Antique French wooden cobblers shoe form keep or last


Shipping to United States: $39.52

A survivor of a bygone age, this cobblers shoe form would have been used in the shoemakers atelier to fashion Gentlemen's shoes in past centuries.
The shoe last is a truncated foot shape, it would probably have been used on the cobblers workbench to keep the shape of the leather upper as it was tooled, steamed and formed.
The timber is probably beech, and it has been incised with carved detail of lines and a double lozenge decoration on the front.
At the back of the piece there is a simply fashioned leather strap with a punch hole in it, for hanging the item up when not in use on the workbench. Under the instep is also a strip of leather to keep the piece from slipping on the workbench.
There are some areas of wear and damage, as this piece would have been worked with a hammer and other tools on a daily basis. In addition, there is a smattering of old dead worm holes, common in aged treen items from France.
A really delightful collectors curio, ideal for a curated display. The form is sculptural and it is a talking point.

Size approx L20cm, H9cm, W9cm

We have another one of these items in a slightly different design, listed separately, with chevron decoration in the carved detail.

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