These Mysterious Home Features Used To Serve A Purpose Centuries Ago

That Tiny Thing Near The Front Door Is A Boot Scraper

In some homes, tiny iron ornaments stick up in front of the door. These are boot scrapers, which appeared in major cities during the seventeenth century. Boot-wearers would scrape the mud off of their shoes before walking through the front door.

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Nowadays, they only stub peoples’ toes.

Boot scrapers, called “decrottoir” in French, came in many shapes and sizes. Many include ornate spirals and designs, including animals. Usually, two boot scrapers would border the door at the end of a walkway. Perhaps you can still find an old boot scraper to use when it’s muddy outside.

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