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H4448-1038 Toe peg clog sandals (pair), with museum label, part of Joseph Box collection, womens, timber / brass / paper, maker unknown / Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, India / Australia, 1850-1942. Click to enlarge.

Pair of toe peg clog sandals from the Joseph box collection

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This pair of toe peg clog sandals and museum label come 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 English archaeological sites, to intact European shoes from the 1600s onwards, 'foreign' shoes collected as …

Summary

Object No.

H4448-1038

Object Statement

Toe peg clog sandals (pair), with museum label, part of Joseph Box collection, womens, timber / brass / paper, maker unknown / Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, India / Australia, 1850-1942

Physical Description

Womens pair of straight toe peg clog sandals, constructed from a single piece of wood, the peg hammered through the sole with a nail to fix, wide oval toe peaked in the centre over a square sole and stilt heel peaked at centre back. Clog sandals consist of a shaped sole with rounded ends which widen at the centre to a scalloped edge, a toe peg between the first and second toe with a thin spindle and flat top. Top of one toe peg missing. Insole, stilts and pegs are inlaid with brass in a trellis pattern, scrolls and whirls. Heel and sole consist of a stilt which is hollow on the inside.

Cardboard Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences museum label from H4448-1038, printed text in brown, with museum number and description.

Marks

Identification tag with handwritten text in brown ink, 'PAIR OF / CLOGS / With toe pins, inlaid / work of metal. / Indian / 19th century'

Production

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Notes

According to footwear specialist June Swann, this pair of toe peg clog sandals was made possibly in southern India around 1850-1875. The 1965 Box collection list describes the shoes as a 'pair of Indian clogs'.

As cow leather was forbidden within the Hindu religion, sandals were made from wood, ivory or metal. They were known as padukas, chakris or kharrows.

Reference:
http://www.northampton.gov.uk

The museum label was produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, Australia, post 1942.

History

Notes

This pair of toe peg clog sandals and museum label is part of the Museum's significant Joseph Box collection. The 1965 Box collection list describes the shoes as: ' pair of Indian clogs'.

Joseph Box Ltd had its origins in a London shoemaking business established in 1808 by a 'ladies shoemaker' called James Sly. From 1816 Sly's apprentice was Robert Dixon Box, the fifteen-year-old son of a bankrupted Quaker attorney. Box was to become manager of the business when Sly died in 1826, and gained a reputation for fine shoemaking through its participation at international exhibitions and by obtaining Royal Warrants. The business became known as Joseph Box Ltd in 1862 after it was transferred to Robert's son, Joseph. Like his father, Joseph started in the trade at the age of 15, but retired at the relatively early age of 42 to enable his daughters to enter society. Although he transferred the business to his cousins the Box Kinghams in 1882, Joseph maintained an active interest in shoemaking through collecting. At the end of the century the business was later taken over by royal shoemakers Gundry & Sons, which was itself taken over by John Lobb Ltd some time after 1953.

The collection acquired by the Museum in 1942 was probably started by Robert Dixon and consolidated by Joseph Box and the Box Kinghams during the second half of the 1800s. It includes remnants of leather shoes from the Middle Ages found in English archaeological sites, intact European shoes from the 1600s onwards, 'foreign' shoes collected as 'curiosities' from around the world, shoe buckles and spurs, as well as documents relating to Joseph Box Ltd.

Footwear scholar, June Swann, former Keeper of the Boot and Shoe Collection at the Northampton Museum in England was invited to catalogue this very significant collection in 1993. A large selection was subsequently featured in the Museum's 1997 exhibition and accompanying publication 'Stepping out: three centuries of shoes'.

REF:
Mitchell, Louise, with Lindie Ward, 'Stepping out: three centuries of shoes', Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney, 1997

Cite this Object

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