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Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:30 pm

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A listing of silversmiths and allied trades working on the islands of Jersey and Guernsey in the year 1833.

Jersey

Anderson, J. 1, Halkett Place.
Damer, J. 7, Library Place.
De Gruchy. 2, Brook Street.
Falle, T. 29, Beresford Street.
Hamon, George. 48, King Street.
Ireland, H. 23, King Street.
Kerby, F. 10, Royal Square.
Le Fortier, S. 17, King Street.
Lee, H. King Street.
Plummer, S. 38, Parade Place.
Quesnel, C.W. 9, Broad Street.
Quesnel, J. Library Place.
Sebire, A.P. 4, Broad Street.
Toutain, L.D. 14, Library Place.

Guernsey

Allen, John George. Market Place.
Bodilly, Nicholas. High Street.
Bolt, Robert. Pollet Street.
Collenette, Joseph. High Street.
David, Ambrose.* Market Street.
Deacon, William.* Mill Street.
De Garis, Thomas. High Street.
Le Page, John. Pollet Street.
Le Page, John & William. High Street.
Naftel, Paul. Le Boutillier's Arcade.
Naftel, Thomas A.* Cornet Street.
Paint, James. Mill Street.
Tilbury, John. High Street.

*Watchmaker only.


Source: The Strangers' Guide to the Islands of Guernsey and Jersey: Embracing a Brief History of Their Situation, Extent, Population, Laws, Customs, Public Buildings, Amusements, Antiquities, Climate, and Productions, Vegetable and Mineral : Together with a Complete Commercial Directory of Both Islands ...
Published by J. E. Collins, 1833


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Postby dognose » Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:13 pm

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Some notes on the above persons.

Jersey

James Anderson: Silversmith, Jeweller, Watch and Clockmaker. Working 1832-1852. Also listed as at Cattle Street, St Helier.

John Damer: Born 1801 at St Helier. Listed in Jersey Almanacs of 1843 and 1868 as Silversmith, Jeweller and Watchmaker. He appears in Jersey census of 1861 as Watchmaker and Hotel Proprietor.

Thomas De Gruchy: Born 1778. Set up in business on his own account in 1822. In 1831 he took John Le Gallais, who may have been his apprentice, into partnership. De Gruchy died 1846 with the business passing to Le Gallais.

George Hamon: probably apprenticed to his father, also George, he inherited his father's business around 1810 and was still working in 1834.

Henry Ireland: Moved to Broad Street by 1845 were he was listed as Silversmith, Jeweller and Watchmaker.

Francis Kerby: Probably the son and apprentice of John Kerby. He is known to have been working 1832-1853 as Clock and Watchmaker and Silversmith.

Augustus (?) Le Fortier: Clockmaker. Moved to 7, King Street in 1837 and to Halkett Place in 1845.

H. Lee: Also at Seal Street. Listed in Jersey Almanacs in 1843 and 1845 as Silversmith, Jeweller and Watchmaker.

Samuel Plummer: Watch and Clockmaker.

Charles William Quesnel: Moved to 21, Broad Street by 1834 and to 6, Broad Street by 1843. The Jersey Almanac of 1843 lists him as Silversmith, Watchmaker and Jeweller. He retired between 1845-1850 and died in 1856.

Jacques Quesnel: Probably apprentice of his father, also Jacques, he inherited his father's business in 1821 and died in 1843.

Louis Toutain: Listed as a Silversmith and Watchmaker in the Jersey Almanacs of 1843 and 1868, also working at Broad Street in 1853.

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Postby dognose » Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:03 pm

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Some details on names in the Guernsey listing.

John George Allen.: Known to have been working as a Goldsmith, Jeweller, Clock and Watchmaker, 1824-1874.

Nicholas Bodilly.: A watchmaker recorded as working 1821. There was also a N. Bodily working in London in 1825, perhaps a brief career away from the Islands?

Joseph Collenette.: A Joseph Collenette, Jeweller, is recorded in the Jersey census of 1861 as being born in Guernsey in 1841, this was presumably the son of the Joseph listed.

Paul Jacob Naftel.: Son of Thomas Andrew Naftel, he was a distinguished artist.

Thomas Andrew Naftel.: Born 1759 and apprenticed to his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Naftel who were well-known clockmakers. He spent some time working in London c.1790.

