Object StatementBalmoral boot, part of Josph Box collection, womens, left foot, prize work, leather / silk / timber / celluloid, by Sandy McCarthey for Menhennitt, London, England, c. 1885
Physical DescriptionBalmoral boot, womens, leather / silk satin / wood, made by Sandy McCarthey for Menhennitt, exhibition / prize work, London, England, 
Womens single left six button ankle boot (Balmoral), on original last, of welted construction with square toes, rounded edges and stacked heel. Boot consists of black patent leather galosh and two piece pale blue silk satin leg featuring toe with peaked cap, white piped back seam and top edge of full galosh, white stitched centre front and back seams of leg and blue kid edge binding, six white buttons and hand worked button holes. Decoration features scalloped stitching on the cap, punching with white underlay at cap and throat and top edge finished with fleur de lis and scrolls. Upper features pink leather facing, the rest not visible because of the last. Black leather heel features full lifts, fine wheeling at the seat and a nailed (originally blinded) top piece. Leather sole is made straight with a narrow waist featuring a French shank.
MarksInterior of boot obscured by last. Label on upper surface of last, pasted paper, handwritten text in ink, 'Sandy McCarthey / 507'