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Shoemaker character jug produced by Crown Winsor of Longton, England, circa 1985. A Shoemaker is in the profession of making footwear. Originally shoes and boots were made one at a time by hand, often by groups of shoemakers. In the 18th century, dozens or even hundreds of masters, journeymen and apprentices would work together in a shop, dividing up the work into individual tasks. A customer could come into a shop, be individually measured, and return to pick up their new shoes in as little as a day. Everyone needed shoes, and the median price for a pair was about one day's wages for an average journeyman. A boot and a shoe form the handle of this jug.
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