1. bootscrape (red)
Bootscrapes were used by travelers to clean their boots before entering a building. Bootscrapes were especially necessary because in those days of horses and carriages, there was more than just mud covering the cobblestone streets.
The bootscrape shown on top is the one by the rear entrance to Carpenters' Hall. The more ornamented one on the bottom is by the main entrance to the Hall.
Carpenters' Hall, 320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Open free to the public daily, except Mondays (and Tuesdays in Jan. and Feb.), from 10am-4pm
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