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Made in England, late 17th century - early 18th century.
This pair of embroidered linen tie shoes featured in the Bethnal Green Museum Shoe Exhibition held in London, England in 1897. The shoes 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 ...
Tie shoes, pair, womens, embroidered linen / leather, maker unknown, [England], late 17th - early 18th century
Womens pair of straight tie shoes of white rand construction with fingertip pointed toes and covered Louis heels. Shoes consist of linen uppers embroidered with pink blue and yellow floral motifs featuring medium high tongue and small open sides with short unpierced latchets to tie over the tongue. Side seams and edges are all bound with heel covered in matching fabric. Shoes lined in white kid with leather insole arrow shaped and turned over to form toe puff. Leather sole stitched in the channel.
Joseph Box collection label pasted on outsole of both shoes, 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 corner of label, perpendicular to main text, LH top in pencil, '115A / 7', paper label pasted to outsole, printed text, 'This article has been treated / with Carboxymethylcellulose / with 0.1% Mercuric Chloride.'
This pair of embroidered linen tie shoes are probably English, made in the late 1600s - early 1700s and featured as exhibit 119 in the Bethnal Green Museum Shoe Exhibition held in London, England in 1897. Described as, 'Shoes, a pair; silk embroidered in a floral design, English 1, George II, (1727-60), Box collection'.
This pair of embroidered linen tie shoes is part of the Museum's significant Joseph Box collection and featured as exhibit 119 in the Bethnal Green Museum Shoe Exhibition held in London, England in 1897. Described as, 'Shoes, a pair; silk embroidered in a floral design, English 1, George II, (1727-60), 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