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Roller Skating Ensemble, Germany, ca. 1899

3a antique roller skate ensemble 18991 antique roller skate ensemble 1899

The Belgian Jean-Joseph Merlin first demonstrated his special shoes, under which he had mounted two wheels, in 1760. However, roller skating did not become popular until 100 years later. In 1866, the first public roller skating rink opened in the USA. In 1880, there were 40 roller skating rinks in Paris alone, and as many as 70 in London. We haven't found any figures for Germany, but roller skating was also very popular in Germany, as this very rare ensemble shows. It may have been worn around 1899 in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt or elsewhere. The ensemble consists of a straw hat, top with club sleeves, corduroy skirt, Diehl brand black leather boots, and roller skates. The skirt has a few minor holes. It was worn often and with pleasure. The leather straps of the antique roller skates appear to have been partially repaired. Subtle signs of age and wear in the top, more obvious marks in the shoes. The brooch is not included in the delivery.

Bust: ~ 80 cm
Waist: ~ 60 cm
Length: ~ 140 cm

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