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Object ID 000445

Object Name Whittemore's gilt edge dressing

Object Desc Shoe care kit in black box with gold label and red writing. Manufactured by the Whittemore Brothers Corporation that started in 1852. Kit is designed for ladies and children's shoes. Softens and preserves leather and restores color and luster.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000421a-e

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Shoes


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Augusta Hart Shoestore Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords polish,shoes,shoe polish,boxes,leather,footwear,cleaning,Whittemore Brothers & Company,

Title Whittemore's gilt edge dressing

Description The Whittemore Brothers Corporation was established in 1852 by David and Joshua Whittemore. The Cambridge-based company manufactured various shoes stains, including shoe polishes and pastes, meant for the treatment of leather footwear. By the early twentieth century, the firm expanded its line of products to include Cleanall, a detergent created to remove grease from fabrics, automobile interiors, and fenders. By 1930, the Whittemore Brothers Corporation employed over 150 people in its Albany Street factory (Stone, 1930). Lid comes off, inside; a wooden stick with material at the end, blackened by the polish. Thin metal rod with a tough hair-like end also blackened. Thin metal rod with yellow cap, end has white dense fiber.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6.75

Length 1.75

Width 2.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details CMY421c (wooden brush) 4.5 inches long, 1.25 inches at its widest. CMY421d (metal cleaning tool) 4.25 inches long, .5 inches thick. CMY421e (metal with yellow cap) 3.5 inches long, 1 inch diameter of cap. (Note: Boxes dimensions above, box is CMY421a & b).

Quantity 1



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Place of Origin

Maker Whittemore Brothers Corporation

Maker Details is for ladies and children's shoes.softens and preserves leather and restores color and luster.Produces the blackest color the finest and most durable lustre. only gloss dressing containing oil. soften leather. mfr Whittemore Bros. & Co Boston Mass. U.S

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY421a-e



Date FEB 27,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Katie Wells

Notes Wear on edges of the box some exposed cardboard. stain streaks on the front right. The wooden stick with material at the end, blackened by the polish, CMY421c very blackened handle, glue like residue on back of brush. Thin metal rod with a tough hair-like end also blackened, CMY421d, very dirty with polish, used as a cleaning tool. Thin metal rod with yellow cap, end has white dense fiber, CMY421e, lid has black polish on it, some scratches on yellow painted cap.