These are a wonderful pair of antique ladies shoe shapers or stretchers dating from the early 1900s or possibly late 1800s, still in lovely condition and in working order! They would make a fabulous 'something old' gift for a discerning bride with a love of history and could actually help to prepare her new shoes for the big day!
- These came to me from the USA but their origin is unknown. However it's likely that they started life in France
- The stretchers are decorated with silk peachy pink ribbons and soft mint green ribbon trims which are then decorated with little flower buds
- The toe and heel sections are painted gold and suggest that these stretchers were a high quality accessory
- The condition is remarkable: however whilst the silk ribbon on the uppermost section is remarkably intact, inevitably with silk, there is some deterioration and this can be seen with the green ribbon and flower trim with some minor fraying and thread loss. The metal stretcher the ribbons cover is strong and appears to be in full working order and if handled from the ends, the ribbons life can continue to be preserved for years and years to come
- The main sections of gold paint are intact on the toes and heels. However there are some minor breaks and chips to the paint on one stretcher on the end where the metal bar joins the toe and on the other where the stretcher joins the heel.
- The stretchers measure 11.25" long and 1.75" at the widest point
If you're looking for a unique gift for that 'something old' that really is something different then these gorgeous pair could be for you!