Archive Artefacts: Miniature Leather Mules

As the penultimate post in my Archive Artefact series, I wanted to share these exquisite miniature mules with you. The mules come from a very small personal collection of material given to LCF by the Moykopf family.

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They were made by ‘Charles Moykopf’ a family owned bespoke shoemakers located in Burlington Arcade from 1854 until 1954 when the business was sold to Lobb’s Bootmakers.  These miniature shoes were probably given or sold to customers as novelty items but they also demonstrate the very high skills and quality of the workmanship of the Moykopf shoemakers.

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Of course, the cream and black leather examples work brilliantly for my monochrome theme in my office cabinet. The cream mule has a red leather heel, dark brown sole and cream silk satin interior.The black example has a tan leather heel with brown varnished design underneath and cream satin interior.  At just over 10cm these little shoes fit just perfectly in my cabinet.

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