This shoe horn may have been owned by George Washington. The practical tool, used to slip one's foot into a shoe, was carved from a single animal horn.


Shoe horn carved from animal horn; arched and hollowed at the broad end to form a curve that would correspond to the heel; a vegetable fiber, knit cord runs through a hole pierced in the base of the conical handle at the end of the shoe horn and is tied in a knot.





Horn, vegetable fiber


Overall: 8 in. x 1 5/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. (20.32 cm x 4.14 cm x 4.78 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1906

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Colors (Beta)

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