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  • Item Category: Antiquities
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 01, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

ABOUT BOOT JACKS: A Boot Jack, sometimes known as a Boot Device, is a small tool which aids in the removal of boots. It consists of a U-shaped mouth which grips the heel of the boot, and a flat area to which weight can be applied. To operate it, the user places the heel of the boot in the mouth of the jack, stands on the back of the device with the other foot, and pulls his foot free of the front boot. The process is then repeated until both boots are removed. The boot jack has several advantages over the removal of boots by hand. By allowing the wearer to pull his foot straight up and out of the boot, and by using his full body weight to hold the boot in place, far greater leverage and a much more secure grip are possible than can be achieved with the hands. In addition, the wearer is spared the inconvenience of having to bend over or sit down to remove the boots, or directly handle them if they are dirty. The function of the boot jack can be approximated with a variety of other objects that may be on hand, ranging from a convenient piece of furniture to a rifle butt, but these generally cannot remove the boot as easily as a proper boot jack. Additionally, the sole of a boot still being worn can also function as an improvised jack, but the disadvantages of this last system are readily apparent.

ABOUT THESE BOOT JACKS: If you have a copy of The Cowboy Boot Book, Text by Tyler Beard, Photographs by Jim Arndt, youâe(tm)ll see a small collection of early bootjacks on page 32. The ones in the book come from the collection of Tom Bailey and Tyler and Teresa Beard. In fact some of the ones that Iâe(tm)ll be listing were purchased directly from fellow collector and pal, Tom âeoeW.T.âe Bailey. we have two very interesting âeoemechanicalâe boot jacks. The largest, has a simple mechanism that when you step on the pedal the jaws grasp the heel of your put allowing a strong grip as to whatever size of boot the particular wearer had on. The second was for travel and allowed the owner an easy means of packing their boot jack in a suitcase.

SIZE: The largest (Mechanical Model) measures 14-3/4 inches long x 5 inches at the widest point and the âeoeTravel Modelâe measures 8-1/4 inches long x 3-3/4 inches at the widest point (when extended). Weight for both is approximately 3 pounds.

CONDITION: Neither of these came from Tomâe(tm)s collection. The large bootjack is in perfect working order, but has had the spring and the small piece of wood the keeps it at an angle replaced by the previous owner. T are also some some cracks in the bottom piece of wood, but the piece is still solid as a rock with many years of use ahead of it âe" all cast iron parts are still perfect. The travel model is in perfect working order and is comprised of cast iron and a small brass button. Our reserve is very reasonable, (below $149) for the pair. Check out the other items we have listed at this time.

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