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Sandals - Parker Shoe Company, Gold Leather, 1953 Object Reg. No: SH 940383

Gold leather strappy sandals with gold block heel approx 6cm high. Made by the Parker Shoe Company, and 'styled' in New York. The shoes were worn by Christabel Mattingley in Toorak, Melbourne, with her 'going away' dress, reg. no. SH 93.1056. She married David Mattingly at St. John's Church of England, Toorak, on 12 December 1953 with the reception at The Grosvenor, Toorak (now demolished).

Christabel is also an author of children's books.

According to the Powerhouse Museum, the Parker Shoe Company was established by Malcolm Parker, who manufactured quality fashion shoes in Australia from 1930 until the late 1960s. These dates may not be entirely accurate. In 1928 Malcom Parker, of the Parker Shoe Company, then of Clifton Hill, appeared before a Parliamentary Shoe Committee to defend the use of machinery from the British United Shoe Machinery Company (Argus, 30 October 1928, p.10). In 1941 Parker Shoe Company was advertised in The Argus as being exclusive to Georges (5 April, p.15S). According to the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, the business name Parker Shoe Company Proprietary Limited was not deregistered until 1980.
Gold leather strappy sandals with gold block heel approx 6cm high. The upper sole is in tan coloured leather with two seperate gold manufacturer's stamps. There are two narrow gold straps running behind the heel and a single gold leather strap across the ankle which buckles into a small silver metal buckle. Four narrow gold leather straps criss-cross four times to form the front of the foot. The toe is opened and slightly rounded.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Christabel Mattingley, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 23.50 cm (Height), 9.00 cm (Width), 7.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: rites of passage, rituals, weddings
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: footwear
Inscriptions: Left and right shoe, stamped: Styled in/ PARKER CORONIAL/New York. Stamped, upper sole: MADE BY/PARKER SHOE Co/ALL LEATHER/SOLE. Handwritten, heel strap: 8 1/2A. 355.
Place & Date Used: Toorak, Victoria, Australia, 1953
Manufacturer: Parker Shoe Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Place Named: New York, New York, United States of America

Shoes were 'styled' in New York.
References: Information on Parker Shoes from Powerhouse Museum web site http://about.nsw.gov.au/collections/doc/suede-shoes-made-by-the-parker-shoe-company/, accessed 2/6/2010.


Katrina Manning Posted on 04 Apr 2010 6:02 AM
Sandals - Parker Shoe Company, Gold Leather Reg. No: SH 940383

I bought a pair of parker shoe co suede heels yesterday. They have never been worn. They are a classic 1940's style and are in immaculate condition. Thye have Styled in Parker Coronal New york in the heal of the shoe and are a 7 1/2. I bought them to wear but seeing the significance of this to the history of shoes in Australia I thought I would let you know.

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