|Mid 1920s mascot of a running man in spurs, known as Seven League Boots. Bronze or nickel silver plated. 6.75 inches high, manufactured by the Austrian company Dit Mar. Ditmar were a well-known producer of children's toys and radiator mascots of the period. |
The Seven-league boots are an element in European folklore. The boots allow the wearer to take great strides, seven leagues each step resulting in great speed. The boots are often presented by a magical character to the protagonist to aid in the completion of a significant task. A league is three miles, so seven leagues is 21 miles. The idea arose from the practice of horse-messengers having their boots only touch the ground every seven leagues when changing their tired horse for a fresh one, this would explain the spurs however this guy is missing one.