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Even though Cinderellas glass slippers do not exist, there are numerous types of blown, pressed, colored, clear, frosted and decorated glass slippers, shoes and boots that are of great interest to collectors.
Such charming footsies, as some prefer to call them, were produced in different sizes and were made as novelties, souvenirs, vases, drinking glasses, bottles, inkwells, spoon holders, salt and pepper shakers and perfume containers, as well as holders for candy, matches, bouquets, condiments and thimbles.
Thimble holders, which are scarce, were fashioned like tiny backless or high top shoes, and some rare examples measure but 1/2 inches high or long. There also were little glass shoes and slippers made to hold pincushions.
Of special interest are the desirable glass shoe shaped hand lamps which date from about 1869. The fonts of such lamps, which are shaped like a shoe with an applied handle at the back, were fitted with a kerosene burner made to hold a chimney shade. Such lamps are extremely rare.
Some shoe lamps have been found in clear glass, while at least one has been found in an olive green color. Some are marked Patd June 30, 1869 on the base and Patd Dec. 10, 1867, Venus on the collar, while others are marked Pat. April 19, 1875 or Pat. Mar. 21, 1875 on the collar, which indicates the collars were patented, and perhaps improved, at different times, whereas the lamp itself would have been patented in 1869.
There were numerous other patented glass shoes, too, which include painted slippers with a white lining made by the New England Glass Co. March 23, 1875, as well as 4 1/4 inch long and 2 inch high open bootees made to hold a shoe shaped perfume bottle marked Pat. Oct. 19, 86.
Other examples were milk glass slippers decorated with colored roses marked National Export Exposition, Philadelphia 1899 on the base. centennial.
Other desirable glass slippers, measuring 6 inches long, were produced in a pressed daisy and button design, and were given as souvenirs at the play
The Crystal Slipper in 1891 and are so engraved on the bottom. If you find one, it could be worth between $50 and $75.
Many glass slippers and shoes were embellished with the pressed daisy and button pattern and included examples produced in three sizes by George Duncan Sons of Pittsburgh, with the buttons, bandings and heels flashed in red on the clear part of the pattern. Bryce Bros., another Pittsburgh firm, also produced glass slippers in the popular daisy and button pattern, some of which came mounted on a tray with a fish scale pressed design. Such examples came in blue, amber, yellow and crystal.
Not all shoes were slippers. Some were boots as well as moccasins, baby shoes and booties, bedroom mules, Dutch clogs, oxfords and Victorian high button shoes. Heels on such footwear differed, too, and included high, low, Cuban, spiked, curved, straight, rounded and flat examples.