Last, Child's Foot Form
A striking treatment for a single last. Shoemakers' tools, lasts were wooden molds conforming to a person's foot that served as bases for new shoes being made by the shoemaker. This particular last was for a child.
Printed in green ink on one side are identification and size marks 81 and 6 1/2B. On the other side in the same green ink, a shield stamp showing a last and letters and/or numbers top and bottom, too worn to make out. Mounted on a steel and wood base to look stunning on a mantel, a book shelf or wherever you care to put it. Form: 6" toe to heel, 2" high at heel. Entire piece 6 3/4"H X 6 1/8"L X 2 3/4"D.
An interesting tidbit: The term for this shoemaker's tool comes from the old English word laest, which meant footprint. The earliest found last came from Greece c400 BCE.