*Important Vintage BESPOKE PEAL & CO. Full Brogue Highland GHILLIE: 43-43.5D (UK9E)


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  • Important Vintage Bespoke Full Brogue Ghillie
    Peal & Co.
    Circa 1950
    Euro 620

    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;

    Fred Astaire
    Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore
    Humphrey Bogart & Mrs. H Bogart (Lauren Bacall)
    Sir Charles Chaplin
    Gary Cooper
    Mrs. Walt Disney
    Sir Douglas Fairbanks
    Henry Fonda
    James Garner
    Cary Grant
    Rex Harrison
    Boris Karloff
    Steve McQueen
    Sir.John Mills
    Sir David Niven
    Sir Laurence Olivier
    Mary Pickford
    Mrs Rudolph Valentino
    Guy de Rothschild
    Henry Ford II & Mrs H Ford
    Benny Goodman
    Dean Martin,
    Jehudi Menuhin
    Richard Avedon
    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
    Theodore Roosevelt
    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.

    Shoe Condition:

    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.

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