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1915[medieval-leather] Re: Does anyone know?

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  • Ian Carlisle
    Jul 1, 1999
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      It is according to the sources I use. But there is no universal
      terminology unfortunately. Where did you find your reference?

      Ian


      > <Ian>
      > >BTW - I believe a "counter" is a heel reinforcement attached
      > >outside the upper, while a stiffener is stitched inside.
      >
      > Um, no.
      >
      > Counter (Backstrap/Heel Stiffener)
      > 1. A piece of leather or other material used as a stiffener or
      > internal reinforcement to the quarters (or the heel area). It is most
      > often sewn inside the shoe. In medieval shoes this is by means of a
      > whipstitch, leaving a scalloped effect on the leather, which is generally
      > invisible from the outside. Later, after the introduction of shoe liners,
      > these were inserted between the lining and outer material of the upper.
      > Even later they were stitched to the outside of the quarters.
      > 2. Some references seem to use this term to refer to any internal
      > reinforcement.
      >
      > (the problem is that there is a growing body of archaeological material
      > that uses the terminology different from traditional shoemakers)\
      >
      > Marc
      >
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      Ian Carlisle
      Artefact Research
      York Archaeological Trust
      01904 663034

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