Riding Boot Inserts

A set of wooden inserts to keep the shape of a pair of military riding boots. The inserts come in four parts with a handle on the top of each for removing from the boots. The letters "L" and "R" are carved into the top and the bottom has a green felt lining.
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These riding boot inserts belonged to Major Robert Saxton Matthews, an Inglewood resident who was prominent in the military, serving in the Hawera Mounted Rifles, the South African War, the New Zealand Staff Corps and as an Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired in the 1920s and when he died in 1931 a Taranaki Herald obituary noted that "his kindly, courteous, and interesting personality will be greatly missed from this district where he has been held for many years in the very highest esteem."
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