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H4448-2 Buckle shoes (pair), with buckles (pair), part of the Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather / linen / metal, maker unknown, England, 1740-c. 1777. Click to enlarge.

Pair of buckle shoes from the Joseph Box collection

Made
This pair of buckle shoes and buckles 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 'curiosities' from …

Summary

Object No.

H4448-2

Object Statement

Buckle shoes (pair), with buckles (pair), part of the Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather / linen / metal, maker unknown, England, 1740-c. 1777

Physical Description

Buckle shoes, pair, womens, appliqued silk / leather / linen and buckles, pair, metal, maker unknown, England, 1740-1749 / c. 1777

Womens pair of straight buckled shoes of rand construction with visible stitching. Uppers of green silk with green applique braid; heels wood, covered in the same material; linen and kid lining and brown leather soles. Toes are needlepoint and upcurved and heels are covered Louis style and white stitched. Uppers have a high tongue with a V dip at the centre, pointed straps to buckle over, now stitched, and dog leg side seams. The shoes are decorated with a broad band of silver/gold lace at the centre front with scalloped edge; narrow strips of silk braid run parallel to the toe on each side and a box pattern on the quarters and heel.

Pair of gilded metal buckles, with three strips pierced between and oval sections. They are not original to the shoes.

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Height

115 mm

Width

85 mm

Production

Notes

This pair of womens appliqued silk buckle shoes was made in England between 1740-1749. The buckles not contemporary with the shoes.

History

Notes

This pair of appliqued silk buckle shoes and buckles 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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