Seeking help from anyone who can help identifying this object


takuman

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 13:22
Non photographic but this was in my late father's shed. Just puzzled by what it is, first thoughts is shoe last , but appears to fancy for that. Any thoughts appreciated.

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bforbes

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 13:50
mould for high heel sole?
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Lubbyman

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 14:03
It certainly does look like something to do with shoes or boots - try contacting Northampton Museums.

Any clues from your late father's job and hobbies?

Good luck.

Steve

Chrism8

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 14:15
I think it's called a Lath, used for making shoes to the correct size
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takuman

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 14:43
Thanks for answers suggested. No clues from Fathers past. There is what appears to be a patent number embossed on the side, have tried checking that without success. Best bet I think will be Northampton Museums (thanks Steve) they are closed due to Covid at the moment, I will follow that up eventually. Curiosity getting better of me. Stay safe all. Regards John
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Gwyn

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 16:19
It's a shoe last (not lath), for shoes with a heel.

Edit: or it may be called an anvil since it is for shaping the sole to the right angle. The last is more for the tops I believe. Ex-SIL was a shoe maker but she's not in touch anymore.
Last Edited by Gwyn on 26/04/2020 - 16:22

Chrism8

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 16:38
I'm no expert Gwyn, thanks for the correction
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Gwyn

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 17:02
I'm no expert either, I just remembered it is a last, not a lath. Easy mistake to make. It might make takuman's searches easier though.

Give it a light wax and it makes a good ornament or doorstop!

takuman

Link Posted 26/04/2020 - 17:05
Thanks again guys. I do believe that a Last was what shoes were (or are) repaired on, I seem to recall back in the day they came with 3 or four different sized cast iron "feet" one of which you placed inside the shoe requiring repair. Perhaps someone can clarify that.
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davidwozhere

Link Posted 27/04/2020 - 01:54
It wasn't only cobblers that had lasts. Many handy men of the house (like my dad) had one or two and generally used them to hold the shoe while a fresh heel was nailed on.
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takuman

Link Posted 27/04/2020 - 07:22
That's exactly what I remember my father doing. Usually sat on the back step.
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bforbes

Link Posted 27/04/2020 - 09:56
davidwozhere wrote:
It wasn't only cobblers that had lasts. Many handy men of the house (like my dad) had one or two and generally used them to hold the shoe while a fresh heel was nailed on.

Yes we had one. But it looks like there was a type with interchangeable "feet", which seems to fit in with takuman's example. link for sale on ebay
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davidwozhere

Link Posted 28/04/2020 - 00:01
Ye Gods but we are showing our age!
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MattMatic

Link Posted 27/05/2020 - 15:13
I suspect it's a manufacturer's shoe last (rather than repairer) and "PN" is "Pattern Number" (i.e. the model of the boot). Difficult to tell the scale, but a ladies' boot?

Not that I've seen that style before, but I reckon the two swing out bits are for left + right shoe/boot, with the chained block clipping into the side of the last to provide a 'stop' for forming the leather. Just a hunch.
It also looks like both 'arms' swing upwards and stay in place for the collar/shaft of boot.

(Grew up with shoe repairing & manufacturing machinery around me as my Dad repaired that kind of gear!)

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takuman

Link Posted 27/05/2020 - 15:52
Thanks for that, that looks promising. I do intend contacting Northampton Museums once they re-open. Your idea is best so far Matt. Thank you
John.
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