Collecting souvenir shoes was extremely popular during the late Victorian period dating from the 1880's into the 1900's. They were made of all kinds of materials including brass, glass and wood, however the majority of them were made of porcelain and came from Germany. They were shipped to all of Europe and the Americas to be sold in the hotel shops and department stores. Here are two beautiful examples, each with hand decorated details and a few words to the "receiver" of the souvenir. Also, on the bottom side you will see the the numbers "45" imprinted on one and "46" on the other; these were numbers assigned to the artist who did the hand painted details for the company that produced them. You will notice that on the one shoe there is a hairline crack; please be assured that this was not broken and put back together, it is simply a crack and it hasn't compromised the piece. Other than that they are both in beautiful condition and measure 5" in height, 6" in length, and 2" in width.
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