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Foot Chains
circa 181-1831

Content Description: 

Silvered steel foot chains, identified by Colonel Frederick P. Todd as "Sherryvallies Keepers." See Oxford English Dictionary unabridged p. 687. These chains passed the arch of the boot or shoe with both ends fitting over a button on each side of each leg of the Sherryvallies to keep them from riding up on the legs of a mounted rider. The segment of chain that passes beneath instep of boot shows distinct signs of wear and abrasion. Portion of Fiske uniform 49.20.19. From uniform of Col. John M. Fiske of Chelmsford, Charlestown & Boston. He entered state service on 16 March 1818 as Lieut. in the 5th Reg't 1st Brig. 3rd Div. Promoted to Colonel 16 Aug. 1824. Resigned commission 10 Aug. 1831.

Physical Description: 

Steel, silver. max. 1:16 3/8" (41.5 cm.); max. w: 1/2" (1.2 cm.)
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village