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Postby dognose » Wed May 28, 2014 9:21 am

HENRY LYALL

4, Old Bridge Street, later, 22 Newmarket Street, Ayr


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Henry Lyall - Ayr - 1926

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H. Lyall - Ayr - 1934

Established in 1923 and continuing today.

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PETER WYLIE DAVIDSON

3, Ruskin Square, Glasgow


Mystery Of The Brooch That Wasn't Mackintosh

Colm Brogan

Sotheby's Mackintosh sale was minus one item, thanks to the vigilance of Sotheby's own experts, and the outraged efforts of the family of a highly regarded Scottish silversmith.

Removed from the sale - and the original catalogue - was a silver gilt brooch, of swallow design, the work of the late Peter Wylie Davidson. His daughter, Mrs Muriel Inglis, explained yesterday that her father was often commissioned by Mackintosh to design and produce items.

"I was absolutely astonished to see it included in the Sotheby's catalogue," she said.

Her father, who died in 1963, aged 93, was a contemporary of Mackintosh and was a teacher at the Glasgow School of Art for 35 years.

Author of several books in his own field, he also died leaving an incomplete manuscript of an autobiography, which contained a chapter on his association with Mackintosh - a chapter which has subsequently, and to the family's distress, disappeared.

The Sotheby's gaffe, according to Mrs Inglis, was not a new one. Much, she said, of her late father's work has appeared and been sold as authentic Mackintosh.

"I was told quite recently that a 'Macintosh' brooch had gone for £3,000. All I said was that it was about time my father's work was recognised."

Mrs Inglis, who now lives in Cornhill, Banff, has a large collection of her father's original work.


Source: The Glasgow Herald - 1st March 1979


Peter Wylie Davidson (b.1870-d.1963) entered two marks 'PWD' incuse and without outline, and 'P.W.D' contained within an oblong punch with clipped corners, both with the Glasgow Assay Office.

Peter Wylie Davidson was born at Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and also at London and Paris. His brother, William Armstrong Davidson, with whom he collaborated, was also a silversmith, who entered marks with both the Edinburgh and Glasgow assay offices.

A portrait of Peter Wylie Davidson by Ancell Stronach, painted in 1934, can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings ... 963-213243

See: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=31210&p=175024&sid=c313e5043def74cbfce87875d62e9e19#p175024

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JOHN CARMICHAEL

28, Main Street, Largs


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J. Carmichael - Largs - 1935

John Carmichael was in business at Largs since at least 1913.

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DONALD CLARK

16, Hamilton Street, Greenock

Donald Clark, jeweller & watchmaker, 16, Hamilton Street, drowned at Dunoon on 29th Aug 1895.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 2nd September 1895

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PAUL CUMMING

148, Cathedral Street, Glasgow

SCOTTISH "GAZETTE" NOTICE

The following notice appeared in last night's "Edinburgh Gazette":-

EXAMINATION

Paul Cumming, jeweller and silversmith, 148, Cathedral Street, Glasgow - to be examined in Sheriff Fyfe's chambers, County Buildings, Glasgow, September 6. at 3 o'clock.


Source: The Glasgow Herald - 17th August 1927

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ANN GRAHAM

Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire


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Anne Clare Graham - Kilbarchan - 1989

Anne Graham established her business 'Anne Clare Graham' in September 1980, it continues today.

Amongst her commissions were a silver box for Lady Thatcher presented by James Howden Engineering, jewellery for Scottish Gas and the Clydesdale Bank. Her work has been exhibited at Goldsmiths' Hall, Liberty's, Kelvingrove Art gallery, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, The Scottish Gallery and galleries in New York, Japan, Germany and Holland.

Ann Graham is currently Senior Lecturer of jewellery at Glasgow Clyde College Cardonald Campus, a role she has held since 1991. She is also Evening School Lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art Continuing Education, a role she has performed since 1980.

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DAVID BELL

The Virginia Galleries, 31, Virginia Street, Glasgow


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David Bell - Glasgow - 1986

David Bell entered his mark 'DB' contained within a heraldic shield, with the Edinburgh Assay Office.

