Pair of front laced leather boots

Made in England, c 1810.

This pair of front laced boots 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.

H4448-106

Physical Description

Front laced boots, pair, womens, leather / linen, maker unknown, England, c. 1810

Womens pair of straight front laced calf boots (high lows) of turnshoe construction but made with a pump sole featuring pointed toes and covered wedged louis heels in the Italian style. Boots consist of red morocco leather uppers with a long vamp, tongue tapered into square top, pair of quarters with straight side seam, seams bound in contrasting pink, open tab, seven pairs of worked lace holes with pink silk lace in oblique ladder effect, stitched at the bottom and leg higher at the back. Uppers fully lined in tan linen with a cream linen sock. Heels are red kid with dark brown edge finish, ridged back line and brown leather soles are sueded.

Marks

Interior obscured by support, no marks on exterior

Dimensions

Height

51 mm

Production

Notes

This pair of front laced boots was made in England in around 1805-1815.

Made

c 1810

History

Notes

This pair of front laced boots made in around 1805-1815 is part of the Museum's significant Joseph Box collection. The 1965 Box collection list indicates the boots, were 'purchased from Mr Charles Cox, who obtained them in Torquay, given to him by a friend whose mother had them from Yorkshire'.

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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