Lord Byron’s orthopaedic boot, England, 1781-1810

Made:
1781-1810 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Child's orthopaedic boot, reputedly belonging to Lord Byron, 1781-1810

Lord Byron (1788-1824) is a celebrated poet. He reputedly wore this tiny shoe. He was born with a deformed right foot. Byron’s foot caused him great pain and frustration. One story claims he threw his leg brace into a pond as a boy. Given the small size of the shoe (10cm long), this example was worn by a child. New leg braces and orthopaedic boots would have been needed as the child grew. This orthopaedic boot was secured around the shin with a leather buckle. It was worn with a metal leg brace. Leg braces support the weight of the body and encourage leg bones to grow in the correct positions.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1980-1119
Materials:
leather and metal
type:
orthopaedic boot
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • orthopaedic equipment
credit:
Sotheby's (New Bond St.)