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ROBERT ALLISON & SON

Cumberland Street, Glasgow


HAND-MADE CELTIC JEWELLERY FROM A GORBALS WORKSHOP

By Iris McGill

A Cairngorm necklace for the Queen, sgian dubhs for Prince Charles and King Olav of Norway - these are some of the pieces that have been especially commissioned from a little old-fashioned workskop in the Gorbals.

In these days of mass production and "Scottish" jewellery made in Birmingham - or even Hong Kong - it is refreshing to find a family-owned firm which specialises in hand-made Celtic jewellery of high quality. And that is a fair description of Robert Allison and Son, whose "factory" is on the ground floor of an old grey tenement in Cumberland Street.

Inside there is a charmingly Victorian air, with aproned craftsmen painstakingly carving intricate designs on ebony dirk handles, pouring molten silver into crucibles, or engraving traceries on gem-set shoulder brooches.

Here is made the traditional jewellery as popular with tourists from over the border and across the seas as with Scots themselves.

Mr James Allison, head of the firm, told me it was founded in 1938 by his father, who learned his trade in Birmingham, then came back to Scotland to make Celtic jewellery in his native land.

He worked alone at first, then as demand grew and orders built up he took on extra staff. Today there are seven jewellers, who between them turn out 500 different designs in necklaces, rings, brooches, earrings, bracelets, cuff-links, dirks and sgian dubhs, grouse claws - and extras like little decorated engraved teaspoons and forks.

Though the workshop is old-fashioned and unhurried, there is nothing Victorian about Mr Alllison's business sense, for he makes selling trips to Canada and the United States which result in thousands of pounds' worth of export orders every year. As well as the traditional favourites - luckenbooth and penannular brooches, Celtic crosses, thistle pins, and so on - grouse claws are a great favourite on the other side of the Atlantic. On the day I called Mr Allison had just received an order for six dozen silver-mounted claws for Disneyland! In a year he will sell about a thousand.

Orders go, too, from the Gorbals to Paris, Japan, Australia, Kuwait, Kenya, South Africa, and Hong Kong.

Dirks - those rather magnificent-looking dress weapons - are a popular seller, in spite of the fact that the more elaborate ones can retail at prices up to over £100. Mr Allison told me he supplies dirks to the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the Scots Guards, and the Canadian Guards. Sgian dubhs are also in great demand - some special commissions ask dfor them to be made in gold.

I saw a lovely example just finished for an officer in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada.

As a woman, of course, I was even more interested in the jewellery and I was fascinated to see lovely pieces in various stages of completion. As I moved from bench to bench, the jewellers - mostly trained at Allison's - working with the help of hand tools, antique looking iron moulds, presses, and gas flames for soldering I was reminded of a visit paid to a jeweller's workshop in Florence where, too, everything was done by hand.

Scottish stones are used - cairngorms, agates, amethysts, rose quartz, cornelian, and lovely water-worn pebbles, and these are made up into beautiful bracelets, pendants, earrings, and brooches. In particular I admired some big silver shoulder brooches, set with cairngorms and engraved with delicate patterns. Attractive too, are the bracelets made up of cut and polished agates, whose subtle patterns are never repeated.

I asked Mr Allison if it is difficult nowadays to get craftsmen prepared to do such painstaking work? "Very," he told me "I'm lucky, because each of my staff has his own speciality - ebony craving, working with gold, engraving in silver, polishing, mounting, and so on. And I lend a hand ehere needed. We work very well together as a team.

"Boys nowadays don't seem to be very interested in leaning jewellery as a trade," he said. "But we're fortunate in having one young apprentice who started with us last year. So the old skills are being handed on."


Source: The Glasgow Herald - 16th August 1967

Robert Allison & Son entered their marks 'RA' contained within an oval, and also an incuse version of the same mark, with both the Glasgow and Edinburgh assay offices.

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ROBERT TURNBULL

William and Dalrymple Streets, Greenock


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Robert Turnbull - Greenock - 1832

Robert Turnbull was registered with both the Glasgow and Edinburgh assay offices.

