I have been researching Alexander for a few years now, the reason I will say later.
The earliest mention of him was the reference of him moving from London to Newcastle from
Archaeologia aeliana, or, Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity
Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne -
1980 - Snippet view
While the Newcastle goldsmith Thomas Green found
it more profitable to migrate to London, three
London silversmiths set up shop in Newcastle.
Announcing the opening of his shop in 1802,
Alexander Kelty from the Minories. informed the
That he was a silversmith or at least a jeweller is shown by a reference to an entry in the London Gazete 1806,
Notice is hereby given, that the late Copartnership carried
on by Christopher Love and Alexander Kelty,
under the Firm of Love and Kelty, in Old Bond-Street,
Jewellers, is dissolved by mutual Consent; all Demands oil
the said late Firm will be paid by Mr.Love, in Old Bond-
Street aforesaid. -Witness our Hands, this 17th December
1805 , Alex. Kelty. 'C. Love.
In 1804, it is know that he married in Richmond-upon-Thames to an Alice Warburton
From the Richmond registers
Name: Alice Warburton Spouse Name: Alexander Ketty “of Newcastle upon Tyne”
Record Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 22 May 1804
Parish: St Mary Magdalen, Richmond County: Surrey Borough: Richmond Upon Thames
Witnesses – Edward John Collins, S. Collins, Eliza Budd
The witnesses above will be mentioned later on in these posts.
As shown in previous posts in this forum, Alexander moved to Newcastle in 1802, and traded as a silversmith and jeweller till at least 1812. There is listings in
Ancestry.com. London and Country Directory, 1811 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: Holden's Annual London and Country Directory, of the United Kingdoms, and Wales, in Three Volumes, for the Year 1811. Vol. I-III. London, England: W. Holden, 1811
Name: Alexander Kelty Dates: 1801-1825 Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumberland Occupation: jeweller jewellery/precious metals(m) Gender: Male Address:
Address(Es): No. 8, Dean-Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland
Occupation: Occupation(s): jeweller, jewellery/precious metals(m)
Source Date: 1811
Source Info: Listed in Mackenzie & Dent's Triennial Directory for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead & Places Adjacent, 1811. Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Printed & Published by Mackenzie & Dent, St Nicholas Church Yard.
So prior to 1802, he was a jeweller and silversmith in partnership with Christopher Love at Old Bond Street. Though moving to Newcastle then, he did have business to wind up in London, including getting married.
In 1812, rather than retiring, Alexander moved back to London, and went back into partnership with Christopher Love. As shown by the trade card in the British Museum, and by trade directories, as mention in this thread previously.
The partnership seems to have been successful for a while, attracting many rich and powerful. This can seen by the following references -
From http://ravingabouttheregency.blogspot.c ... rican.html
we have Lord Byron the poet and adventurer, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron
ie "mad, bad and dangerous to know" – Shopping with a vengeance -
In July 1813 as Byron was making tentative plans for a second Grand Tour, he went shopping... and it is fair to say that he "shopped until he dropped".
On of the first places he visited was "Love & Kelty Jewellers" in Bond Street.......
Anticipating that he would need "trinkets in exchange" as gifts to his hosts in return for their hospitality, his shopping list included the following:
"7 Gold Snuff Boxes" at 300 Guineas
"7 Snuff Boxes of Gold and Silver Gilt" at 200 Guineas
"A Gold & Enameld Musical Box with Figures Sett with Pearls &c" at 100 Guineas
"A Gold Watch" at 30 Guineas
"A Toothpick Case" at £3. 12s. 6d.
"A "Richly Chased" Toothpick Case" at 36 Guineas
"4 Gold Toothpicks" at 4 Guineas
By the time that he had finished his shopping spree, his bill at Love & Kelty, the Royal Appointment Jewellers amounted to nearly a thousand pounds...which would be added to his other debts....
His debts would remain unpaid and he was to discover that he had been "swindled".....
What follows is a snippet of his letter of complaint to John Murray, his publisher written 194 years ago on this very day:
".....at present I would trouble you with a commission if you will be kind enough to undertake it. - - You perhaps know Mr. Love the Jeweller of old Bond Street. - - In 1813 - when in the intention of returning to Turkey - I purchased of him - and paid (argent comptant) about a dozen snuff boxes of more or less value - as presents for some of my Mussulman acquaintances. - These I have now with me. - The other day - having occasion to make an alteration in the lid of one (to place a portrait in it) it has turned out to be silver-gilt instead of Gold - for which last it was sold & paid for.....
I have of course recalled & preserved the box in statu quo. -....
if there is no remedy in law - there is at least the equitable one of making known his guilt - that it - his silver-gilt - and be damned with him....
Pray state the matter to him with due ferocity..."
