An incredibly rare and early pair of doll shoes and pattens dating from the 18thC.
These little shoes measure 6cm long and 2cm wide at the widest point.
These were certainly made for an early wooden doll.
The shoes are made from a soft leather which was once elaborately painted, some of this pattern still survives and it is lovely to see, the interior of the shoes is a soft pink leather and they have very sturdy leather soles. Apart from a very tiny hole at the back of one shoes these little treasures have survived in surpisingly good condition. The leather is still soft and strong.
Now what makes these little shoes even more special is that they come with their original pattens, I have never ever seen doll sized versions of these.
Pattens were wooden shoes made to wear over the more delicate shoes so that they would not be damaged when walking through the mud.
So the pattens have carved wooden soles and thick leather uppers which are nailed to the wood.