Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Brand: Unknown
Circa: 1940's / 1950's
Color: Black
Size: 10EE
Length: 12 1/2"
Width: 4 1/2"
Soles: Biltrite Composition
Leather: Horsehide
Hardware: Brass / Double Rivets
Sold For: $1,082.33 / 12 Bids

Without the tag, it's difficult to determine the exact brand as a lot of parts and hardware were cross pollinated between a number of Engineer Boot companies back in the day. 

These can easily be Red Wing's or even Sears.  Either way, I kind of agree with the final price for a couple of reasons. 

The first reason is the lack of decent Vintage Engineer Boots being offered at auction even though everyone swears up and down their boots are "30's - 50's," made of "Horsehide," and are more rare than hen's teeth.  The reality of late  is that none of the boots offered recently are remotely close to being gems, but rather mediocre dime-a-dozen boots made of substandard split leather.

The other reason is the attractive wear and patina that only decades of use can develop. 

This obviously isn't a rare pair, but one of the nicer, classic-looking ones offered in recent times.

Here's an unknown brand with similar qualities and details that lead me to believe they are from the same company.