Ankle strap shoe, straight one of pair, boys, leather / satin, [made by Joseph Box], made for Prince Albert Victor, [London, England], c1867
Boys straight one of a pair ankle strap shoe of turnshoe construction with square rounded toe and no heel. Shoe consists of pale blue kid leather uppers featuring a square throat, one piece back seam and a pair of narrow straps to button around the ankle; missing the buttons. Vamp embroidered in silver with a motif consisting of the Prince of Wales feathers and 'A' over 'V'. Shoe lined in ivory satin with a sock of fawn satin.
(See object file for specialist report by June Swann)
Joseph Box collection label pasted on outsole, printed black text on paper label, 'From JOSEPH BOX, / BOOT MAKER BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT 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 corners of label, LH top in pencil, '1450', perpendicular to text, LH in black ink, '21', on sole at waist, in pencil, '56'