Object StatementMule, part of Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather, maker unknown, probably France, c. 1775-1780
Physical DescriptionMule, (single), womens, silk brocade / silk / leather, maker unknown, [France], c1775-1780
Womens single straight mule, of rand construction with visible stitching, narrow, oval upcurved toe and right angled Louis heel. Shoe consists of a silk brocade upper in blue, pink and ivory with peaked throat ending at the start of the heel. The decoration features two rows of blue ruching at the throat with top edge binding missing. Upper lined with white leather; the sock is of yellowing leather and the insole is brown leather. Leather sole features a rough forepart and a smooth waist and the heel is white leather.
MarksJoseph Box collection label pasted on outsole, printed black text on paper label, 'From JOSEPH BOX, / BOOT MAKER BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO / H.R.H. THE PRINCESS OF WALES, / H.I.H. THE CROWN PRINCESS OF GERMANY AND / H.R.H. THE PRINCESS LOUIS OF HESSE, / 187, REGENT STREET, LONDON. Established 1808', numbers written in corners of label, LH top in pencil, enclosed in a circle, '50', RH top on pasted label, printed, '140', text on waist of sole in white paint, 'V.BARTHA / 246' overlaying earlier handwritten text which is illegible