Antique Hand-carved Treen Shoe with Vine Design

Regular price $48.00

I love an old hand-carved shoe, whether in the form of snuff box or whimsy or vesta, which I believe is the case with this one, made to hold matches upright in its recess. And this one has a lot of character, with extra long toe and great hand-carved vine design wrapping the sides and heel. It appears to have been stained or painted a very dark brown, which has worn in a a few spots so to see the wood underneath. I would guess mid 19th century or so American on this one.

Of a good size at 5 1/8" l x 2 1/2" t x 1 3/8" w. There is some old loss around the rim of the opening on one side. some wear at the end of the toe and to the bottom of the heel, and a couple of old surface splits to the sole--all to me just adding to its character and making it feel as if it has done some good walking!