Catalogue of Ducker & Son archive

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Margaret Czepiel
2017-2018



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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Historical ledgers 1910-1963
B   Later ledgers, with sample shoes, brogue and shoe patterns, tools of the trade and a photograph of the 'last pair of riding boots made by Duckers, 2006' n.d., 1937-2016
    B.1   Ledgers containing brief, often coded, information on shoe orders n.d., 1937-2016
    B.2   Samples of shoes and patterns, with tools of the trade n.d., 2017
C   Photographs of the Ducker & Son shoe shop 2016
D   Further historical ledgers, account and advertising books 1919-1982


Archive of Ducker & Son, shoemakers, Oxford

1910-2017

Abstract:
Ledgers, other account books, samples of shoes, patterns and shoe tools, with photographs of the shop of Ducker & Son (est. 1898), shoemakers of Oxford, 1910-2017.

Extent: 5.8 Linear metres, 55 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Don. c. 233-249, MSS. 15012/1-35, JL 956-958

Biographical/Historical

Ducker & Son, shoemakers and sellers based in Turl Street, Oxford, was founded by Edward Ducker in 1898. On his death in 1947, his wife took over the business, but died two weeks later. In 1952 Ducker & Son became a limited company (registerd with Companies House with no. 00512039). The firm made bespoke shoes of high quality in various styles (sports, military, formal and casual shoes and slippers as well as socks and leggins). Ducker & Son also offered a variety of services from shoe cleaning to restoration and repair. Their clients included royalty, nobility, clergy, military, diplomats, scientists, academics and students. Among the clients were also J.R.R. Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, and in later years Rowan Atkinson, Ian McEwan and The Rev'd Hugh W. Bearn. The shop closed in November 2016. The last directors were Bob and Isobel Avery.

Scope and Content

The archive comprises ledgers and other account books of Ducker & Son, shoe makers of Oxford, covering over 100 years of trading. The volumes list orders made for a variety of bespoke shoes and related services. Some of the records detail the style of shoes (their design, colour, linings, edges, caps and heels) as well as material used for their production. Further volumes document the shop's own stock and advertising needs. The papers are complemented by samples of shoes, paper shoe patterns, leather brogue patterns and tools used in the shoe making and aftercare. Photographs of the shop's exterior and interior as it was towards the end of 2016 are also present. The catalogue is divided into four parts dictated by separate acquisitions.

Arrangement

The catalogue is presented in chronological order with some material overlapping.

Restrictions on Use

Material of a sensitive personal or corporate nature is closed.



Acquisition

MSS. Don. c. 233-243: purchased from Mallams by the Friends of the Bodleian, February 2017. MSS. Don. c. 244-248 and JL 956-958: donated by Bob and Isobel Avery, March 2017. MSS. Don. c. 249: donated by Roger Gilboy, March 2017. MSS. 15012/1-35: purchased from Mallams, June 2017.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. c. 233].

Related Material

An archived copy of the Ducker & Son website is accessible in the Bodleian Libraries Web Archive.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Roger | Gilboy | b 1967 | photographer

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Ducker and Son | shoemakers, Turl Street, Oxford

Subject(s)

20th century
Shoemakers -- England -- Oxfordshire

A   Historical ledgers 1910-1963

Scope and Content

Eleven ledgers of Ducker & Son, Oxford shoemakers and sellers, covering the years 1910-1963. The ledgers provide records of shoes made and services rendered to individual clients, including J.R.R. Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, Lord Nuffield, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Randolph Churchill, The Duke of Argyll and others. Each ledger includes an index of clients at the front, followed by details of completed orders (names, addresses, services, order numbers where 'S' denotes 'special' and 'SO' is a 'special order', with prices paid). The latter part is in chronological order from the date of the first order with subsequent orders added under the same name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note: Purchased from Mallams by the Friends of the Bodleian, February 2017.Full range of shelfmarks

MSS. Don. c. 233-243


Ledger 4
Date: 1910-1917
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 233
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 1-750.

Includes orders placed by (as written) Honbl. G.W. Grenfeld, J.K. Swire, Cyril Asquith Esqr., Count J. de Salis, Count A.T.A. Bernstorff, W.M. Codrington, G.M. Vansittart Esq., A. Chavasse Esqr., J.R.R. Tolkien Esqr. and Baron W. Richthofen [not Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron].

Insert: Newspaper cutting: James Derham, 'Who shot the Red Baron?' ( Evening News, 2 Apr. 1977).

Ledger 5
Date: 1911-1931
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 234
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 751-1502.

Includes orders placed by (as written) Major F. Wellesley, Philip M. Deneke Esq. and Lady Ottoline Morrell.

Ledger 6
Date: 1919-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 235
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 1501-2250.

Includes orders placed by (as written) J.C. Lawrence Esq. and E.A. Waugh Esq.

Ledger 7
Date: 1923-1931
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 236
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 3001-3750.

