Pair of slip on shoes by Gundry & Sons

Made by Gundry & Sons in London, England, c. 1832.

This pair of slip on shoes 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 worl...

Summary

H4448-24
Slip on shoes, pair, womens, silk satin / leather, made by Gundry & Sons, London, England c. 1832

Pair of womens indoor slip on shoes, turnshoe construction with wide square toe and no heel. Shoes consist of green silk satin uppers with square throat and bow affixed, vertical side seam, no back seam and bound top edge. There are remains of ribbons to tie over the instep and around the ankle. Uppers lined in linen and white kid with sock of linen pasted in. Leather soles were originally sueded.

Dimensions

55 mm
75 mm

Production

This pair of silk satin slip on shoes was made by Gundry & Sons in England, post 1830, as the inscription on the identification label uses the title 'Princess Victoria of Kent'. 'Her Majesty' was not in use until 1837 when Victoria became Queen.
Gundry & Sons c. 1832

History

This pair of silk satin slip on shoes may possibly be part of the William Box Kingham collection as indicated by the inscription on the paper label which mentions 'Princess Victoria' dating the shoe pre 1837.

The shoes made in around 1827-1837 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
Kingham, William Box

Cite this Object

Pair of slip on shoes by Gundry & Sons 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 September 2017, <https://ma.as/239613>
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