These are men's riding boots, whether German or not I can't say, the design is still used today, and they show little or no sign of wear at all. The size also says 7 1/2, as in the British/American sizes as averse to the continental European size 42. As for the story, well......, who knows??
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Here is a similar pair of riding boots. They have European size markings and are identified as Helix brand. I have no idea if they are TR era (the consensus here was probably not) but they make a nice addition to a display. Your set seems to be post war as well - no idea on origin but not marked with European shoe size as stated. NH
Thanks Martin. I do think my pair is post war. I'm not surprised to hear Helix is still in business. So is Continental - the manufacturer of the rubber heel on my pair! The pair in the original post are very similar but have no markings. As others on this forum have said "buy the item, not the story." NH
How about e-mailing your photos to Helix and asking them for information on this particular style boot?
Yours are much better than the East German boots I've got, lol...
Glenn, Do you think Helix would get back to me? The pair I have are marked with some kind of award logo from 1937. I can only find importers of Helix on the web - not the parent company. NH
Here's the Helix Schuhfabrik GMBH email: helix-shoes.de
I think it's worth a shot...Other members have contacted various firms in the past and received responses, and asking is free!
Thanks Glenn - message sent! NH