My mini collection of miniature shoes. They sit on my decoupaged chest that held my Father’s paints. Interesting that the Elfinware shoes have forget me knots on them and are on a postcard of them, who knew! Not the world’s best photo but a hard one to capture with my handy dandy iPhone 7!
My collection began many, many years ago with the wooden snuff box given to me by the amazingly talented Beth Levine when she visited Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago with her Beth’s Bootery Collection, which was exclusive to the Store. You will read her story in tomorrow’s Fashion Flashback post. She collected these extraordinary boxes and created a shoe, in brown leather with gold detail I adored them, (wish I had a picture to share with you) that I owned and gave to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Fashion Resource Center, an extraordinary Collection under the supervision of the brilliant Gillion Carrara www.saic.edu
A close up of my snuff box. My photo.
The two photos found on Pinterest, credit unknown. The shoe above is what the front of my actual Beth’s Bootery shoe looked like. A good look at the slide that opens to reveal the container for your snuff.
The two images above are inlaid with mother of pearl. Pinterest photo credit unknown.
Isn’t this a beauty inlaid with silver and the compartment flips up to reveal your snuff! Pinterest photo credit unknown.
My favorite of all the wooden shoe snuff boxes…isn’t is a wonder, so very tiny with all the intricate carving…I want it! Pinterest photo credit unknown.
My Mother collected Elfinware and we found many, many pieces at various prices, some quite expensive and others unbelievably “cheap”, all special to Mom and to me, do we see a post in the future…probably! Made between 1920-1940 in Germany to look like Dresden the items were quite inexpensive (much like Jadelite and Depression Glass when they were introduced) and have become collector’s items. Be sure to check out the Randolph Street Market www.randolphstreetmarket.com this weekend, July 29 and 30 from 10 to 5, you might find a piece of Elfinware or a shoe collectible or whatever strikes your fancy!
I have, over the years, given away several of Mom’s pieces to friends who wanted a token from her collections. My photo.
One of my favorites, a Limoges snuff box, again featuring forget me knots, Interestingly I don’t have any “shoes” with lily of the valley…I’ll have to look for one! My photo.
I am partial to this piece, it is English porcelain and the largest of the collection. It has the look of Imari, don’t you agree….a charming manipulation of clay to form the ruffle on what to me looks like a shoe bootie! My photo.
A similar piece found on Pinterest with handpainted flowers. Photo credit unknown.
As is my custom, here is a book for you to expand your knowledge, if you are so inclined, of the wonderful collectible world of snuff boxes. What you say, you don’t do snuff, well just think of them as beautiful objects that you can admire, perhaps put your aspirin in one or two of them! Enjoy….