J. Bednal's Shoe Measure
Last updated: 21/01/2008
measures, sometimes known as foot measures or gauges, are wooden
tools used by shoe makers to measure customers' feet when determining a
shoe size and were often made of box wood. The measure illustrated
is undated and the only form of identification on it is the name "J. Bednal"
into the wood. As to its
age. The numbers show certain irregularities of spacing which suggest
that it was hand made and this, together with the form of numbers and
the general patina might indicate a date in the 19th century. Who "J.
Bednal" was and whether he was the maker or
owner (or perhaps both) of the tool is uncertain but he may have been
the man who founded the Sheffield firm of J. Bednal & Co. [See the "Bednall
This measure was purchased in May 2007 .
information on these Bednal/Bednalls and their work would be welcome.