Shoemaker's welt trimmer

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Date:1950 - 1960 (c.)

Description:A shoemaker's hand tool, used by a Stafford shoe manufacturer.

The tool is placed over the edge of a leather sheet and drawn along to cut out the welt strip.

The welt is a strong piece of good leather sewn around the lasting margin of the upper, and joining it to the insole. The sole is then stitched to the welt by a second seam. It helps to improve the strength and waterproofing of the join between sole and upper.

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Image courtesy of: Staffordshire Museum Service

Donor ref:97.040.0163 (37/17714)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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