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Cobbler Collection

Step into the world of cobblers, where craftsmanship and tradition intertwine with stories from different eras

Background imageCobbler Collection: Various shoemaking tools

Various shoemaking tools
Various tools used by a shoemaker or cobbler, including scissors, pliers, hammers, a skewer, a ruler and strong thread

Background imageCobbler Collection: Integrity retiring from Office!, 1801

Integrity retiring from Office!, 1801
Integrity retiring from Office!, Pub. 1801 (hand coloured engraving). William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) resigns as Prime Minister in protest at Kings rejection of the bills to unite England

Background imageCobbler Collection: Cobblers shop front, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Cobblers shop front, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
View of a cobblers shop front in St David s, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales. The cobbler and his apprentice (possibly his son) stand outside the shop

Background imageCobbler Collection: Victorian Shoemaker

Victorian Shoemaker
A Victorian shoemaker in his workshop

Background imageCobbler Collection: Giant Makes the Wrekin

Giant Makes the Wrekin
A giant intends to dam the Seven & flood Shrewsbury, but a cobbler persuades the giant that it is a very long way, so the giant gives up & dumps his load creating the Wrekin

Background imageCobbler Collection: Village Cobbler 1937

Village Cobbler 1937
The village cobbler working by the light of his oil lamp in his workshop in Congresbury, Somerset, England

Background imageCobbler Collection: Boy Repairs Boots / 1930

Boy Repairs Boots / 1930
A boy is taught to mend his own boots in classes at a London School

Background imageCobbler Collection: Puss tries on his new Boots at the Cobblers Shop

Puss tries on his new Boots at the Cobblers Shop. Illustration to a fairytale by Charles Perrault, first published 1697

Background imageCobbler Collection: Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker

Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker
An Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker, working on a pile of shoes

Background imageCobbler Collection: Edwin Macklow, second generation cobbler at work in his fathers shop

Edwin Macklow, second generation cobbler at work in his fathers shop

Background imageCobbler Collection: Thessaloniki, Greece - Cobblers - Arch of Galerius

Thessaloniki, Greece - Cobblers - Arch of Galerius
Thessaloniki, Greece - Cobblers working beneath the 4th century Triumphal Arch of Galerius (part of the Rotunda Complex). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCobbler Collection: Scotland: The Cobbler, Arrochar (b / w photo)

Scotland: The Cobbler, Arrochar (b / w photo)
5204135 Scotland: The Cobbler, Arrochar (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Cobbler, Arrochar)

Background imageCobbler Collection: A worker at the Mansfield shoe factory in Northampton, cutting out a leather shoe upper

A worker at the Mansfield shoe factory in Northampton, cutting out a leather shoe upper. 26th April 1956

Background imageCobbler Collection: A woman machinist seen here of the factory floor of J Searsy of Northampton sewing uppers

A woman machinist seen here of the factory floor of J Searsy of Northampton sewing uppers. 6th April 1930

Background imageCobbler Collection: Mark Macklow is third generation cobbler at his grandfathers shop in Gateshead

Mark Macklow is third generation cobbler at his grandfathers shop in Gateshead

Background imageCobbler Collection: Edwin Macklow, first generation cobbler at work in his shop

Edwin Macklow, first generation cobbler at work in his shop

Background imageCobbler Collection: The Travelling Cobbler

The Travelling Cobbler
Children sit on a grass verge and watch The Travelling Cobbler repairing shoes from the back of his van. Date: early 1930s

Background imageCobbler Collection: Man making clogs

Man making clogs, Alkmar market, Holland, Europe

Engraving depicting a cobbler, 19th century
5308894 Engraving depicting a cobbler, 19th century; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a cobbler. Dated 19th century 01/02/1892); Universal History Archive/UIG.

Background imageCobbler Collection: Shoemakers workshops, some of the employees are children. Italy 1897 Photography

Shoemakers workshops, some of the employees are children. Italy 1897 Photography
FGL5496256 Shoemakers workshops, some of the employees are children. Italy 1897 Photography; Fototeca Gilardi.

Cobbler's Quarters, 1860s (oil on fabric)
XOS5879739 Cobbler's Quarters, 1860s (oil on fabric) by Duplessy, Jean-Alphonse (1817-c.1872); 60.5x51.2 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Jeremy Nobbler, the cobbler (colour litho)
8642523 Jeremy Nobbler, the cobbler (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jeremy Nobbler, the cobbler)

Ancient sandal maker as pictured on the wall of the ruined temples at Thebes, Egypt (litho)
8641596 Ancient sandal maker as pictured on the wall of the ruined temples at Thebes, Egypt (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Runaway, Saddle-bags, Safety-lamp, Safety-valve, Sand-piper, School-teacher, Scorpion, Screw-driver, Sea-lion
8650106 Runaway, Saddle-bags, Safety-lamp, Safety-valve, Sand-piper, School-teacher, Scorpion, Screw-driver, Sea-lion, Serenade, Sheep-shearing, Shoemaker (engraving) by German School

