Antique Boot Scraper – W.Cross & Sons
A lovely little antique, Georgian, cast metal boot scraper. Every home used to have a boot scraper by the door to remove mud and muck from footwear before entering the house. This is a little gem and in its former life would have been firmly set into the soil by the doorway. They are still very useful and hard to find in good condition.
We have left this one in the original condition, as we got it because it tells its story. It has the name of the makers on it, W Cross & Sons. They ran the Lyng foundry in the area of Lyng which had grown up during the Industrial Revolution on the outskirts of West Bromich during the late 18th to mid 19th century. W Cross & Sons not only produced boot scrapers but a wide range of domestic items including mincers, food choppers, stair carpet holders and latterly gas kettles. We also found a reference relating to a boiler explosion at the factory in 1891. You can also see the discolouration of where it was set into the ground and some wear to the scraper where over the years many pairs of boots and shoes have been cleaned.
Made in cast metal, this is an original piece of rural and industrial social history. A must-have for anyone who loves gardening, walking or lives in the country!
All measurements are approximate.
Measures: 31cms (h) x 17.5cms (w) (at widest point)