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Mid 19th Century
Sizes: 10cm high, 16.5cm long – 4 ins high, 6½ ins long (max)
2.5cm high, 8cm long – 1 ins high, 3 ins long (min) (double horn shoe)
This connection between footwear, luck and marriage still persists with the miniature silver shoe placed on the wedding cake, and the tying of a boot or shoe to the back of the vehicle in which the newlyweds commence their honeymoon. The ancient Yorkshire custom of ‘trashing’ also continues today where the congregation throws old footwear after the bride and groom as they leave the church.
It was the custom in Wales to carve and present the bride and groom with a pair of miniature shoes, sometimes solid and sometimes hollowed out, as love tokens to ensure the couple prospered in life. In Scotland the rare twin joined pairs of shoes are symbolic, proclaiming ‘we two are one’.
It has been said that cobbler’s apprentices made shoe snuffboxes as ‘passing out’ pieces and as woodcarving was an essential part of a cobbler’s trade, this is most probably true.