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Ball and Ring Bunion Stretcher

From the Collection of Mont De Lancey 71 Wellington Road Wandin North Victoria

Description
Cast Iron ball and ring bunion stretcher.
Size
40cm x 9cm
Object Registration
3101
Keywords
boot stretchers
Historical information
Bootmaking is a complex process requiring a variety of tools.
The leather is cut to shape, glazed & burnished (polished) with heated irons. The pieces are stretched onto, & nailed to, a wooden last to form the boot. Once attached to the insole, the boot is finished on a metal last. Uppers are stitched with waxed thread through holes made with an awl. Heels comprise pieces nailed together & neatened with a heel shave.
Metal plates, short nails or hob nails driven into the sole & heel, often in a pattern, improved durability.
Made By
G. Barnsley & Sons (Maker)
Last updated
22 Jul 2019 at 10:24PM