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Elephant boot

This canvas and leather boot was made for Jumbo the elephant.

In 1959 students from Cambridge University organised an expedition, to re-trace the route used to invade Italy by the military commander Hannibal in 218 BCE. He took 38 elephants; the students took Jumbo from an Italian zoo who managed to walk most of the route in 1959.

The boots and a canvas cover were made by Lotus, Northampton.

The elephant boot is on display in the curved case in the shoe gallery.