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Mar 5, 2008

Aglets, What's that?

Did you know...
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
These aglets keep the shoelace ends from fraying, thus
making it easier to lace the shoes.
Aglets have been around since the 8th century or even as early as the 5th century.
At one time aglets were made from metal, glass or even stone and were
highly ornamental. The first agets were used on the ends of ribbons to fasten clothing together. This was of course before the button and buttonhole was invented.
Then in 1790, a gentleman by the name of Harvey Kennedy invented the modern
shoelace and by 1791 all shoelaces came complete with aglets on the ends.
The first shoelace aglets were made from stone and tin. The wealthy had aglets made from
precious metals such as gold and silver up until the 19th century. Plastic aglets came into
use at the turn of the 20th century. Agets can be changed to your liking.

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