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!