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The early EG-made Peals from the 70s will have a stamped production number. The stamped sizing and model numbers followed the original Peal marking pattern. That yours have a hand-written 5-digit production number above the word 'London' indicates early-mid 80s. After that, Peals were made by C&J and are now also made by Alfred Sargent. The EG Peals are great shoes and a real find, and yours have the original soles.
Yes, they were made by Edward Green. And the 1102 is the size - 11 B or C width.
Can you tell me how you are dating the Bostonian alligators? Is the lining half leather, half cloth? Can you tell me the inner numerical markings? I have a pair of unworn Bostonians in shell that I think are probably around the same age. Be interested in comparing the numbers.
By the way... in Nate's link, above, there is some discussion about the color of those old shells. That clear, transparent, warm red-brown is what #8 used to look like. It is not from sun-fading, which produces a very different effect. The color we call #8 today is a different thing from what it was twenty or thirty years ago. Even ten, in some cases. I have a pair of Aldens still in the box, purchased in the late 90s. Their color is not the dark purple, almost black of...
^ Yes. I have a pair of 1980s EGs made under the Peal BB label. The fit is incomparable. I inquired at EG, not about repair but about having another pair or two made on the same last and was told it no longer exists. Nick Valenti suggested to me that BB, not EG, probably owned the lasts and that after production ceased they were destroyed or in some other way rendered non-existent for any practical purpose. I wonder what would happen if I tried to return them to the...
The Brooks English marked with European sizing were made by Cheaney. And yes, I have seen some that resemble current Alden-made BB models, in shell. Quite uncommon but they did exist.
^ They're probably mid-80s. Very nice find.
The elongated lower-case typface is the logo of Alfred Dunhill, designed early 20th c to resemble the shape of pipes, which were their original product. Dunhill London is Alfred Dunhill. There was a NY custom tailor named Dunhill's. I believe Alfred Dunhill bought them up several decades ago to rid the market of name confusion.
Confirmed C&J. I just compared the inner marks to a marked pair of C&J I own, made in the late 60s. The numbers are consistent.
The inner numerical marking strongly indicates Cheney. The quality of the sole and heel work is far better than any Cheney I have seen, making C&J a possibility. A nice find.
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