This children's sleigh dates circa the 1870s. 30 inches long, the little sleigh is all-original, with much of its beautiful stenciling still intact. What makes it really special is its shape. Nineteenth century children's sleighs sometimes came in novelty shapes, most frequently a swan; this, however, is the only one I've ever seen in the shape of a lady's shoe.
See the shoe? It forms the side of the sleigh, white with yellow and red outlining:
The sleigh has seen heavy use and was coated in coal dust from decades of cellar storage, but many beautiful details remain:
I've loaded the sleigh up with antique doll and teddy bear passengers, all ready for a ride: