Moonsocket Rubber Boot Salesman Sample
This little metal boot which is only about 2 ½” tall has been in my family for years, just sitting on a shelf and no one seemed to know a thing about it other than it was “cute”. On its side is engraved “Moonsocket Rubber Co.” So, recently I did a little research and found that it was indeed made by the Moonsocket Rubber Co., which used to be in Moonsocket, Rhode Island, near Providence. The company at one time was the largest manufacturer of rubber boots in the world.
This little boot was made in approximately 1897 and was a “sales tool”. It’s base, which unfortunately is missing, was a little silver painted square that was engraved with the words “A match for you, but none for Moonsocket”. Underneath the metal square was a striker for the matches that the little boot could hold, which weren’t many as in those days matches were wood and this little boot could only hold about three matches.
It’s worth? If it had the silver colored plate to sit on the set could be worth approximately $100 plus dollars to a collector. Without the plate….? Who knows. Maybe half that.