A wonderful display stand for your favorite witch shoes.
Circa late 1800s, this Victorian era shoe stand would have been used to display a pair of high-button boots in your local mercantile. Today, it is a beautiful collector's piece and a great addition to any Victorian, fashion or advertising collection.
Made of genuine wood (possibly walnut, but not absolutely certain), the attention to detail on this antique piece is astounding.
It starts with a simple shoe platform atop a turned finial and worn brass-finished findings, that lead to 2 fluted legs that sit on a scalloped wood base.
The legs meet the base by rosette-carved, wood blocks and there is a darling center ball for decoration and function, since the small slit in the ball's center would have been used to attach a price tag for the shoes being sold.
This shoe stand measures 23.5" high and the base measures approx. 8" long x 5" wide. It is just shy of 1" thick.
Each shoe platform measures 6.5" long and almost 1.5" wide, so it would be best for antique or vintage shoes (when feet ran a bit smaller).
The condition is excellent, keeping in mind that this piece is over 100 years old and served a functional purpose. There are a few condition issues to note. The veneer on one of the shoe platforms is no longer intact and there is a small crack in the veneer on the other shoe platform. These two cosmetic issues cannot be seen with shoes in place and it does not compromise the integrity of this stand. They are purely cosmetic and we have photographed these issues well for your evaluation.
There are scattered nicks and wear, commensurate with age, along the wood; and one of the legs could benefit from a tightening and/or adjustment since it tends to wiggle a little. (Not necessary for use, but being mentioned for accuracy.) Overall, it is a very lovely, quality-made, true Victorian advertising display.
Perfect for its originally intended use or as a decorative, architectural display.