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** See IDEAS below**
Actually, they make beautiful art, just being! Almost 60 years old. Very shabby chic. The wood has aged to a wonderful warm brown on one, the size 6 C. On the size 8 1/2B it is a warm yellow brown. (Yes, they are 2 different sizes.) The 8 1/2 has some cool circle marks in the bottom and some red strips on the ball of the foot. They feel like wood also so this part might be painted. Both shoe molds have lots of little marks, scratches, holes. The wood is heavy hard wood but has that soft feel of worn patina. There is metal with holes in the top where the ankle is and also metal in the heel on the bottom. Between the heal and the front, from the top , you can see a rusty metal round rod that probably runs the length inside both molds. (The white you see around the holes in photo 2 is where I stuck the dry, un-lit candles.)
And they have great old lettering on them in black ink. Both say ROGERS and the size in nice big print on one side. On the other side they each say, "Stewart & Potter, May 1952, United Last Co."
**Put them in a bowl with other objects that can change with the season (they could be one of Santa's elfs shoes or pilgrim feet, would look great with Old Thanksgiving postcards and candles) , by the front door or on a bench where the family leaves their shoes, make them into bookends, decorate for Halloween. I would have them sticking out from under something, you know like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz when the house landed on her! I think these could be really quirky as candle holders! I have paired one with an old narrow candle in photo 2. Look great with candles in them but if you were going to burn candles, would have to make the mold sit level. Use them in a quirky mixed media art project. Or my favorite, if you, like me, are a lover of a simpler time and old wood that remains, just use them as ART. Sit them on top of a stack of books. They are just plain unique and interesting. A reminder of a simpler time and a salute to the fellow artist, the cobblers. Would be super in a shadow box with some other vintage items, like clothes , shoes, or gloves.
*** SHIPPING OPTIONS : Since these are so heavy, the medium flat rate of $13.25, includes delivery confirmation) is best (does not include insurance, convo BEFORE checking out if you want it for $1.95 more ) Another option is parcel post and if you are in the eastern half of the U.S. and depending on how close you are to Tn, parcel post could be several dollars cheaper. Convo me with your zip and I can check.
If you are in another country , I do ship to you so convo me for a rate.
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