Pair of silk brocade clog overshoes

Made in England, 1740-1749.

This pair of clog tie overshoes 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 shoes from the 1600s onwards, ‘foreign’ shoes collected as ‘curiosities’ from around the...

Summary

Object No.

H4448-86

Physical Description

Clog tie overshoes, pair, womens, silk brocade / leather / felt, maker unknown, England, 1740-1749

Womens pair of straight tie clog overshoes stitched in the channel with needlepoint toes, 1 lift heel and brown seat rand. Overshoes consist of petrel blue, silver and red silk brocade uppers featuring square ended latchets to tie over shoes, laces are missing, and red kid cover to wedge. Latchets lined with brown leather and the remains of fawn brown felt. The black insole is mostly worn away. Heel socket is made for a broad heel. Overshoes for H4448-85, buckle shoes.

(See object file for specialist report by June Swann)

Marks

None

Dimensions

Height

60 mm

Width

80 mm

Production

Notes

These clog overshoes were made in England in around 1740-1749, to match H4448-85. The overshoes are a poor fit with the matching shoes. Cutting of the side guards suggests the clogs were worn with a similar styled pair of shoes which also did not fit.

Made

1740-1749

History

Notes

This pair of silk brocade clog overshoes made in around 1740-1749 is part of the Museum's significant Joseph 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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