This is such a wonderfully original little item, so unusual to find a miniature shoe complete with its original wooden shoe maker's last. In fact this is the smallest example we have seen that is complete with its last! This is not a dolls shoe, it was made as a singular shoe by an apprentice shoemaker/cordwainer during the mid 19th century.
This is just one of a very rare collection of apprentice piece miniature leather shoes...see last images, each retailed individually, most likely each made by the same Victorian apprentice.
This miniature leather 'Prince Albert's shoe' shoe was made in England circa 1855. This tiny shoe would have been made by a young apprentice cordwainer (shoemaker) as a means of demonstrating his craft. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is fantastic. As much work has gone in to the making of this small shoes, as that of making the adult size version. The shoe really is scaled down perfectly from an adult’s shoe. The lovely brown glace leather and wooden last have the most wonderful natural patina. Whoever made this boot was clearly a talented craftsman in the making. This is just one of a rare collection of apprentice piece miniature leather shoes...see last images, each retailed individually.
This is the ideal miniature for anyone who has a passion for fashion, dolls or miniature antiques.
Measuring: Width 2 5/8 inch (6.5 cm) by height 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm).
Condition: Some drying/loss to leather around the opening of the shoe, light wear to leather tip and a small chip above the stacked leather heel.
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RAREST English 19th Century Apprentice Shoe, TINY Miniature Shoe and Last Made by A Cordwainer Circa 1855
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