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JAMES KEIR

Peterhead, Shanghai, Montrose, Renfrew, and Gallowgate, Glasgow


BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS - YESTERDAY

(Before Sheriff Clark)

EXAMINATION OF JAMES KEIR

The bankrupt was a watchmaker in Gallowgate, Glasgow, and sometime carrying on business in Shanghai, Montrose and Renfrew. There were present Mr John Wilson, C.A., trustee; and Mr James Dunbar, writer, agent in the sequestration.

The bankrupt deponed - I first commenced business in Peterhead as a watchmaker and jeweller about the year 1859. I had capital of about £25 then, £15 of which was my own savings, and £10 of which was borrowed from friends. I left Peterhead in May 1864. I had then clear capital of £350. I went from Peterhead to Shanghai in China, where I commenced business as a watchmaker and jeweller, and also a general agent. During part of 1864 and 1865 I consider that I made money in carrying on of these businesses. After that, in 1866, I lost money by different speculations. Amongst other losses I made there was one of £350 through the failure of Dalbeck, Smith & Co. of Shanghai. I consider that my losses from February to August, 1866, amounted to about £1500. In the latter month I gave up business in Shanghai, and returned to this country. When I left Shanghai I considered that I had about £680 worth of goods and cash. About £400 of this was goods, and I had in addition to the sum above stated a valuable assortment of tools. I was owing a debt of £300 to Mr Hugh Connell, jeweller, Glasgow, when I left Shanghai for goods that he had shipped to me there. This sum of £300 should be deducted from the £680. Out of the money that I had I paid for my passage home and travelling expenses about £120. I packed up the goods belonging to me in Shanghai, and left them in charge of Mackenzie & Co. there, who shipped them on board the Westminster, bound for London, in Sept., 1866, which vessel was lost shortly after on the coast of China, and so were all my goods. I received a telegram from the owners of that vessel intimating the shipment of my goods, the loss of the vessel, and also that my goods had not been insured. After returning to this country I commenced business in Montrose in 1866 as a watchmaker and jeweller. I had £60 worth of capital when I commenced there, but I was still owing the debt to Mr Connell above referred to. When I was in Montrose Mr Connell called on me about this debt, and I arranged the debt with him afterwards by giving him a promissory note payable by instalments. I was really sole partner of the business in Montrose, but I might have said to Mr Connell that it was not mine, and that I was working for a weekly wage. I carried on business in Montrose till May, 1868, when, in consequence of a bill having been protested against me, I granted a trust deed for behoof of my creditors. I afterwards commenced business in Renfrew in Oct., 1868, and came to Glasgow in April, 1869, when I commenced business in partnership with David Rutherford; but he only continued with me about 10 or 12 days. I produce a statement accounting my deficiency, and showing the various losses I have sustained in the different places where I have been trading.

The statutory oath was then administered.


Source: The Glasgow Herald - 31st July 1869

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ROBERT AITKEN

125, Murray Street, Montrose


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Robert Aitken - Montrose - 1909


MONTROSE AND THE PRIME MINISTER

The casket in which the burgess ticket to the Right Hon. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Prime Minister, will be enclosed on the occasion of his receiving the freedom of Montrose on September 26, has been chosen. Mr Robert Aitken, watchmaker and jeweller, Montrose, is the successful offerer, his tender being accepted by the Magistrates and office-bearers of the town at a meeting yesterday. It is to be of solid silver, and, though elegant, the design will not be in any way ostentatious. It is, however, considered to be very appropriate. The town's coat-of-arms will be engraved on the lid. In the centre front will be an inscription, and the panels to the right and left will be engraved with views of the Chain Bridge, Montrose, and Peel Place, Montrose. Sir Henry's coat-of-arms will embellish the central division of the reverse side. On the right will be craved a representation of Montrose Academy, and on the left a picture of the golf course. The figure of a lady golfer will adorn one end of the casket and that of a male golfer the other.


