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H4448-5 Clog overshoes (pair) and single, part of the Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather, maker unknown, England, 1760-c. 1770. Click to enlarge.

Clog overshoes from the Joseph Box collection

Made
This clog overshoe and pair of clog overshoes 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' …

Summary

Object No.

H4448-5

Object Statement

Clog overshoes (pair) and single, part of the Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather, maker unknown, England, 1760-c. 1770

Physical Description

Clog overshoe, womens, silk [damask] / leather, and clog overshoes, pair, silk velvet / leather, maker unknown, England, c. 1770 / 1760-1769

Women single straight clog overshoe of channel stitch construction with narrow oval blunt pointed toe and single lift heel. Overshoe is blue and gold silk damask with brown leather lining. The upper consists of two square ended latchets with holes, missing ties, and white silk sides. Heel socket is made for a woman's shoe with small heel and sole is dark brown leather stitched in the channel.

Production

Notes

This clog overshoe and pair of clog overshoes was made in England between 1760-c. 1770.

History

Notes

This clog overshoe made in around 1765-1775 and pair of silk velvet clog overshoes made between 1765-1769, are part of the Museum's significant Joseph Box collection. The pair of overshoes may have featured as exhibit number 139 in the 1889 Exhibition Catalogue.

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. This clog overshoe and pair of clog overshoes are possibly listed as no 139 in the 1889 Exhibition Catalogue. 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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