This old boot warmer would have been attached to the top of the woodstove. Just slide the wet boot on top and it would be dried from the onside out. This is a very solid piece weighing just over eight pounds. It stands 14 1/2" tall and is seven inches at its widest point.. I've never used it to dry boots but to keep windows open, doorstop and general conversation piece. It is, however, a completely useless deterrent to the creation of cat sculpture.
Thank you for looking.