Shoe last was carved from single piece of wood and has top flattened and cut out, probably to accommodate top portion of shoe last that is not included. Last has hole through heel, presumably to pull last out of shoe with cord. Bottom of shoe has very many tiny wooden pegs driven into cracks in last. It is unclear whether shoe is cracked because of pegs or pegs were inserted into already existing cracks. Text from handwritten label on object: "This shoe last belonged to Botsford Comstock who came to Texas in 1852, first settled in Washington County, afterwards in Brazos County near old Booneville." Tag on shoe last says it belonged to Botsford Comstock who came to Texas in 1852, first to Washington County and then to Brazos County, near old Booneville.
L. 28 x W. 8.5 x H. 7.5 cm (L. 11 x W. 3.3 x H. 2.95 in)
Place of Origin
Brazos County (Tex.) ; Washington County (Tex.)
Artisan or Artist
wood ; shapers, shoe
Materials Facet -- Materials (Hierarchy Name) -- materials (matter) -- biological material -- plant material -- wood (plant material) ; Objects Facet -- Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name) -- Tools and Equipment (Hierarchy Name) -- equipment -- shoe trees
Tools and Equipment for Materials -- leather, horn and shellworking tools and equipment -- last -- last, shoe
tools and equipment -- shoe lasts
Tools and Materials for artisans and artists
Texas Memorial Museum Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Local Resource Number
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
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