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Bootmaking Equipment

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

Cast iron Heel plate. Miscellaneous Sole plates. Hobnails and a tin of wooden sprigs.
Hell plate: 7.5cm 8.5cm Wooden Sprigs: 1.5cm x 0.3cm
Object Registration
bootmaking tools, nails
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.
Last updated
8 Jul 2019 at 1:07PM