Crispin and Crispianus

By hollar. A shoe shop in the 1640s. A very oily salesman tries to sell some shoes to a female customer whilst a pair of supporting artists in the background do some stuff with what looks like a shoe tree.

Here’s a close up of the lady. Is she impressed with his sales technique, or his splendid falling band?

The salesman. He’s being quite free with M’Lady’s bare foot I feel.

And the background action. What exactly is he holding? Answers on a postcard please.

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2 Comments to “Crispin and Crispianus”

  1. Q:What exactly is he holding? A: Sliding ruler

  2. It looks very similar to a foot measure.

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