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H4448-6 Buckle shoes (pair), with buckles (pair), part of the Joseph Box collection, womens, silk satin / leather / linen / timber / metal / brass, maker unknown, England, 1760-1769. Click to enlarge.

Pair of buckle shoes from the Joseph Box collection

Made
This pair of buckle shoes and buckles, possibly made for coronation or other court or high dress wear, 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 intact European shoes from the …

Summary

Object No.

H4448-6

Object Statement

Buckle shoes (pair), with buckles (pair), part of the Joseph Box collection, womens, silk satin / leather / linen / timber / metal / brass, maker unknown, England, 1760-1769

Physical Description

Buckle shoes, pair, womens, appliqued silk satin / leather / linen and buckle, pair, metal, maker unknown, England, 1760-1769

Womens pair of straight buckle shoes of rand construction with visible stitching. Shoes are of ivory silk satin with pointed upcurved toe, covered Louis heel and brown leather insole and sole. Uppers are fastened by pointed straps crossing over a medium high tongue through a large brass buckle, (not original); with dog legged side seams from the heel breast. Shoes are decorated with silver lace applique on the vamps, side seams and top edge. Vamps are lined with linen, the tongue with yellow silk satin and the quarters with white kid.

Pair of brass buckles, square in shape, with two prongs for attachment to straps.

Dimensions

Height

120 mm

Width

90 mm

Production

Notes

This pair of buckle shoes and buckles was made in England, 1760-1769, possibly as coronation wear for King George III in 1761, or as other court or high dress wear. The buckle is too plain for the shoes, and probably not original. Joseph Box possibly had a number made specifically for his collection.

History

Notes

This pair of appliqued silk satin buckle shoe made in around 1760-1769 is part of the Museum's significant Joseph Box collection and was possibly made for coronation or other court or high dress wear. The shoe may have been part of Mrs W.B. Kingham's collection as suggested by the label on the sole of the shoes.

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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