Venice, February 25th. 1817
Further searching on Bryon’s link with the Firm of Love & Kelty gives us these letters from Lord Bryon’s finances
we are favored with yours and - which is by no means satisfactory - this debt being
larger - and - a three years running account - the common interest exceeds - any profit - that
can be gained on the articles sold your Lord.Ship ——————————
we mentiond before that this debt is due to the old firm of Love & Co - and - we were obliged
- to pay the amount of it to the partner that retired from this concern last xmas - which makes
it an extreme hard case - on us-;- we - are unwilling to inconvenience your Ld.ship - yet you
must see - the absolute necessity of its being - arranged - and which - we confidently hope -
you will - do - this acct we - are willing to take bills - on your agent - or any thing in order to
bring it to a close. - - we have the honor
to be Your Lordships -
Obliged & Obedient Servts
Love & Kelty
Old Bond St -
May 19 1814
The Rt Honble Lord Byron
Ballance of acct £1079 = 15 = 9
Byron to Murray, February 25th 1817:
... You perhaps know Mr. Love the Jeweller of old Bond Street. - In 1813 - when in
the intention of returning to Turkey - I purchased of him - and paid (argent comptant)
about a dozen snuff boxes of more or less value - as presents for some of my Mussulman
acquaintances. - These I have now with me. The other day - having to make an
alteration in the lid of one (to place a portrait in it) it has turned out to be silver-gilt
instead of Gold - for which last it was sold & paid for. - This was discovered by the
workman in trying it before taking off the hinges - & working upon the lid. - I have of
course recalled & preserved the box in status quo. - what I wish you to do is to see the
said Mr. Love and inform him of this circumstance adding from me that I will take care
he shall not have done this with impunity. - - If there is no remedy in law - there is at
least the equitable one of making known his guilt - that is - his silver-gilt - and be
damned to him. - - I shall carefully preserve all the purchases I made of him on that
occasion - for my return - as the Plague in Turkey is a barrier to travelling there - at
present - or rather the endless Quarantine which would be the consequence - before on
could land in coming back. - - Pray state the matter to him with due ferocity. (BLJ V
Byron to Murray, April 2nd 1817:
... So Love has a conscience - by Diana! - I shall make him take back the box though
it were Pandora’s; - the discovery of its intrinsic silver occurred on sending it to have
the lid adapted to admit Marianna’s portrait - of course I had the box remitted in Stau
quo - & had the picture set in another - which suits it (the picture) very well. - The
defaulting box is not touched hardly - it was not in the man’s hands above an hour.
(BLJ V 203)
Byron to Murray, April 2nd 1817:
... I remit to you to deliver to Mrs Leigh two Miniatures - but previously you will
have the goodness to desire Mr. Love (as a peace offering between him & me) to set
them in plain gold - with my arms complete - and “painted by Prepiani - Venice - 1817”
- on the back. (BLJ V 212)
Some of the jewellery bought is still around…..
From Christies website(admin edit - see Posting Requirements )
The gold ring set with turquoise which was bought by Byron in London in August 1813 for use as a gift during his projected travels in the Levant, but on his remaining in England was given by him to Lady Charlotte Campbell, lady-in-waiting of Caroline, Princess of Wales; it became in 1869 the engagement ring of Emily, fiancée of the future 26th Earl of Crawford, and was given by her in 1912 to Lina Waterfield, from whom the present owners have inherited it. A gold and turquoise ring, the band set at intervals with cabochon turquoise, the rims set with similar smaller stones (a few missing), circa 1812. Finger size M.
On 3 August 1813 he bought at Love and Kelty's, jewellers of 6 Old Bond Street, London, a 'Turquoise Bead Ring' for 12 guineas, as itemised in their account (photocopy included in the lot) sent to him in 1813. Since the description of this purchase fits the present ring, of which Byron is named by Emily as the first owner, there can be no reasonable doubt that the present ring is that bought by Byron.
Also(admin edit - see Posting Requirements )
A HIGHLY IMPORTANT BYRON MEMORABILIA SWISS TWO-COLOUR GOLD ENAMELLED MUSICAL AUTOMATON SNUFF-BOX
Geneva, circa 1810
Rectangular box with cut corners, each applied with masks, flowering urns and drapery, the sides similarly applied with drapery swags, the hinged cover with split pearl borders and with central enamelled plaque of musicians, applied on each side with draped female figures, each holding a floral garland, the hinged base and sides with shell and foliage borders enamelled in yellow, blue and black, the base, sides and cover with engine-turned panels enamelled in translucent green, the interior with automata group of two female musicians, one playing a harp, the other playing a piano and with seated and standing male singers, all in contemporary dress and all set within architectural setting, bordered by Doric columns enclosing applied figures of nymphs playing musical instruments and with split-pearl arches, drapery, plumed mask and plumes above, the rim later engraved with provenance inscription
102 mm. (4 in.) wide
Lot Condition Report The four translucent green side panels and the black corner side panels are re-enamelled. The automaton is in working condition: The lady on the right is moving her arms in order to play the harp, the seated Lady in the centre is moving her head and her arms in order to play the pianoforte, the seated singing gentleman is lifting his right leg. Only the standing gentleman is not performing his task (he should raise his arm). The musical movement seems to have suffered as the tune resembles more to Schoenberg than to Schubert.
Both catalogue illustrations are too dark.
The box is contained in a grey gilt-stamped leather case.
Provenance Purchased from Love & Kelty, 6 Old Bond Street, London W1 on 12th July 1813 for £105 by George, 6th Baron Byron (1788-1824).
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