Includes orders placed by (as written) The Revd. Canon W.A. Spooner D.D., H.T. Wade-Gery Esq., Sidney Smith Esq., Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, The Rt. Honble. Asquith, Lieut. Col. Ballard, George F. Duffield Esq., Sir Gilbert Purcell Bart., W. Docker-Drysdale Esq., The Venble. Arch. of Darbyshire, W. Rathbone Esq., Captain D.W. Evetts, A.R. Hartwell Esq., Basil Blackwell Esq., Captain Pitt-Rivers, The Earl of Buckingham, The Duke of Argyll, E.A. Waugh Esq. and W.E. Messenger Esq.

Ledger 8
Date: 1925-1933
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 237
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 3001-3750.

Includes orders placed by (as written) The Honble. E.A. Akers-Douglas, Lord Dalmeny and Randolph H.S. Churchill Esqr.

Ledger 9
Date: 1927-1949
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 238
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 3751-4500.

Includes orders placed by many female clients, (as written) H.H. Princess Holkar of Indore, Murat W. Williams Esq., Dana H. Porter and other foreign dignitaries.

Ledger 10
Date: 1929-1943
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 239
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 4501-5250.

Includes orders placed by (as written) The Revd. Maurice Child, Sir Arthur Willert, H.H. Maharaja Holkar of Indore, Sir Wm. R. Morris (Lord Nuffield), E.A. Waugh Esq., Professor R.M. Dawkins and Professor N.V. Sidgwick.

Ledger 11
Date: 1930-1945
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 240
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 5251-6000.

Includes orders placed by (as written) W.P. Thesiger Esq., J.M.A. Gwyer and M[r] H. Asquith.

Ledger 12
Date: 1933-1947
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 241
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 6001-6750.

Includes orders placed by (as written) The Revd. Maurice Child, D.B.H. Lennox-Boyd (with a pasted newspaper cutting, 'Brother of M.P. shot in Germany', 13 Apr. 1939), Colonel R. Thaxted Cripps, G.L. Conran Esq. and T.D. Weldon Esq.

Ledger 13
Date: 1936-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 242
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 6751-7500.

Includes orders placed by (as written) Professor John R. Hicks, C.E. Stevens Esq., Dr J.A. Stallworthy, Albert H. Herbert, Michael Maclagan Esq., N.T.A. Fiennes Esq. and K.B. McFarlane Esq.

Ledger 14
Date: 1939-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 243
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 7501-8250.

Includes orders placed by (as written) Evelyn A. Waugh Esq., Professor John R.R. Tolkien, Sir C. Ponsonby and Philip F. de Zulueta Esq.

B   Later ledgers, with sample shoes, brogue and shoe patterns, tools of the trade and a photograph of the 'last pair of riding boots made by Duckers, 2006' n.d., 1937-2016

Immediate Source of Acquisition note: Donated by Bob and Isobel Avery, March 2017.

B.1   Ledgers containing brief, often coded, information on shoe orders n.d., 1937-2016

Conditions Governing Use note: Closed.Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Don. c. 244-248

Ledgers with brief information on shoe orders
Date: from before 1937 to Jan 1944
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 244
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 volumes)

Ledgers with brief information on shoe orders
Date: 1950-Apr 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 245
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 volumes)

Ledgers with brief information on shoe orders
Date: May 1967-Apr 1982
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 246
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 volumes)

Ledgers with brief information on shoe orders
Date: Jan 1986-Aug 2007
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 247

Extent: 1 box (4 volumes)

Ledgers with brief information on shoe orders, with a photograph of the 'last pair of riding boots made by Duckers, 2006'
Date: Jun 1998-Jul 2016
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 248
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 volumes)

B.2   Samples of shoes and patterns, with tools of the trade n.d., 2017

Shelfmarks

JL 956-958

Samples of shoe patterns, with tools of the trade
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: JL 956
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 files)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Sample mens shoes
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: JL 957
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises two mens full brogue shoes. Black leather, right foot, size 5.5 with different brogue patterns, n.d.

Sample tool for shoe aftercare
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: JL 958

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Wooden shoe tree in small size, with brass Ducker & Son plaque, n.d.

C   Photographs of the Ducker & Son shoe shop 2016

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Don. c. 249


Photographs of the Ducker & Son shoe shop in Turl Street, Oxford taken by Roger Gilboy in the months before the shop's closure in December 2016
Date: 2016
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 249
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

5 colour and 14 black and white photographs of the exterior and interior of the Ducker & Son shoe shop in 6 Turl Street, Oxford. The photographer, Roger Gilboy, donated the prints to the Library.

Acquisition:

Donated by Roger Gilboy, March 2017.


Shelfmark

MS. Don. c. 249

D   Further historical ledgers, account and advertising books 1919-1982

Immediate Source of Acquisition note: Purchased from Mallams, June 2017.Full range of shelfmarks

MSS. 15012/1-35


Ledger 15
Date: 1963-1982
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Ledger 16
Date: 1964-1981
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Ledger 17
Date: 1966-1982
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Ledger 18
Date: 1971-1982
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Order Book from 9395 to 11269
Date: 1919-1924
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

Starting with records for 1921 each order number is preceded by the last digit of the year in which the order was placed, ending with 411269.