Le Page: This is almost certainly Jean Le Page I & II. Goldsmiths and Watchmakers. This firm remained in business until the 1940's.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:25 pm

EDWARD JOHN GALLICHAN

16, Royal Square, Jersey.

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E J Gallichan - Jersey - 1881

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The name of 'Gallichan' had long been associated, at least, with the retailing of silver at Jersey. In 1790 one Matthieu Gallichan placed the following advertisement that appeared in the local newspapers: Mr Gallichan will sell by auction at the 'Duke of York' in Jersey, six pairs of silver chandeliers, 30 pairs of silver plaques, 4 silver coffee pots. Also known to be in the trade was John Gallichan, the father of the above, Edward John Gallichan. It is likely that both father and son overmarked imported silverware.

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Image taken of the interior of E.J.Gallichan & Co. Ltd. in 1961.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:20 am

G. LEVY

DIED

On the 27th of May last, in this city, Mr G. Levy, aged 75, formerly of Guernsey, Goldsmith and Ship-broker, where he resided for upwards of forty years, universally esteemed for his integrity and benvolence. During the last seven years he laboured under severe affliction from paralytic attack, which he bore with religious fortitude. He was a tender husband, kind father, and sincere friend.


Source: Trewman's Exeter Flying Post - 5th September 1822

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:12 am

J.A. BAKER

3, Queen Street, Jersey.

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J A Baker - Jersey - 1881

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:34 pm

JERSEY GRANITE JEWELLERY

In the second half of the 19th century a popular souvenir for the tourist visiting the Channel Islands was Jersey granite jewellery. No doubt inspired by the popularity of Scottish pebble jewellery, these keepsakes, which I believe are still available for sale on the islands today, were sold by many retailers and it is possible, although I've not knowingly seen any, that some of these items may have been marked with, at least, the name of the retailer.

Below are some period advertisements that include these wares:

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Creese - Jersey - 1881

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P. Le Geyt - Jersey - 1881

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E. Matthews - Jersey - 1881

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby MCB » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:31 am

MR CREESE’S STOCK OF BARRY’S TRICOPHEROUS

Websites show this product was first made in 1840 by Alexander C Barry of New York, analysed in 1893 and found to contain 91% alcohol, 1.5% castor oil, 1% tincture of canathides (Spanish fly) and some fragrant oils. In 1850 it had sold for $1 per oblong shaped bottle on three sides of which was embossed “For the Hair”.
“Professor” Barry, as he was known, has undoubtedly long been in a position to not be concerned about my scepticism concerning the three sided instruction as to the purpose of his product but it must have seemed perfectly obvious at the time that, if consumed, not only would it supply a strong drink there were other bonuses of helping keep one regular, smelling nice and whatever the effect of the other 1% might be.
Before gentlemen Forum Members rush out to purchase a bottle, as the product is still on sale, I should warn that analysis in 1920 showed the alcohol content had reduced to 81%. The other 19% isn’t mentioned either so perhaps these ingredients made one go more regularly and smell even nicer but may not have had any other bonus. It should also be held in mind that the present product is advertised with no list of contents, is recommended for use not only by men but women and children too and may cost more than $1.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:46 am

A.P. ROGER Ltd

Commercial Arcade, Guernsey

This firm have their own thread, to be found at: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=21274

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:20 am

HETTICH Ltd.

1, King Street, St. Helier, Jersey

Part of an article published in 1961 by the Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith magazine.

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Hettich Ltd. are very proud of their corner position at 1, King Street. After 60 years in the island they consider that they have "arrived" having ended the probationary period which all "foreigners" from the mainland are forced to undergo. The founder of the firm, 83-year-old Mr. E.W. Hettich, as chairman, still takes an active interest in the business. His father was the proprietor of J. Hettich & Sons, of Cardiff, and set up the Jersey branch in 1900.

When the Cardiff business was closed down, Mr. E.W.Hettich came over to manage the Jersey branch. His fellow directors today are Mrs. A.M. Hettich and her nephew, Mr. A.B. Chinn F.G.A. A spokesman of the firm told us that the competition in Jersey could not be paralleled with anything on the mainland. He blamed the continental suppliers of watches for doing business with Channel Islands firms without the proper knowledge or repair facilities. At present, the only defence for a quality jewellers to stock the best brands only, and to back them up with a first-class service. In his opinion the lowering of tariffs within the Common Market would eventually weed out the Channel Island traders at present profiting from tax differentials. Staff training is very thorough at Hettich's and includes the French language to help staff serve the considerable number of summer visitors from the Continent.