Source: The Glasgow Herald - 21st August 1907

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ALEXANDER WARRINGTON

154, Argyll Street, Glasgow


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Alexr. Warrington - Glasgow - 1851

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DONALD & NEVILLE

124, Argyll (Argyle) Street, Glasgow


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Donald & Neville - Glasgow - 1859

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JOHN McGILVRAY & SON

135, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, and Oban


SCOTTISH NEW COMPANY

John MacGilvray & Son Limited, 135, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, jewellers and dealers in precious metals. £10,000. Directors: Jessie J.C. Ferguson, 5, Craigard Road, and Jessie MacCallum, 7, Hazeldean Crescent, both of Oban.


Source: Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith - May 1958

John McGilvray & Son registered their mark 'McG & S' contained within an oblong punch with clipped corners and with notches top and bottom, with the Glasgow Assay Office.

The firm had been in business since at least the early 1920's and their mark is often found accompanied by the additional stamp 'IONA'.

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W.T. CONSTABLE

High Street, Kirkcaldy


Mr. W.T. Constable, well-known Kirkcaldy jeweller and one of Fife's oldest business men. He was 91 years of age, and attended business regularly at his High Street premises until a few months ago.

Source: Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith - June 1962

I'm uncertain if this refers to the business of Alexander Constable, who was working at Kirkcaldy in a similar timeframe.

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JAMES M'COWAN

High Street, Kirkcaldy


DARING BURGLARY IN KIRKCALDY

A daring burglary occurred at Kirkcaldy early yesterday morning, when the premises of James M'Cowan, jeweller, High Street, were entered and a quantity of jewellery stolen. The thieves covered the large plate glass window with soft soap, and then placed over it a sheet of brown paper. Presumably with an iron bar covered at the end with a piece of thick blanket, which was subsequently found on the scene of the robbery, they then snapped the glass, the broken pieces adhering to the paper and being carefully lifted out. The hole thus formed gave them access to several trays containing gold rings, brooches etc. The burglary was accomplished in a very short time, as a policeman passing about 12.30 observed that the window was intact, and the theft was discovered by another officer at 12.40.


Source: The Glasgow Herald - 30th May 1912

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JAMES HENDRY & SON

16, John Wood Street, Port Glasgow

JEWELLERY STOLEN. - Police were last night investigating the theft of watches and jewellery from the shop at 16, John Wood Street, Port Glasgow, occupied by James Hendry and Son. Entry to the shop was gained through a back window after the thief had apparently squeezed through a grill with bars less than a foot apart.

Source: The Glasgow Herald - 5th October 1954

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JEANIE HARVIE WILKIE

Wishaw, North Lanarkshire

Deaths

WILKIE - Peacefully, at Law Hospital, Carluke, on 28th April 1973, JEANIE HARVIE WILKIE (retired jeweller and watchmaker). 57 Caledonian Road, Wishaw. - Friends wishing to attend funeral please meet cortege at Daldowie Crematorium, Broomhouse, on Wednesday, 2nd May, at 10.25 a.m.


Source: The Glasgow Herald - 30th April 1973

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DAVID BELL

Argyll Street, Glasgow


THEFT OF JEWELLERY

James Steven Garth and Elizabeth Steven or Garth, son and mother, pleaded guilty - the former to having, at various time between the 1st March, 1854, and 6th March last, stolen 23 silver watches, four gold pencil cases, a gold vinaigrette, 11 gold brooches, 17 gold rings, a gold pin, a pair of gold spectacles, two silver bracelets, three silver snuff-boxes, and other articles, from the shop of Mr. David Bell, jeweller, Argyll Street; and the latter to the reset of the articles. The male prisoner had been in the employment of Mr. Bell for a considerable time, and, while in the shop his mother called at specified times, and received the stolen articles, which she pawned. In exculpation, it was stated that the panel's employer was due him some money. Lord Handyside would not credit the statement, and said the case was a very serious one. He then sentenced the male prisoner to four years' penal servitude, and the female to six months' imprisonment. Both prisoners appeared remarkably cool, and seemed quite indifferent as to how they were disposed of.


Source: The Glasgow Herald - 4th May 1855

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ROBERT BURNS MURDOCH

Cathcart Road, Glasgow


OBITUARY

Mr. Robert Burns Murdoch, a jeweller in Cathcart Road, Glasgow.


Source: Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith - February 1958

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