Today we found on eBay this maybe little odd, but beautiful rare antique “Black, Starr & Gorham” sterling silver shoe horn with brush and leather sleeve. Features sterling silver shoe horn handle with broom grass bristle brush and leather protective sleeve. The handle is monogrammed “WR” in ornate script.
This antique silver shoe horn is still for sale on eBay and it makes great collector`s item.The handle is monogrammed “WR” in ornate script. Good antique condition, light tarnish and surface scratches to handle,some age/wear to bristles – see photos. Measures approx. 7″l x 3″w. The handle weighs 46g (1.6 ounces) Stamped on back Black, Starr & Gorham, STERLING, 99.
Shoe horn (sometimes called a shoespooner, shoe spoon, shoe schlipp, or shoe tongue) appear to have originated in the late Middle Ages or Renaissance. In English a “schoying horne” is mentioned for the first time in the 15th century.
Currently Martien Tuithof of the Netherlands holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection ofshoehorns.He collected 1594 shoehorns that he has amassed since 1977.