Tap shoes used by Sammy Davis Jr.

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This pair of child's tap shoes were used by Sammy Davis Jr. when he travelled the vaudeville circuit as part of the Will Mastin Trio. The shoes have black leather uppers and close across the center front over a split vamp with a tongue using black cotton shoelaces tipped with plastic or leather aglets. The leather outsoles are machine stitched to the midsole and the uppers as in a welted shoe. Rubber heels are adhered to the soles. Stamped onto the bottom of the heels is a "W" inside of a shield with the word "WINDSOR" below the shield. Metal toe taps are nailed to the outsole and metal heel taps are nailed to the rubber heel. The heel taps have an open area in the middle so that the manufacturer's mark can be seen on the rubber heel bottom.
Topic
African American
Actors
Children
Clothing and dress
Tap dancing
Vaudeville
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Manufactured by
Windsor Shoe Company, American
Used by
Sammy Davis Jr., American, 1925 - 1990
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
leather, rubber, cotton, and metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (Left (a) overall): 3 × 2 5/8 × 7 11/16 in. (7.6 × 6.7 × 19.5 cm)
H x W x D (Right (b) overall): 2 7/8 × 2 3/4 × 7 9/16 in. (7.3 × 7 × 19.2 cm)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Place used
United States, North and Central America
Place made
Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
1938
Type
shoes (footwear)
Object number
2013.118.302ab