Featured old shoe salesman samples ?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by charlie cheswick, Jul 3, 2023.

  1. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    odd little charity shop find from this week

    thinking they must be old salesman samples ?

    one is leather the other solid wood (with a hole)

    both 2 1/2 inches

    any thoughts appreciated

    shoe1.JPG shoe3.JPG shoe5.JPG shoe6.JPG shoe7.JPG shoe8.JPG
  2. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Maybe they are for puppets ? I like odd little bits too.
  3. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Doll shoe with one of those shaper things?
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  4. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    How cute and well made:woot: it may be an apprentice piece, made to show his skills!
    The wooden one is the form which must go in the shoe, should have a string in the hole in order to pull it out for removal IMO:)
  5. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Now why didn't I think of that !

    Thanks kyra, does indeed fit

    How cool is that :)
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  6. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    I think the wooden one is a shoe last, and the leather, a real shoe..........probably European.
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  7. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    I had a pair of the shoes at one time. They had a higher boot. Construction was much the same. Very sturdy and well made. The person I purchased them from said that they came from Europe..........

    I just looked to see if I still had them, but I think I must have sold them some time ago. I held onto them for quite a while fascinated by how well they were made and how different they were.
  8. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info Judy

    Be cool if they came with a miniature cobblers anvil as well ! :)
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  9. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    A miniature cobblers anvil would display very well with your treasures!:cat:

    Hopefully you will get more thoughts.
  10. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    I'm with johnny - I think they look like puppet shoes.
  11. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    The leather one's a killer piece,poss 1850's ? That one should whet an antique clothes collectors appetite.
    The puppet,doll,kiddies are all fine theories.A salesman's sample from the Beau Brummel era cobbler would of course be the most lucrative-but how the h would you document that ?
    PS-Agree w/ Kyra,looks the the wood shoe forms a match,make an interesting little shadowbox display (w/an Ambrotype of a Shoe Model !).
  12. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I was thinking precisely about that age as well bosky

    Did have a Georgian/ early Victorian shoe snuff box that looked in the same vein
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  13. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I got the same vibe,Beau Brummel to early Dickensian.
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  14. Chinoiserie

    Chinoiserie Well-Known Member

    They had small feet back i' day...
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  15. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    I personally think it's a fairy shoe :hilarious:. Those are both the most adorable, nice find I would have grabbed them too!
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  16. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I like Ms. Beattie's solution-beatitudes to you !
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