From the Collection

Boot Weather

An iron bootjack with rust discolouration that has a decorative design on the more narrow left end and the centre, and a wider "U" shaped opening on the right end, photographed on a plain white background

The humble boot, a winter staple, keeps your feet warm and dry.  When removing them, the first comes off easily enough – but the second can be a cold and wet experience.  Fortunately, our ancestors had the answer.  This 19th century bootjack from our collection (66.1.9)  demonstrates an approach to this problem – made of cast in iron, it provides both a dry location to add leverage and a hook for the heel.  Bootjacks are still being made and used today, but perhaps in fewer foyers than in the past!

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