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H4448-16 Slip on shoes (pair), with labels (2), part of Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather / linen / metal / paper, by Gundry & Sons, London, England, c. 1839. Click to enlarge.

Pair of slip on shoes by Gundry & Sons

Made
This pair of slip on shoes was made, possibly as fancy dress for the Eglinton Tournament, 1839, a medieval joust and revel held in Scotland by Archibald William Montgomerie, thirteenth Earl of Eglinton (1812-1861) in honour of Queen Victoria's coronation. The shoes and labels 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 …

Summary

Object No.

H4448-16

Object Statement

Slip on shoes (pair), with labels (2), part of Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather / linen / metal / paper, by Gundry & Sons, London, England, c. 1839

Physical Description

Slip on shoes, pair, womens, silk brocade / leather and makers labels (2), paper, made by Gundry & Sons, London, England, c1839 / date unknown

Pair of womens slip on shoes of turnshoe construction with narrow square toe and low stacked heel. Shoes consist of ivory and silver thread silk brocade uppers in a diamond pattern with square throat, oblique side seams and back seam, all bound and lined with linen and kid. Heels are leather and soles are white finished leather. The shoe is an imitation medieval style, possibly for fancy dress.

Paper labels from sole of shoes, inscribed with 'Kingham / 187 Regent St / London' and '323'.

Marks

see parts

Dimensions

Height

60 mm

Width

60 mm

Production

Notes

This pair of silk brocade slip on shoes was made in England by Gundry & Sons, possibly as medieval style fancy dress for the Eglinton Tournament held in Scotland in 1839.

History

Notes

This pair of silk brocade slip on shoes made in imitation medieval style, possibly as fancy dress for the Eglinton Tournament held in 1839, and labels made in around 1835-1845 are 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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