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H4448-1044 Sabot clogs (pair), part of Joseph Box collection, childrens, timber, maker unknown, France, c. 1850-1859. Click to enlarge.

Pair of sabot clogs from the Joseph Box collection

Made
This pair of clogs (sabots) 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 English archaeological sites, to intact European shoes from the 1600s onwards, 'foreign' shoes collected as 'curiosities' from around the …

Summary

Object No.

H4448-1044

Object Statement

Sabot clogs (pair), part of Joseph Box collection, childrens, timber, maker unknown, France, c. 1850-1859

Physical Description

Clogs (sabots), pair, childrens, wood, maker unknown, France, c1850-1859

Pair of childrens clogs (slip on wooden shoes or sabots), of carved construction with square toe, toe spring and heel carved in one with the rest of the clog. Clogs consist of an upper carved with the sole, a high vamp decorated with incised lines on the top edge and sole, incised lines imitating side and back seam binding and rectangular chipped. The front features a rectangular chip carved panel with strips of petals. Inner sides are pierced to tie the clogs together and sole is roughly carved at the waist imitating the edge finish on the shoes.

Marks

Label, on waist of sole, pasted paper with handwritten text in ink, '1044', '59' crossed out.

Dimensions

Height

65 mm

Width

75 mm

Production

Made

Notes

This pair of clogs (sabots) was made in France in around 1850-1859. The 1965 Box collection list describes the clogs as: 'Sabot, French'.

History

Notes

This pair of clogs (sabots) made in around 1850-1859, is part of the Museum's significant Joseph Box collection. 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

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