Source: Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith - April 1961

Edwin Wyndham Hettich was born in Cardiff in 1879. He was the son of Julius Hettich, a German clock maker and jeweller. He was educated in Wales, then sent to Germany to learn the fundamentals of watch-making before joining his father's business in Cardiff at the age of 14.
Julius Hettich acquired the premises at 1 King Street, Jersey in 1900. Julius decided to stay in Cardiff and Edwin, at 21, took on the running of the Jersey branch.

Edwin married Ethel Frances Saunders, a staff member from the previous proprietor who continued to work under the new ownership, in 1901.
The following year their daughter Agnes was born. She was to become a key member in the running of the shop. Their second daughter Freida was born in 1904. The family lived above the shop.

In 1934 Hettich became a limited liability company and Edwin moved from town to live in a newly built house above First Tower. In the same year, Antony Chinn, son of Edwin's second daughter Freida and James B Chinn, was born. Having no son himself, Edwin earmarked Antony to be his successor in the business.

In 1939 England declared war on Germany, and the German occupation of Jersey began in July 1940. During the course of the Occupation, Edwin's home at First Tower was commandeered by the German Army as an officers' billet, so he and his family moved back to live above the shop once more.
Because of his German name, Edwin encountered certain hostilities during the Occupation. However, in general, he was highly regarded and recognised for his contribution to public service and his ability to translate optical prescriptions into German was greatly valued.

Edwin was elected to The States in 1948, as Deputy for St Helier. From 1953-1966 he was President of the Public Works Committee.
As Edwin dedicated more and more time to public service, the optical side of the business was phased out and it fell to his eldest daughter Agnes to take more responsibility in the shop.
In 1954, Antony Chinn returned from his London training at The Central School of Art to begin working in the shop. He held the honour of being the first Jerseyman to become a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

In 1959 Antony Chinn's first son Jeffrey was born. He studied jewellery in London at St John Cass College, followed by further training at Sotheby's and Asprey, and entered the business in 1984. He gained a Diploma of the National Association of Goldsmiths and, like his father, became a Fellow of the Gemmological Association.

Hettich continue in business today and now in their 112th year of trading.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:45 am

H.A. ASSINDER Ltd.

2,4,6, Queen Street, St. Helier, Jersey.

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H.A. Assinder Ltd. - St. Helier - 1961

H.A. Assinder Ltd. were established in c.1936.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:06 am

THE JEWELLERS & SILVERSMITHS Co. Ltd.

16-18, High Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey

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The Jewellers & Silversmiths Co. Ltd. - St Peter Port - 1961

The Jewellers & Silversmiths Co. were established in 1896 by E.W. Bachmann, a former employee of A.P. Roger (see: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=21274). The firm remained in the Bachmann family until at least the 1960's.

In the above image, note the Guernsey milk can hanging above the shop.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:18 am

N. ST. J. PAINT & SON

26 & 29 Le Pollet, St Peter Port, Guernsey

Founded in 1946 by N. St. J. Paint, whose grandfather had previously been a jeweller at Guernsey. The firm made a Guernsey milk can that was presented to Princess Margaret on the occasion of her wedding in 1960. The speciality of the firm was the mounting of ormer shell.

The firm is still in business today and still in the hands of the Paint family, with Michael Paint being the managing director.

Recent images of the firms premises can be found at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10523794
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10537256

and an interview with Michael Paint can be found here:

http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonli ... ?ID=489748

Perhaps to be identified with James Paint of Mill Street, Guernsey, recorded as working in 1833.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

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THOMAS De GRUCHY

2, Brook Street, St. Helier, Jersey

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Thomas De Gruchy was born in 1778 and established his business c.1822. He may have been the son of the clockmaker, Matthew De Gruchy.

In 1831 he took John Le Gallias into partnership, and following the death of De Gruchy on the 21st October 1846, aged 68 years, the business passed to Le Gallias.

Thomas De Gruchy was a known maker of silver flatware, and also of gold rings.

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Engraving on a Thomas De Gruchy tablespoon.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

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THOMAS De GRUCHY & JOHN Le GALLAIS

2, Brook Street, St. Helier, Jersey

The partnership of Thomas De Gruchy and John Le Gallais lasted from 1831 until De Gruchy's death in 1846.

