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Lasts

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

Description
2 x wooden Lasts (Adult size) with metal screws.
1 x cast iron Last (Child size) with holes in base and a removable elevated top.
Size
Wooden: 26cm x 7.5cm Cast Iron: 18cm x 4.5cm
Object Registration
3098
Keywords
bootmaking tools, boot lasts
Historical information
Wandin Thomas Sebire JP (1867-1960) learnt boot-making as a young man. In a small workshop on his property in Sebire Avenue, Wandin he made boots for family, friends & neighbours. He also repaired boots & made other small leather articles.
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.
Inscriptions & Markings
Wooden: Size 6 (80)
Cast Iron: Size 9 D
Last updated
2 Jul 2019 at 11:35AM