Mule shoe, straight one of pair, mens, leather, maker unknown, Nigeria, c1860-1890
Mens tab front mule shoe, straight one of a pair, turned construction featuring tunnel stitching with white thong, pointed shallow toe and no heel. Mule consists of brown leather upper featuring a double crease centre front, vertical side seams, tabbed front with machine stitching each side of the extension, slit each side of tongue with a circle at the toe end, leather bound top edges and folded in tabbed back. Upper features brown leather lining, insole and half sock. Hide sole features hair on the tread and sole protrudes around edge of upper.
(See object file for specialist report by June Swann)
Joseph Box collection label pasted on outsole of left shoe, printed black text on paper label, 'From JOSEPH BOX, / BOOT MAKER BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS 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, LH top, printed text in black on pasted paper label, '170', perpendicular to main text, LHS in ink, '55'