Originally Posted by Orgetorix
First, holy crap those are beautiful. How did you come by them?
I can't say this for sure, but I would not be surprised if they were made by the actual Peal & Co. firm, before they went out of business and sold their name to Brooks. That was in the 50s or 60s, and the royal warrant reference makes me think they could be that old. The quality would match, too - Peal were a bespoke firm and did very nice stuff. In fact, they probably did better quality work than Edward Green did before Hlustik bought them in 1983. I've seen a few Peals from back then and they're nice, but not remarkably better than today's C&J and AS Peals.
If you can link any of the numbers inside to a historic EG last number, that would disprove my theory.
I don't know if @bengal-stripe
is still around, but he might be able to help.
I know I sound like a shill but I've handled everything from modern JLP bespoke, Yohei Fukuda bespoke, Foster & Sons, modern G&G/EG/JL rtw, etc. The quality of this leather is on a completely different level. The only thing I can compare it to was this pair of vintage Lobb Londons I restored a few years ago which had a very similar texture/feel:LINK
When I first picked these up I assumed they were NOS Peal bespoke, because the finishing level was so high, the uppers were so flawless, the soles were stamped, and the last just screamed bespoke. After looking closer, it definitely looks like these were worn at some point (and the uppers are just that resilient). I can't say for sure whether these were made by Peal or Edward Green, but the nomenclature is consistent with shoes EG made for Brooks in the 80s and 90s. Perhaps they just adopted it from Peal?
Similar pairs (albeit without this exact warrant) have recently been sold on ebay, and the Sellers provided their own accounts of the relationship between EG, Peal and BB in these days. Not sure where they got their information.LINKLINK
Funny you mention Bengal, I found this old thread about Peal from 2003 which gives additional clues. Everything seems to indicate these were made by Peal or EG for Brooks Brothers to bespoke standards, somewhere between the years 1936 and 1952. How they managed to survive all those years in this condition is truly remarkable.LINKEdited by nate10184 - 11/9/15 at 9:56am