Watt’s Patent, English, Beech lacquered wood, three piece, shoe or boot stretcher. What is now a novelty, patent late nineteenth century shape, having developed a beautiful attractive Antique Patination / Worn Surface Colour, and it still works !! One can use it !! It’s thread is clean and unencumbered. It is in very good condition, considering it’s life’s hard work. No damage, or repairs, to disappoint at all for those of us who want undamaged original Antique items for their collections.
This item comes apart in three pieces. At the end of the threaded turned section the round knop pulls off. This is allowable by the fact that the end of the turned threaded section is split into 4 equal sections and has a rounded champher on its top edge. The 4 split sections want to bend outwards enough to hold the rounded knop to push on, but also be retained enough to be stopped from coming off just as easily as it went on. Magic !! So say the rounded knop is say piece 1. The 2nd piece is say the turned and threaded section, which is threaded or unthreaded through the 3rd piece which is shoe shaped. Please see all pics.
There are several marks stamped into all three pieces. Please see all pictures.
Size overall sizes. The threaded and turned handle strut with circular knop at one end = 9,3/4” long The circular knop is 1, ¾” dia. The shoe shaped piece is 10” long and 2, 1/8” at its widest.