Here is something that harks back to early century!
These sock stretchers were part of everyday laundry.
If socks were not stretched out while drying they might shrink.
Stretchers like the ones were the best way of keeping socks and stockings the right size and shape after laundering. If they had holes all over to help air circulate so much the better.
The flat wooden legs, clad in long woolly socks, were hung from outdoor clotheslines or given a place to dry indoors.
Since long socks always used to be called stockings, or hose, these wooden leg shapes were originally called stocking stretchers or airers, but the name sock stretchers was more common by the mid-20th century.
They were used by manufacturers as well as at home & are such a wonderful decorative idea.
Size - 35cm total length top to toe.