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JOHN Le GALLAIS

2, Brook Street, St. Helier, Jersey

Following the death of his partner Thomas De Gruchy in 1846, John Le Gallais continued with the business alone. He was likely to be the last of the Jersey spoonmakers, but many of the spoons that he sold were the work of English silversmiths with a 'JLG' overstriking that of the original maker.

John Le Gallais was in business until 1873. The business was continued by H. Hollinshed.


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Tablespoon, 8 5/8" (22cm) in length. Fiddle pattern (front).

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Tablespoon, 8 5/8" (22cm) in length. Fiddle pattern (back).

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Engraving on a John Le Gallais tablespoon.

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The mark that identifies John Le Gallais's own work.

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A probable later version of the same set of marks, now showing cracks appearing in the punches.

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A typical overstrike by Le Gallais, this mark will be found with accompanying English hallmarks.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:47 pm

EDGAR BROTHERS

43, Halkett Place, St. Helier, Jersey

Henry Albert Edgar (aka Albert E. Edgar) was born in England in 1829, as a working jeweller he arrived in Jersey around 1850 and became an employee of John Le Gallais (the 1871 census shows an address of 14, Vine Street). Working on his own account as from c.1874, this business was known as A. Edgar & Son by 1888 (the 1891 census shows the address of 6, Library Place). He took over the business of J. Pope Genge in 1899. He was married to Amelia, who was also born in England. He had three sons who entered the trade, Charles W. Edgar, Alfred E. Edgar, and Arthur H. Edgar, they were all born in St. Helier. Edgar Brothers were in business around the early 1900's period, this was a partnership between Charles and Arthur, with their sister, Alice, also working in the business (as shown by the 1901 census). The other brother, Alfred, had a separate business, located at 3, New Street, St. Helier. Alfred was married to Georgina.

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A. Edgar et Fils - St. Helier - 1892

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:32 pm

JEAN GARVEY

King Street, St Helier

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Jean Gavey was born c.1690 and was known to have worked as from c.1715. The crowned I.G maker's mark of Gavey was probably continued in its use by his son Edouard up until c.1775. Edouard was born in Jersey c. 1734 and may have served an apprenticeship in London before returning to Jersey. Edouard was known to be working for the period 1755-1775.

Jean Gavey was a prolific maker, his manufactures include ecclesiastical pieces, sword hilts, beakers, casters, bowls, forks and trefid and Hanoverian spoons. Amongst his surviving work are a pair of flagons dated 1766, an alms dish dated 1731, a wavy-edge platter dated 1740, a wine cup dated 1747 and baptismal dishes dated 1748 and 1750.

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:45 pm

JEAN PIERRE du PORT

St. Peter Port, Guernsey

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Working period 1770's until 1788.

On April the 4th, the premises of Jean Pierre du Port, the well known goldsmith and ironmonger of Guernsey, were burnt down.

Source: Gazette de l'Isle - Volume 2 - 1788

Auction sale in Guernsey of goods, hardware, silver watches, gilt metal, silver, rings, gold pins etc. which belonged to Jean Pierre du Port, Ironmonger and Goldsmith of St Peter Port, his premises having burned down.

Source: Gazette de l'Isle - 31st May 1788

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Re: Silversmiths & Allied Trades - The Channel Islands

Postby dognose » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:41 am

CHARLES T. MAINE

35, King Street, St. Helier, Jersey

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Early 1900's

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1961

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Jersey Evening Post - 12th September 2009

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1896

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C.T. Maine box detail

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Interior image taken in the early 2000's - 1

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Interior image taken in the early 2000's - 2

C.T. Maine were established in 1890 and were a continuation of the use of the premises formerly occupied by De Gruchy, Le Gallais, and Hollinshed, situated on the corner of Brook Street and King Street. C.T. Maine closed its doors for the final time at the end of 2009.

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Death of a Militiaman. We regret to have to record the death of a young militiaman of the Town Battalion. Private Edward Hocquard Syvret passed away last evening at his parents residence, 2 Lurline, Greve d'Azette after a short illness. The deceased who was in his 20th year was formerly employed at Dunsfords Ltd and latterly at Mr C T Maine and was highly respected by all he came into contact with. He contracted a chill whilst on outpost duty and this turned into meningitis from which the unfortunate militiaman succumbed. The interment, which in all probability will be of a military nature, is fixed for Saturday at 3pm. The first portion of the burial service taking place at St Helier Parish Church.

Source: Jersey Evening Post - 25th March 1915

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