Background imageCobbler Collection: An ancient Roman market scene, shoemakers, etc (engraving)

An ancient Roman market scene, shoemakers, etc (engraving)
8647324 An ancient Roman market scene, shoemakers, etc (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: An ancient Roman market scene, shoemakers, etc)

Background imageCobbler Collection: Hans Sachs (1494-1576), German poet, 19th (engraving)

Hans Sachs (1494-1576), German poet, 19th (engraving)
UTD4914489 Hans Sachs (1494-1576), German poet, 19th (engraving); (add.info.: Hans Sachs (1494-1576), German poet, Meistersinger and shoemaker, from Nuremberg

Medieval shoes and boots in England. Gold-fretted shoe worn by Henry III 1
FLO4603250 Medieval shoes and boots in England. Gold-fretted shoe worn by Henry III 1, decorated shoes from the reign of Edward III (2-6)

Woman's high-heel shoe design in beige leather within abstract art deco border
FLO4603139 Woman's high-heel shoe design in beige leather within abstract art deco border. Chromolithograph from Andre Camy's La Chausage d'Art, The Art Shoe, August-September, Paris

Woman's high-heel shoe design in purple leather with red lace-up panel
FLO4603099 Woman's high-heel shoe design in purple leather with red lace-up panel and snakeskin toe within abstract art deco shooting star border

Woman's buckle shoe from Maison Jean Peraro in ivory leather with snakeskin detail in art deco border
FLO4603070 Woman's buckle shoe from Maison Jean Peraro in ivory leather with snakeskin detail in art deco border. Chromolithograph from Andre Camy's La Chausage d'Art, The Art Shoe

Background imageCobbler Collection: Woman's brogue shoe design in pale leather within an art deco abstract border

Woman's brogue shoe design in pale leather within an art deco abstract border
FLO4603064 Woman's brogue shoe design in pale leather within an art deco abstract border. Chromolithograph from Andre Camy's La Chausage d'Art, The Art Shoe, August-September, Paris

Background imageCobbler Collection: Shoes, boots and sandals of ancient Rome. Cothurnus boot 1, rustic sandal 2, open-toe shoe 3

Shoes, boots and sandals of ancient Rome. Cothurnus boot 1, rustic sandal 2, open-toe shoe 3, centurion's sandal 4
FLO4603126 Shoes, boots and sandals of ancient Rome. Cothurnus boot 1, rustic sandal 2, open-toe shoe 3, centurion's sandal 4, spiked sandal for marching 5, nailed sandal sole 6, shoe sandal 7

Background imageCobbler Collection: Cobblers making sandals in ancient Egypt, with examples of curved-toe sandal 1

Cobblers making sandals in ancient Egypt, with examples of curved-toe sandal 1, palm-leaf sandals 2,3
FLO4603174 Cobblers making sandals in ancient Egypt, with examples of curved-toe sandal 1, palm-leaf sandals 2,3,, 4 and leather close-laced shoe 5. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from J

Background imageCobbler Collection: The shoemaker's of London celebrating the day of the Patron's Saint, St Crispin, 1850

The shoemaker's of London celebrating the day of the Patron's Saint, St Crispin, 1850
3478071 The shoemaker's of London celebrating the day of the Patron's Saint, St Crispin, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the shoemaker's of London celebrating the day of)

Background imageCobbler Collection: An itinerant shoemaker, Hong Kong, c.1903

An itinerant shoemaker, Hong Kong, c.1903
UIG5418874 An itinerant shoemaker, Hong Kong, c.1903 by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: An itinerant shoemaker sits on a stool, smoking a long pipe at his street stall in Hong Kong)

Background imageCobbler Collection: A Cobbler, Damascus (colour litho)

A Cobbler, Damascus (colour litho)
8650853 A Cobbler, Damascus (colour litho) by Thomas, Margaret (1843-1929); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Cobbler, Damascus)

Background imageCobbler Collection: Woman's high-heel strap shoe design in blue leather within abstract art deco border

Woman's high-heel strap shoe design in blue leather within abstract art deco border
FLO4603131 Woman's high-heel strap shoe design in blue leather within abstract art deco border. Chromolithograph from Andre Camy's La Chausage d'Art, The Art Shoe, August-September

Background imageCobbler Collection: Woman's high-heel strap shoe design in purple leather within abstract art deco border

Woman's high-heel strap shoe design in purple leather within abstract art deco border
FLO4603123 Woman's high-heel strap shoe design in purple leather within abstract art deco border. Chromolithograph from Andre Camy's La Chausage d'Art, The Art Shoe, August-September

