Antique Civil War Era Wood Shoe Last by Daniel Shoemaker Philadelphia
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a wonderful antique wood shoe last that is stamped on its side with “D Shoemaker 227 Callowhill St Philada”. Records show Daniel Shoemaker as having been a “lastmaker”, residing at 227 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, and having made shoe lasts from 1858 until 1868. The last is for the left foot only - unfortunately, I do not have the right foot last. It measures 11” in length, so was meant for an adult. It has a hole drilled through it at the back, I assume meant for hanging the piece, and one drilled into the top back, probably meant to somehow aid in working the last. The wood has been stained brown - the color of the original wood can be seen in the top hole. The piece is in very good condition with some defects to the wood, nothing unexpected for a shoe last of this age (please view the enlarged photos). This is an interesting piece of Philadelphia history.....