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RARE ELIZABETHAN SHOE HORN BY ROBERT MINDUM

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RARE ELIZABETHAN SHOE HORN BY ROBERT MINDUM
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RARE ELIZABETHAN SHOE HORN BY ROBERT MINDUM

RARE ELIZABETHAN SHOE HORN BY ROBERT MINDUM

 

Inscribed: THIS IS FRANCIS HINSONS SHOING HORNE GYVEN BY MARGREAT SMITH AND ELSABEATH SMITH AND MADE BY ROBERT MINDUM

 

Circa 1600
Stock Number: AC5343/115
Height: 8 ins / 20.32 cms
Price: SOLD

This is one of just 23 fascinating shoe horns by Robert (or Robart as he invariably signed himself) Mindum, which have all been catalogued online by Wayne Robinson – A catalogue of shoe horns made by Robert Mindum 1593-1613 (a link to this can be found on the web site at the bottom of the description for this item).

Wayne Robinson, who lives in Australia, has also had the opportunity to see this shoe horn in the flesh and has written a very detailed description of it and extracts from this are used in our description, and again a link to this will be found on the web site.

The shoe horn, made from the inner curved side of a cow’s horn, pale for most of the length but darkening at the tip. There is some wear to the curved wide end, removing the last part of the design and inscription, including the surname of the first donor, but there is good reason to believe that this is also Smith.

The tip has been turned back to form a hook and there may be some damage to the tip as at some point it has been spiral bound in a fine fabric strip.

At some point, something heavy has been placed on the shoe horn, resulting in delamination running into a semi-circular crack leading to the edge on the left side, the other end of the delaminated section has split out along the line of the decoration. A small chip is missing, taking some of the border pattern with it. The delamination has been skilfully repaired with two tinned or silvered iron rivets. An attempt has been made to align the parts of the decoration but due to internal stresses in the horn, the edges of the crack are now out of line.

The inside of the horn has been highly polished by use, probably from the woollen socks or stockings of the period. The initials EG have been branded into the back of the horn, the letter forms are much more recent than the inscription, and may be the initials of a later owner.

This horn has three primary fields separated by two bands of scrollwork, the top two fields are narrower than the lowest one, and are surrounded by the inscription. The top field contains a fleur-de-lis with arabesques filling the spaces; the second a chain work scroll. The chain surrounds a label displaying the year 1600, the lower middle link supports a medallion bearing a flower, the initials E R (Elizabeth Regina) appear above and to either side of the medallion. The bottom field is the full width between the outer borders, and contains a series of overlapping arches, looking somewhat like fish or armour scales.

This is only a short extract from Wayne Robinson’s full description and I would certainly recommend taking the time to go to the web page and follow the links through to his pages.

For recent auction sales of Mindum shoe horns see:
Sotheby s New York 4 April 2007 lot 126 sold for $20 400 (including buyer s premium).
Rowley’s Newmarket 22 July 2010 lot 38 sold for £8 800 (excluding buyer s premium).

Comparative Literature:

Wayne Robinson Francis Hinsons shoing horne
https://leatherworkingreverend.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/this-is-francis-hinsons-shoing-horne/

Wayne Robinson A catalogue of shoehorns made by Robert Mindum 1593-1613
https://www.academia.edu/20393370/A_catalogue_of_shoehorns_made_by_Robert_Mindum_1593-1613

Wayne Robinson Mindum s shoehorns – a study of method
https://leatherworkingreverend.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/mindums-shoehorns-a-study-of-method/

Geoffrey Trease London A Concise History London 1975

Joan Evans Shoe Horns and a Powder Flask by Robert Mindum The Burlington Magazine London November 1944

Paula Hardwick Discovering Horn Guildford 1981 p.62.

The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. Vol. 85 No. 500 London November 1944 pp.282-284

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