We recently found cobbler’s tools tucked away in the covered-up second floor fireplace in Bradley House and two "beetle" boot jacks in a closet.
From our website research (thanks, Wikipedia) we learned that a
, sometimes known as a
, is used to help remove boots. It consists of a U-shaped mouth that grips the heel of the boot, and a flat area to which weight can be applied. Place the heel of the boot in the mouth of the jack, then stand on the back of the device with the other foot, and pull the foot free of the front boot.
The boot jack allows the wearer to pull his foot straight up and out of the boot, using full body weight for leverage. It also keeps the wearer from handling the boots if they are dirty, or having to behind over to take off his boots. The U shape of the jack is formed by artistic elements, such as the horns of a steer, antennae of an insect or snail, or other, often humorous or whimsical, designs.
This cast iron double-head boot anvil was used for shoe repair. The cobbler’s iron stand has three sizes of iron shoe molds that are inserted into the top of the stand.