BOOTS and SHOES may be rendered impervious to water, by applying the following compost: take three ounces of spermaceti, and melt it in a pipkin, or other earthen vessel, over a slow fire; add thereto six drachms of India rubber, cut into slices, and these will presently dissolve. Then add, successively, of tallow, eight ounces; hog's lard, two ounces; amber varnish, four ounces; mix, and it will be fit for use immediately. The boots, or other material to be treated, are to receive two or three coats with a common blacking brush, and a fine polish is the result.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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