A Compendium of Useful Information for the Practical Man/Boots and Shoes

Blacking, Recipe for


Three gills of vinegar, 4 oz. of ivory black, l oz. of oil of vitriol, l oz. of sperm oil, two table-spoonfuls of treacle, two table-spoonfuls of sugar. Put the oil, ivory black, treacle, and sugar into a bowl together, stir them up well, then add the vinegar. Let it remain two or three days before adding the vitriol; then bottle it, taking care to have the corks well resined. It is best to keep it six months, but it may be used directly.

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Water Soaked Boots or Shoes, Drying


When the boots or shoes become water-soaked, it is a splendid plan to fill them full of oats or barley, if at hand. The grain rapidly absorbs the moisture and, in expanding, prevents the boot or shoe from shrinking.

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