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Cobbler's last
Cobbler's last

A pair of cast iron cobbler's last with a supporting stand. The smaller last was probably used for ladies and childrens shoes and the larger for mens. The lasts fitted into a hole in the support stand. They came from the croft of Mrs Mackay's father-in-law David Mackay of Birchwood 248 West Rearquhar. The stand measures 255 x 155 x 47mm
Picture added on 28 April 2009
I've just inherited 2 similar lasts as well as 20 pairs of ladies' (right and left)with a range of heel heights and 4 pairs of children's. They're marked with the maker's initials (AJK), numbers denoting size and, in the ladies', letters that I assume denote heel height. They're cast iron and, I assume, from the Victorian era, but I can't find anything about the makers. Has anyone got any idea? My mother's maiden name was Shoesmith, so wonder...
Added by Gill on 20 February 2011
My grandfather Aaron Josiah Jackson made Gills' lasts in his works in Bristol up until the 1930's. If you can email a photo I may be able to tell you more as I have an original catalogue.
Added by Tony Bawn ( mother was Jackson) on 29 January 2012
Tony, I tried to send you an e-mail but it's just bounced. Perhaps you could contact me and I can resend? It would be lovely to have a chat about these lasts. Gill
Added by Gill on 02 February 2012
How much is a 1930 cobblers last worth ?

Thank you for your comment. I am sure that you will be able to find out the worth of a 1930 cobbler's last online - Administrator
Added by Allen Morrison on 24 August 2014
Please can you send me information regarding cobblers last for a history project ~ I am afraid the only information we have is here on the image library. Sorry we could not be more helpful ~ Administrator
Added by Grant van Houten on 19 February 2018
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Tom and Isabella Sutherland in their shop c 1990West end of final block of the High StreetNo 7 and 8 High Street DornochSingle storey building Dornoch High StreetFirst block to the west of the LibraryConsignment Note W D & H O WillsJohn Player and Sons, Nottingham Delivery SlipFestive Season Fare 1935Early photograph of Dornoch High StreetLetter concerning postcard order