Welcome to my educational Wednesday post! I've acquired many new readers lately here at Mitzi's Miscellany, and I'd like to explain the goal of my Wednesday educational series. On alternating Wednesdays, I introduce a vocabulary word related to the antiques world that will help you become a more knowledgeable shopper when you are out in the field. On the other alternating Wednesdays, called "Show and Tell Wednesdays," I show something from my collection or one from one of my favorite resources that is somewhat unusual and give a little information about it. The goal is to make the hunt for antiques and collectibles a fun endeavor, because knowledge is power! The more knowledge you have, the more you will avoid costly mistakes like buying repro items, and you will also be able to spot valuable items in with the junk!
Our item for today is a bench. We all know what a bench is, but the proper name for this is a "boot jack bench":
A boot jack bench has a distinctive end piece like you see below. It resembles a "boot jack", an item that assists a boot-wearer to remove ones boots.
Here is a vintage boot jack, which indeed resembles the end of the boot jack bench:
Photo Credit: Jebab.US
Not all benches are boot jack benches, of course. You can impress your friends when you spot one and call it by its proper name.