Originally Posted by Swan Song
Wow, love the hummingbird motif.
Can you explain the bootmaker jargan to a novice? I assume you are talking about the stitching.
Well, I think so--I've been taking on students for over 25 years. And I have written three books on making boots and am the webmaster of The Crispin Colloquy.
What jargon/words do you have in mind?
That's an elegant and beautiful Willie Lusk-esque flame stitch-pattern on two of those boot tops. Intentional? or coincidence? If you have seen my posts, I really like Evelyn Green's stitching for Willie Lusk back in the day.
Thank you! I won't say it was intentional because I have intentionally tried
never to copy another man's patterns. But there really is nothing new under the sun (the Greek key motif, for instance) and I probably saw something similar on an old boot somewhere along the line and it just sat inside my brain percolating and morphing until one day I sat down and designed the pattern you see. We call it "Prairie Fire."
I am one of the few makers in the US who makes the old style two piece "Full Wellington" boot out of real boot leather...not some soft old garment leather. In fact, one of my books is devoted to the style. So I have seen and handled lots of old boots and I make some styles that have the look and feel of boots that were common in the last quarter of the 19th century. the boots just above the Hummingbirds are pretty historically correct. they are full pegged and have the old coffin toe and the military heel as was common in that time period.
The humminbirds are a three piece style--with a backseam like the old Napoleon/Hussar style boots. This kind of Pee-wee was wildly popular in the nineteen-thirties and forties, however. Lucchese made a whole series of them in honor of the 48 states. They had a representation of state capitals buildings inlaid in them.
PS...for those who don't know...click on the photos and see them considerably larger.