*Important Vintage BESPOKE PEAL & CO. Full Brogue Highland GHILLIE: 43-43.5D (UK9E)
€620.00VENDU à Monsieur R. S., Paris
Size: 43-43.5 [US. 10] [UK 9]
Styles: Brogues, Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Custom-Bespoke-Maas, Evening/Formal, Militaria
Important Vintage Bespoke Full Brogue Ghillie
Peal & Co.
First let us dispel any similarity to Brook Brothers products marketed under the Peal name. This is a hand-sewn, bespoke/custom made shoe, actually made by Peal & Co. before its dissolution.
Scottish and Irish Ghillies, derived from simple ancestral footwear, have evolved into shoes of more modern construction, often worn with traditional costume for ceremonial wear, military formal dress and for Highland country dancing. Originally Ghillies were made of soft leathers and easily distinguished from other shoes by the use of loops in the leather in place of eyelets, with laces criss-crossing across the vamp. Ghillie Brogues, another variation, generally have no tongue. In modern parlance, the term ghillie has come to encompass any shoe laced through loops projecting over the tongue or top of the foot, as in the case of this authentic early example.
History of the firm: “Peal and Co were founded in 1565 and were the oldest-established and most successful makers in the world, employing up to 200 staff. The firm was established in Durham and moved to Derby in 1765, reaching London in 1791. In 1953 Peal bought their Oxford Street neighbours, Bartley and Son, inheriting their Boot and Fox emblem and moved to Wigmore Street in 1958. The business closed early in 1965, when the family decided that lack of family succession, a declining trade and shortage of skilled staff made closure their best option. The closure of Peal and Co was very helpful to the remaining shoemakers in London including Foster and Son, who acquired two important assets, the boot and fox emblem and Mr. Terry Moore, Peal’s master last maker. The old Peal lasts are still said to be in use by Foster & Son.
Peal & Co. counted among their clients, luminaries from both sides of the Atlantic, among them -most amusing- Karl Marx in the company of King Edward VII. Here is a much shortened list;
Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore
Humphrey Bogart & Mrs. H Bogart (Lauren Bacall)
Sir Charles Chaplin
Mrs. Walt Disney
Sir Douglas Fairbanks
Sir David Niven
Sir Laurence Olivier
Mrs Rudolph Valentino
Guy de Rothschild
Henry Ford II & Mrs H Ford
Lady Violet Bonham Carter nee Asquith, 40 Gloucester Sq.
Mrs. Neville Chamberlain
Rt. Hon Sir Anthony Eden KG
Dean G Acheson, US Secretary of State
Barry Goldwater, Senator
Edward L Kennedy
John F Kennedy
Mr. Karl Marx of Berlin c/o Dr W Smith, West Lodge, West End Lane, Hampstead
Col. Elliott Roosevelt, son of FDR & Eleanor
HM King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor
Hon F Bowes-Lyon, brother of the Queen Mother
F J Bowes-Lyon, Grenadier Guards
Lady Rosemary Spencer Churchill
Lord Louis Mountbatten
Duke of Westminster
Prince Aga Khan
Princess Eugene of Belgium
King of the Hellenes (Greece)
Crown Princess of Greece
Prince Nicholas of Greece
Prince Peter of Greece
Crown Prince Constantine of Greece
Crown Princess of Japan
King & Crown Prince of Norway
Prince Christian of Schleswig Holstein
Crown Prince of Sweden
Queen Marie of Yugoslavia
Size Details:By my precise measurement using shoemaker's lasts of known size: UK 9E.....US 10D.....Continental 43-43.5D, for the medium width foot. Sold without trees.
All original and in remarkably fine condition for being a half century old. Original soles and heels showing modest wear and the tops showing a wonderfully patina and the leather soft from careful care. A wearable collector's item.