Ankle boot, womens, silk brocade / leather / linen / silk, Robert Dixon Box, prize work, London, England, c. 1845
Womens single straight side laced ankle boot of turnshoe construction with rounded square toe and stacked heel. Boot consists of a two piece blue and black silk brocade leg stitched over a red Morocco winged vamp, seamed front and back, side lace over tongue, thirteen pairs of worked holes, no laces remaining, with stitching up to fifth hole, and decorated with metallic gold fringe along top edge. Upper lined in fine linen and ivory moire silk with braid backstrap and the sock is of pasted linen. Black leather heel features a scalloped top piece, pin point work and design in centre. Black leather sole features a curved back edge, black edge finish forepart with cream and black edge finish at waist.
(See object file for specialist report by June Swann)
Interior obscured by support.
Joseph Box collection label pasted on outsole, 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, '127', perpendicular to main text, LHS in ink, '44'