“It’s amazing the amount of crap you read these days about handmade this, no middlemen that, the best leather in the world etc. I feel that automatically if you read that on a website or ad, you should simply not believe it, especially when the shoe is for only $200-$300.
And it makes me fear for humanity’s intelligence when they actually believe this crap and are going around telling people that their shoes are handmade. Come on people!! Common sense, the art of deduction and pure logic would tell you that a shoe made in Europe cannot be handmade at this price when a handmade shoe usually takes around 40-60 man-hours of work (conservatively speaking) from the second you are ready to cut the leather…” Read full story here.
Silver plated brass, with ornamental floral engravings, iron thorn, 8.5 x 7.2 cm, accompanied by handwritten documentation, in glazed display case, (Lu)
According to handwritten documentation, the present shoe buckle comes from the estate of Imperial and Royal Court Shoemaker Karl Bühn. The confirmation reads:”Die nach dem am 16./9. 1911 erfolgten Ableben meines Vaters Karl Bühn, K. u. K Hofschuhmacher übernommene silberne Schuhschnalle rührt nach dessen Aussage von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart her. Selbe stammt aus dem Nachlass meines seeligen Urgroßvaters Matthias Knoller bürgl. Schuhmachermeister in Wien dessen Kunde der große Künstler gewesen ist. Marie Bühn.” [According to my father Karl Bühn, Imperial and Royal Court Shoemaker, the silver shoe buckle, which I inherited on 16 September 1911 after his death, originally belonged to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It comes from the estate of my late great-grandfather Matthias Knoller, master shoemaker in Vienna, who counted the great artist among his clients. Marie Bühn] A further handwritten note: “W. A. Mozart, Kunde meines seeligen Großvaters (Vater von Bühns Mutter war Schuhm. Knoller)” [W. A. Mozart, a client of my late grandfather’s (the father of Bühn’s mother was master shoemaker Knoller)]
Special thanks to Mr. Matei Ladea and Mr. Alex Dragan from loake.ro