The Real Reason Behind All Of Those Weird Features In Old Homes

Incredible | 3/25/20

Thanks to new technology, the world is a very different place than it used to be. There are relics from the past that still exists in our homes that we no longer have a use for (especially if you live in an older home). Newer homes aren’t built with dumbwaiters and cold closets and kitchen desks, although maybe they should be.

Keep reading to see some of the unusual details that you can find in old buildings, but not new buildings. Read on to learn about these antique house features and whether you can repurpose them.

A Boot Scraper

A metal boot scraper sits on the stairs of an Edinburgh home.

If you see an anvil-looking iron ornament outside someone’s house, you just might be looking at a boot scraper. These features started appearing in major cities in the seventeenth century. In some homes, tiny iron ornaments stick up in front of the door. Men would use them to clean mud off of their boots before entering the house. Today, they mostly injure unsuspecting people’s toes.

Boot scrapers, called “decrottoir” in French, came in many shapes and sizes.