Background imageCobbler Collection: Woman's shoe design in salmon pink leather with buckle from the Maison Jean Peraro within abstract

Woman's shoe design in salmon pink leather with buckle from the Maison Jean Peraro within abstract art deco border
FLO4603112 Woman's shoe design in salmon pink leather with buckle from the Maison Jean Peraro within abstract art deco border

Background imageCobbler Collection: Woman's shoe design in jade green leather within an art deco abstract foliage border

Woman's shoe design in jade green leather within an art deco abstract foliage border
FLO4603076 Woman's shoe design in jade green leather within an art deco abstract foliage border. Chromolithograph from Andre Camy's La Chausage d'Art, The Art Shoe, August-September

Background imageCobbler Collection: European shoes and boots: Russian boot 1, Russian woman's sandal 2, Finnish woman's sandal 3

European shoes and boots: Russian boot 1, Russian woman's sandal 2, Finnish woman's sandal 3
FLO4603217 European shoes and boots: Russian boot 1, Russian woman's sandal 2, Finnish woman's sandal 3, Finnish woman's slipper 4, Finnish bejeweled shoes 5,6

Background imageCobbler Collection: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, opera by R. Wagner. c.1900 (chromo)

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, opera by R. Wagner. c.1900 (chromo)
3433694 The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, opera by R. Wagner. c.1900 (chromo); (add.info.: Music. Classical music. Hans sachs, the cobbler)

Background imageCobbler Collection: Bloomfield as Working Shoemaker (engraving)

Bloomfield as Working Shoemaker (engraving)
8673794 Bloomfield as Working Shoemaker (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bloomfield as Working Shoemaker)

Background imageCobbler Collection: Trade card for Challis and Son, boot and ladies' shoe maker, Norwich (engraving)

Trade card for Challis and Son, boot and ladies' shoe maker, Norwich (engraving)
8677725 Trade card for Challis and Son, boot and ladies' shoe maker, Norwich (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Trade card for Challis and Son)

Background imageCobbler Collection: Unhairing Skins (colour litho)

Unhairing Skins (colour litho)
8638918 Unhairing Skins (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Unhairing Skins)

Background imageCobbler Collection: Dyeing Skins (colour litho)

Dyeing Skins (colour litho)
8638919 Dyeing Skins (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Dyeing Skins. Illustration for A Day with Leather Workers (Henry Frowde)

Background imageCobbler Collection: Coal-mine, Coal-train, Cobbler, Cobweb, Cock-fight, Coffee, Coffin, Cog-wheel, Collar, Colter

Coal-mine, Coal-train, Cobbler, Cobweb, Cock-fight, Coffee, Coffin, Cog-wheel, Collar, Colter, Column
8650041 Coal-mine, Coal-train, Cobbler, Cobweb, Cock-fight, Coffee, Coffin, Cog-wheel, Collar, Colter, Column, Comet (engraving) by German School

Background imageCobbler Collection: Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing)

Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing)
8713000 Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing); 22 x 17 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Writing method in relation to the teaching of reading by F)



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Step into the world of cobblers, where craftsmanship and tradition intertwine with stories from different eras. From the humble shoemaking tools to the grandeur of a Victorian shoemaker's workshop, these glimpses into history reveal the artistry behind every pair of shoes. In 1801, as Integrity retired from office, cobblers continued their tireless work in St Davids, Pembrokeshire. The cobbler's shop front stood as a testament to their dedication and skill, serving the community with pride. Transporting us back even further is a captivating image of a giant crafting shoes for the mighty Wrekin mountain. Legends like these remind us that cobblers have always played an essential role in our folklore. Fast forward to 1937 when village life thrived, and a young boy diligently repaired boots at his local cobbler's shop. His hands told tales of resilience and resourcefulness during challenging times. Meanwhile, mischievous Puss couldn't resist trying on his new boots at the cobbler's shop. Even cats appreciate quality footwear. Venturing beyond borders takes us to Thessaloniki, Greece - where cobblers under Arch of Galerius carry on this timeless trade. Their expertise echoes through generations as they create beautiful shoes for locals and visitors alike. Scotland beckons with its breathtaking landscapes captured in black-and-white photos; among them stands The Cobbler in Arrochar - an iconic peak inspiring both hikers and cobblers seeking inspiration from nature's majesty. Closer to home lies Northamptonshire, England - known for its shoe factories since time immemorial. Here we find workers meticulously cutting out leather shoe uppers at Mansfield factory—a testament to British craftsmanship that has stood strong throughout centuries. As we conclude this journey through time and space within the realm of cobbling traditions worldwide let us not forget Irish leprechauns or fairy shoemakers, who are said to possess unparalleled skills in crafting magical footwear.