42D, für den mittelbreiteren Fuß.
Superb, all original and in extra fine, near new, condition. One of the finest examples of an Alligator shoe in the collection and far superior to almost any such modern shoe both in terms of construction and materials. Original flannel Travel Bags included.
Ausnehmend gut. Der Oberschuh: exzellent, kein sichtbare Fältchen, nahezu ungetragen. Das Leder und die Nähte sind geschmeidig.
Innenschuh: Perfekt sauber und keine Abnutzung an der Innensohle.
Unterschuh: erste triviale Spuren, Absatz: keine nennenswerte Abtragung an den (ersetzbaren) Gummi-Einsätzen.