This brass stencil was used to mark the products of: “A. Seay & Son, Boot and Shoe Makers, Leakesville, N.C.”
The Raleigh Register publishes the following advertisement
March 9th, 1862
"The subscribers adopt this method of informing the public that they have established, and have now in operation in Raleigh, a manufactory of wooden shoes, which they can confidently recommend as the cheapest shoes now manufactured, and also as an article which will prove valuable and lasting. Their shoes are made of gum and poplar wood, and are lined and finished off with leather tops and ears. These shoes are lighter than leather brogans of the same number. They are impervious to water, and, while they will last a long time, they will also keep the feet perfectly dry. They will be found very suitable for railroad and field hands, and also for [???] and soldiers who are much exposed. The poplar shoes are very light, and can be easily worn by anyone.
The subscribers have also in operation of their establishment a machine for making shoe lasts, and they are turning out large quantities of this article so indispensable to shoemakers, at fair prices. They are selling their shoes at $1.75 per pair, wholesale, and $2 retail. Terms cash on delivery."
Inventory Number: CON 178 / SOLD