Order Book from 11270 to 13144
Date: 1924-1927
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

Each order number is preceded by the last digit of the year in which the order was placed, so the first order in the book (placed in May 1924) is allocated the number 411270 and the last (placed in September 1927), 713144.

Order Book from 13145 to 15019
Date: 1927-1930
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

Each order number is preceded by the last digit of the year in which the order was placed, so the first order in the book (placed in September 1927) is allocated the number 713145 and the last (placed in September 1930), 015019.

Order Book from 15020 to 16894
Date: 1930-1935
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

With index. Each order number is preceded by the last digit of the year in which the order was placed, so the first order in the book (placed in October 1930) is allocated the number 015020 and the last (placed in July 1935), 516894.

Order Book from 16895 to 17839
Date: 1935-1938
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

Each order number is preceded by the last digit of the year in which the order was placed, so the first order in the book (placed in August 1935) is allocated the number 516895 and the last (placed in May 1938), 817839.

Order Book from 17840 to 18784
Date: 1938-1941
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

Each order number is preceded by the last digit of the year in which the order was placed, so the first order in the book (placed in May 1938) is allocated the number 817840 and the last (placed in January 1942), 218784.

Order Book from 18785 to 19729
Date: 1942-1947
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

Each order number is preceded by the last digit of the year in which the order was placed, so the first order in the book (placed in January 1942) is allocated the number 218785 and the last (placed in October 1947), 719729.

Order Book from 19730 to 20674 [actual orders to 20170]
Date: 1947-1959
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

Each order number is preceded by the last digit of the year in which the order was placed, so the first order in the book (placed in October 1947) is allocated the number 719730. The last completed order is [9]20170.

B.M. orders from 13001 to 15000
Date: Aug 1934-Feb 1944
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

The abbrevation B.M. denotes medium size of shoes.

B.M. orders from 15001 to 16000
Date: Jun 1947-Nov 1951 [sic]
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

The abbrevation B.M. denotes medium size of shoes.

B.M. orders from 16001 to 17000
Date: Jan 1944-Jun 1947 [sic]
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

The abbrevation B.M. denotes medium size of shoes.

B.M. orders from 17001 to 18000
Date: Oct 1951-Mar 1959
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

The abbrevation B.M. denotes medium size of shoes.

B.M. orders from 18001 to 19000
Date: Mar 1959-May 1988
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/17
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

The abbrevation B.M. denotes medium size of shoes.

Special Orders: sales from SO 3001 to SO 4000
Date: May 1959-Mar 1970
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/18
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Ledger E, no. 12 (Ladies Shop)
Date: 1937-1947
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/19
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

No. 12 refers to the address of the Ladies Shop at 12 Turl Street, Oxford. The Mens Shop was at 6 Turl Street.

Ledger F, no. 12 (Ladies Shop)
Date: 1941-1968
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/20
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

No. 12 refers to the address of the Ladies Shop at 12 Turl Street, Oxford. The Mens Shop was at 6 Turl Street.

Sales from 1001 to 1375 (accounts)
Date: Jan 1922-Mar 1924
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/21
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 1376 to 1749 (accounts)
Date: Mar 1924-Dec 1925
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/22
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 1750 to 2125 (accounts)
Date: Jan 1926-Jun 1927
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/23
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 2126 to 2500 (accounts)
Date: Jun 1927-Dec 1928
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/24
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 2501 to 2875 (accounts)
Date: Jan 1929-Aug 1930
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/25
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 2876 to 3250 (accounts)
Date: Aug 1930-Oct 1932
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 3251 to 3625 (accounts)
Date: Oct 1932-Feb 1935
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/27
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 3626 to 4000 (accounts)
Date: Feb 1935-May 1937
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/28
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 4001 to 4375 (accounts)
Date: May 1937-Jun 1939
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/29
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 4376 to 4750 (accounts)
Date: Jun 1939-Apr 1942
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/30
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 4751 to 5125 (accounts)
Date: Apr 1942-Nov 1948
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/31
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 5126 to 5500 (accounts)
Date: Nov 1948-May 1955
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/32
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Sales from 5501 to 5875 (accounts)
Date: May 1955-Feb 1962
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/33
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Volume recording Ducker & Son advertising, with samples of adverts and related correspondence
Date: 1926-1959
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/34
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

With index at the front, the volume details advertising opportunities pursued by Ducker & Son. Many are linked to the University of Oxford, its clubs and societies, and colleges (St John's Mummers, Keble Plays and New College Dairy). They also include schools (Magdalen College School), theatres (The Oxford Playhouse), hotels (Mitre, Randolph), pubs (The Lamb & Flag), agricultural shows (Thame, Wallingford) and hunts (Old Berkshire, Bicester). This is in addition to advertising ub magazines like Man and his clothes and various directories (Kelly's, Aubrey's, Midland Counties). Inserted between some relevant pages are orders, proofs, samples and related correspondence. At the back of the volume noted are orders for the shop: stationery, packing materials, grindery, silks and threads, coal and lamps as well as services of Henry F. Galpin, solicitor of George Street, Oxford.

'Analysis of trade expences'
Date: 1929-1931
Shelfmark: MS. 15012/35
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)


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