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H4448-53 Buckle shoe with buckle, part of Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather / silver / steel, maker unknown, England, c. 1760-1769. Click to enlarge.

Buckle shoe from the Joseph Box collection

Made
This silk satin buckle shoe with buckle may have featured in the Antique and Historical Shoes Exhibition organised by Joseph Box in 1889 and the Bethnal Green Museum Shoe Exhibition held in London, England in 1897. 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 …

Summary

Object No.

H4448-53

Object Statement

Buckle shoe with buckle, part of Joseph Box collection, womens, silk / leather / silver / steel, maker unknown, England, c. 1760-1769

Physical Description

Buckle shoe, indoor, womens, silk satin / leather / [silver], with buckle, silver / steel, maker unknown, England, c. 1760-1769

Womens single straight indoor buckle shoe of turnshoe construction with fingertip pointed toe and covered wedged Louis heel. Shoe consists of fawn silk satin upper featuring a medium high tongue covered by rounded end straps with a silver buckle, straight side seams at mid waist and top edge binding over back seam. Upper lined in white kid, linen and pale blue silk and the sock is white kid. Heel covered in the same silk satin and the sole is brown edged leather with a smooth forepart, rough waist and breast.

Silver buckle with blue steel chape and pitchfork, featuring cut and faceted corners.

Marks

see parts

Dimensions

Height

130 mm

Width

70 mm

Production

Notes

This silk satin tie shoe with buckle made in England in around 1760-1769, featured in the Bethnal Green Museum Shoe Exhibition held in London, England in 1897 as exhibit 120. Described as,' Shoe; upper and covering of heel satin; fastening by straps and a buckle at the instep; high heel and rounded toe, English, 1710, Box collection'.

History

Notes

This silk satin buckle shoe with buckle made in around 1760-1769 is part of the Museum's significant Joseph Box collection and may possibly have featured in the Antique and Historical Shoes Exhibition organised by Joseph Box in 1889, in addition to the Bethnal Green Museum Shoe Exhibition held in London, England in 1897 as exhibit 120. Described as,' Shoe; upper and covering of heel satin; fastening by straps and a buckle at the instep; high heel and rounded toe, English, 1710, 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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