This Galluba & Hofmann porcelain tulip boot is the unusual large size, possibly the factory's earliest shoe mold (c.
1891). It is clear glazed with a cobalt wash front panel (the visual equivalent to pottery "flow blue") and has ornate C-scrolls
and gild detail. This boot would have served as the "formoff" model for the medium boot 1287. The absence of a mold number,
the lack of mold modifications, and the coloring all support a very early date of manufacture. This mold by convention should
be 1686 thus precedes the known mold sizes. (Wojtkowski pg144R1 and Table 2). The boot has large in-mold tulips at vamp bottom
and at the sides of the opening. Front of the boot is gently keeled. Condition report: gild is gently to moderately rubbed.
Heel has flaws of manufacture which only show on display as a small notch in back view. The heel apparently cracked in the
kiln and then re-fused in the high heat of the furnace (clear porcelain "ring"). Factory overglaze is present on heel (see
closeups). Size is 5.5 x 5.1, 4.9 oz. Item #1235, Price $55.
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