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Pair of Wellington boots - Hunter Green

Hunter Green

  • Object:

    Pair of Wellington boots

  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (made)

  • Date:

    1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gates Rubber Company (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rubber

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gates Rubber Company Ltd

  • Museum number:

    T.361&A-1989

  • Gallery location:

    On display in the Scottish Design Galleries, V&A Dundee []

The first Wellington boot (in leather) appeared in 1817 as a modification of the first Duke of Wellington's Hessian style boot. By 1856 the North British Rubber Company had been founded in Edinburgh by American entrepreneur Henry Lee Norris who imported skilled American workers and machinery to manufacture the first rubber Wellington boot. The company made over one million pairs of waterproof boots for the British army during the First World War.

The classic Hunter "Wellie" first came on the market in 1958. Ingeniously constructed of twenty-one individually shaped pieces of 100% rubber it is completely waterproof. In the 1980s the boots became a fashion accessory associated with the urban middle and upper-classes who idealised the lives of rural gentry. Indeed, the Official Sloane Ranger Handbook states in reference to their ubiquity in early-1980s west London that ‘London Sloanes sprout green [Hunter] wellies in wet weather like a plague of frogs’.

Physical description

Pair of wellington boots.

Place of Origin

Scotland (made)

Date

1989 (made)

Artist/maker

Gates Rubber Company (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Rubber

Marks and inscriptions

'HUNTER / MADE IN BRITAIN / Gates'

Object history note

Registered File number 1989/1542.

Descriptive line

Pair of wellington boots 'Hunter Green', made by Gates Rubber Company, Great Britain, 1989.

Labels and date

HUNTER RUBBER WELLINGTON BOOTS
Gates Rubber Company Ltd, Dumfries, Scotland
Green rubber
1989

The first Wellington boot (in leather) appeared in 1817 as a modification of the first Duke of Wellington's Hessian style boot. By 1856 the North British Rubber Company had been founded in Edinburgh by American entrepeneur Henry Lee Norris who imported skilled American workers and machinery to manufacture the first rubber Wellington boot. The Hunter "Wellie" was designed thirty-five years ago. Ingeniously constructed of twenty-one individually shaped pieces of 100% rubber it is completely waterproof. Over the past decade, and in no small part due to photographs of Princess Diana, the Wellie has undergone a surge in popularity and been transformed from practical footwear to an accessory that epitomizes the look of an idealised rural Britain.

Given by Gates Rubber Company Ltd
T.361 & a-1989 []

Materials

Rubber

Categories

Footwear; Fashion; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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