PLATE IX

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S BUSKINS

FROM A DRAWING BY THE AUTHOR

ONE of a pair of riding-boots, or buskins, of elegant shape and excellent workmanship. They are made of soft leather of a rich brown colour, stitched with white thread; the heels, covered with leather of the same colour, are of wood, and are 3 inches high; the soles at the thickest part are ¾ of an inch; a continuous layer of brown leather covers both heels and soles. The entire length from the base of the heel to the toe is 7 inches. The legs are open at the sides and are pierced for lacing; their total height is 18 inches, and they are lined with fawn-coloured silk some five inches from the tops: there are four holes on the instep of the buskins, through which a cord or ribbon would be passed to draw the latchets together, to which probably a rosette would be fastened.

These buskins, which undoubtedly belonged to Queen Elizabeth, are in perfect preservation, and are kept among the treasures of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.