Edge iron tool. Finishing department, shoe manufacturing

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Date:1900 - 1930 (c.)

Description:Edge irons are used to set the edge of the sole, to smooth it and imprint a desired shape on it. This process is done by running the heated tool, under pressure, along the edge of the leather sole and welt. Edge setting also has the purpose of sealing the fibres against water and so preserving the shape and appearance of the sole edge. From a Stafford shoe factory.

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Image courtesy of: Staffordshire Museum Service

Donor ref:P1292365.tif (37/17717)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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