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A beeswax pigmented with lampblack or other colors. Heelballs are used to make rubbings of brass inscriptions and to polish the heels and sole edges on shoes.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Cobbler's wax

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998