Very nice original Glass Candy Container Miniature Boot Glass Candy Container- "Wales Goodyear"- dating between 1900 and 1915. The item is Blown In Mold manufacture style (BIM); a unique clear glass figural buckled shoe/boot, measuring 4” long x 2 1/4”tall x 1 9/16" deep, having a 1”wide opening with a ground top. Embossed on both sides of shoe side is “Wales-Goodyear”. Excellent condition!
A little reference about the history of the Company: The Litchfield Rubber Co. moved to Naugatuck, Connecticut in 1847, and the name was changed to Goodyear's India Rubber Glove Mfg. Co., as it began to manufacture rubber gloves for telegraph linemen. It was the only company in which Charles Goodyear, inventor of the rubber vulcanization process, is known to have owned stock. By 1892, there were many rubber manufacturing companies in Naugatuck, as well as elsewhere in Connecticut. Nine companies consolidated their operations in Naugatuck to become the United States Rubber Company. From 1892 to 1913, the rubber footwear divisions of U.S. Rubber were manufacturing their products under 30 different brand names, including the Wales-Goodyear Shoe Co. The company consolidated these brands under one name, Keds , in 1916, and were first mass-marketed as canvas-top "sneakers" in 1917. These were the first sneakers .
Condition: Great condition
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