Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ye Olde Chimney Shoes Or Concealment Shoes ~ a little history..

It was the custom way back in the 1500's or so in Europe to place an old worn out shoe or maybe another article, near an opening of a newly built home , most often a chimney.

The tradition was thought to ward off evil spirits. Oh course, the churches frowned on this pagan belief, so in the most part, was kept secret.

This belief was carried over here to America. Shoes and other articles such as a child's wooden toy, spoons, coins, etc. have been found.

Shoes that have been found during renovations or of tearing down of old homes and buildings were mostly children's shoes and secondly, women's shoes.

So, if you are ever fortunate enough to renovate a historic home, you just may find an old concealment shoe or other articles.

Archaeologists say to photograph the shoe where you discover it and to please keep it or give it to a museum. I , for one, would probably have to keep it in its place. :o) Since I am part Pennsylvania Dutch. :o)

The shoes I have made, shown above, are available on TDIPT Mercantile this month from a pattern by Dee Duncan.

Enjoy your day and don't walk under any ladders and don't open an umbrella in the house and if you spill any salt, throw it over your it right or left shoulder ? Heck, I forgot !

And when you are walking with a friend or relative, do not split any poles .. you both have to walk together around it. I could go on and on..



  1. Hello Linda, so interesting, thanks, love reading about old customs. Have a wonderful day, Blessings Francine.

  2. Morning Linda...what a wonderful history lesson...I knew this but it's always fun to be refreshed.
    Your shoes are just awesome...great work.



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