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H4448-9 Buckle shoe with buckle, part of Joseph Box collection, mens, leather / silver / steel / metal, maker unknown, England, c. 1761. Click to enlarge.

Buckle shoe from the Joseph Box collection

Made
This buckle shoe with detachable buckle 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 …

Summary

Object No.

H4448-9

Object Statement

Buckle shoe with buckle, part of Joseph Box collection, mens, leather / silver / steel / metal, maker unknown, England, c. 1761

Physical Description

Buckle shoe, mens, leather / silver braid, with detachable buckle, silver / steel, maker unknown, England, [1761]

Mens single right straight buckle shoe of rand construction with square domed toe and Cuban heel. Upper consists of very high rounded tongue covered by pointed overlapping latchets fastened by an oval silver buckle with silver braid rose stitched to one side. Upper lined with white kid on the sides; white leather sock and insole is brown leather. Heel is red leather; white stitched at breast, seat and top piece and leather sole features a sueded waist.

Silver buckle with a pitchfork chape of steel, featuring florette in the centre of each side and one in each corner. Also features an Edinburgh hallmark.

Marks

The number '9' has been written on the sole of the shoe and there are two paper labels stuck to the sole of the shoe. Text in pencil on one label reads '1412 / Dress'. Pencil text on the other label reads 'Kingham / 187 Regent / St / London'.

Edinburgh Hallmark stamped on reverse of buckle

Production

Notes

This mens buckle shoe with detachable buckle was made in England, [1761], made most likely for the coronation of George III, which used the shoe style of George II. The buckle is probably a later addition for display purposes.

History

Notes

This mens leather buckle shoe made 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

Cite this Object

Harvard

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Wikipedia

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