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H4448-50 Mule, part of Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather, maker unknown, probably France, c. 1775-1780. Click to enlarge.

Mule shoe from the Joseph Box collection

This silk brocade mule featured in the Bethnal Green Museum Shoe Exhibition held in London, England in 1897. The mule 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 …


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Object Statement

Mule, part of Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather, maker unknown, probably France, c. 1775-1780

Physical Description

Mule, (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.


Joseph 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



60 mm


75 mm

Cite this Object


Mule shoe from the Joseph Box collection 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 March 2023, <>


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