Cobbler's bench

Object Number: 
1930.29
Date: 
1825-1860
Medium: 
Pine, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 1/4 x 48 5/8 x 24 in. ( 71.8 x 123.5 x 61 cm )
Description: 
Black painted pine cobbler's bench with leather upholstered seat with molded back on proper left side; drawer below seat; flat work surface with two small rectangular partitions at right above shallow drawer, with deep drawer below; deep, narrow drawer on end; turned legs; leather shoe parts, nails, and approximately forty cobbler's tools in drawers.
Gallery Label: 
Good practice of any trade requires a suitable workspace and access to tools. This mid-nineteenth cobbler’s bench has both. This bench provided the cobbler with a space-saving platform to make and repair shoes. In addition, once finished, the cobbler could seat clients at the bench to assess the accuracy of their work and make final adjustments. Attributed to North Haven, Connecticut, this bench came to the New York Historical Society in 1930 as a gift from Samuel V. Hoffman. Although not on display, the bench’s multiple drawers and till box still contained over forty tools and a small stash of leather shoe parts that were likely saved for future commissions that never came.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Provenance: 

Thorp's Antique Shoppe, Plainfield, NJ; to Samuel V. Hoffman for the New-York Historical Society.

Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group