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Ladies of the Night?

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Catalog Information

Title
Ladies of the Night?
Accession Number
2017.031.0010
Type
Artifact
Gift of
Philip L Mandolare
Collection Title
Clarendon Artifacts
Collection Description
Artifacts found in Clarendon
Source
Phil Mandolare
Format Description
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Search Engine Type
Thing

These heel plates were found on East Tinmouth Road. The one on the far left is typical of heel plates worn by Civil War soldiers.  The two heart shaped heel plates would have been worn by women, the photo below showing an example of the same style heel plate on a woman's shoe from the Civil War era.  Whether the heart shaped heel plates had significance is debated by researchers.  Some say they were worn by prostitutes to signal potential clients. They have commonly been found at Civil War encampment sites which fueled the camp follower speculation.  Whether they were simply fashion or served a more colorful purpose in Clarendon we will never know. 

The heel plate shown at the bottom was found in Chippenhook.

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