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Object ID # 1959.030.003
Object Name Bootjack
Title Cast Iron Bootjack
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Made Unknown foundry
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Boot jack made of cast iron and wood. The cast iron "U"-shaped area of the boot jack is nailed to a wedge-shaped wooden board that has six nails. The cast iron was moulded with some embossed-like decoration, but no lettering. The board has a thorough hole near its end for affixing the the bootjack to the floor, or for hanging it up. No maker's identification on the piece.

Provenance The foundry of origin is not identified. There is a possibility that it was locally-made, as Owen Sound had foundries in the 1850s+.

Owned by Henry Van Dusen (b. 1837?-d. 1920) of Brooke (Brookholm), the northwest area of Owen Sound, Grey County, circa 1914. He was the grandfather of Olive McDonald and the father of Mrs. George A. Ducker. His name is seen spelt differently in various sources, i.e. "Vandusen" and "Van Dusan". The Van Dusen family were U.E.L.

Last owned by his son-in-law, George A. Ducker.
Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Iron/Wood
Dimensions W-9 L-42 cm
Found Brookeholm, Owen Sound and Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
People Vandusen, Henry