Buckle shoe with detachable buckle

Made in England, 1761.

This buckle shoe was probably made in 1761 for the coronation of George III, in the style imitating the previous coronation of 1728. The shoe with detachable buckle comes from an important collection of footwear and shoemaking objects thought to have been initiated by the London shoemaker, Robert Dixon Box, and consolidated by his son, Joseph Box and the Box Kingham family during the second half of the 1800s. The collection ranges from remnants of leather shoes from the Middle Ages found in Engl...

Summary

H4448-10
Mens single straight buckle shoe of rand construction with forward jutting prow toe and covered Cuban heel. Upper unlined and consists of a very high tongue with white vandyked edge, red pasted over. Quarters with dog leg side seams extend into rounded strap fastened by a metal buckle with silver braid rose stitched to one side. Insole is brown leather folded over to form a toe puff and the heel is of covered red leather.

Undecorated copper buckle with two prong steel chape, is high curved and not original to shoe.

Production

This buckle shoe was probably made for the coronation of George III in 1761, in the style imitating the previous coronation of 1728. The tongue of the shoe imitates an early 18th century cupid's bow tongue. According to footwear specialist June Swann, the poor quality of workmanship may be due to the one-off nature of the occasion.

The buckle was probably made in the 1780s or later. The 1965 Box list does not mention the buckle suggesting it may have been added later for display.
1761

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Buckle shoe with detachable buckle 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2017, <https://ma.as/239341>
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