Large Antique Solid Brass Beetle Shaped Boot Jack | Shoe Remover Unique Vintage Home Accent
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「Features」 · Vintage boot jack · Cast in solid brass · Shaped like a stag beetle
「Style Inspiration」 This unique piece makes quite a statement as it is large in size and heavy in weight. The solid brass was cast into the shape of a stag beetle with a textured shell, legs, and long horns. It was originally made as a boot jack but could easily be used as a door stop, fun decor, or a paperweight.
「History」 Boot jacks were used for hands-free pulling of your boots. They traditionally consist of a V or U-shaped mouth that grips the heel of a boot and a flat tang on which the other foot is placed for weight and balance. Boot jacks save the wearer from bending over and allow for the swift and easy removal of dirty footwear.
We can't be sure how far boot jacks go back in history. Early forms were made of hand-carved wood and were used in almost every ranch and bunkhouse in the West. By the early 1900s, cast iron was the popular material, with brass used on occasion. During WWI, simple forms were used by the military to pull off muddy riding boots.
「Dimension」 9.5" L x 3.75" W x 1.5" H
「Condition」 Good vintage condition. No cracks or signs of damage. Heavy patina consistent with age, but it adds to the wonderful patina!