Rare Early 18th Century Miniature Shoe Circa 1700 Apprentice Cordwainers Example
A fascinating little item from the late 16th early 17th century. This teeny leather SINGLE slip on shoe is absolutely ancient and very much reminds us of the look and feel of leather 16th century shoe soles discovered in the River Thames London. We think it too small for an infant, a little too large for a doll, unless of the Pandora fashion doll type; more likely a tradesman's sample or apprentice shoemaker or cordwainer's example.
Our tiny and exceedingly scarce example was hand made from very thick leather with finer leather being saved for the front vamp where it can be seen stitched over the top of the thicker under carcass. Having back seam with inner reinforced leather ankle piece and stacked leather heel with a double sole/ welt. The vamp has an attractive punched design of four inter connected flower heads. We adore the leather straight sole with its outer stitching and two floral impressed punch marks. The original stacked leather heel retains its six tiny iron nails. So much care and attention was lavished in the making of this minute, Lilliputian shoe.
Size: Long 3.5" (9 cm) by Wide 1 1/8" (2.5 cm) by 1.25" (3 cm) high
Condition: This is only one shoe. For its vast age the condition is very good with patina by the bucket load. This is such a tactile item that you will want to hold it again and again. The leather is 300 plus years old and so is dry, cracked and rigid. The stitching is missing from the topline, the original needle holes remain. There is a small area of damage to one quarter.
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