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H4448-28 Shoe, sample, boys, imitation Tudor 'Rose', linen / leather, made by Gundry & Sons, London, England, c. 1846. Click to enlarge.

‘Tudor Rose’ style shoe sample by Gundry & Sons

Made by Gundry & Sons in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom, Europe, c 1846.

This shoe was made, possibly as a sample, in imitation Tudor ‘Rose’ style to check the size of a shoe to be worn by Prince Arthur in costume as Henry V111. The shoe 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 Engl...

Summary

Object No.

H4448-28

Object Statement

Shoe, sample, boys, imitation Tudor 'Rose', linen / leather, made by Gundry & Sons, London, England, c. 1846

Physical Description

Shoe, sample, boys, imitation Tudor 'Rose', linen / leather, made by Gundry & Sons, London, England, c. 1846

Boys single straight shoe sample, imitation Tudor 'Rose' style, turnshoe construction with eared toe and single lift spring heel with crease. Shoe consists of linen upper with high rounded tongue, side seams and back seam, top edge bound. Pointed overlapping straps across the tab as for 18th century buckle shoes. Vamp decorated with three ink marks where the vamp was to be cut for slashing. Upper lined with [linen] as is the sock, and heel grip is blue kid.

Marks

Three ink marks where the vamp was to be cut for slashed decoration.

Dimensions

Height

50 mm

Width

78 mm

History

Notes

This shoe was possibly made as a sample to check the size of a fancy dress shoe to be worn by Prince Arthur, the third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

This sample shoe made in around 1841-1851 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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