Mindum Shoe Horns

This shoe, or shooing, horn, was crafted by Robert Mindum in 1613. It is a carved piece of ox horn, engraved with variety of floral and geometric stylized motifs. About nine inches long, the piece is inscribed along the outer edge ‘ROBART MINDVM [sic] MADE THIS SHOOING HORNE FOR…IANE [sic] HIS WIFE ANNODOMINI 1613,’ and the piece is etched with a Tudor rose topped with a crown, a small, round flower encased in a circular band containing diamond shapes, and a stylized tree with large, symmetrical leaves. The narrow end of the horn contains swirling geometric patterns and scales. Shoe horns were often given as gifts and became necessities during the Renaissance due to the rise in popularity of

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