CHARLES ILES & GOMMS Ltd.138, Highgate Street, Birmingham
Charles Iles & Gomms Ltd. - Birmingham - 1957
Charles Iles & Gomms Ltd. - Birmingham - 1961
The firm has its origins in the firm of Peyton & Iles who were in business by 1840. Charles Iles Sen. (b.1812-d.1870) was in business by himself at the time of the Great Exhibition in 1851, where he exhibited his range of thimbles. Charles Iles Sen. died in 1870 at the age of 58 and the firm passed to his son, Charles Iles, who was born in 1852. Charles Jnr. continued the business, which appears to be mainly the manufacture of thimbles, and exhibited the firm's wares at the International Exhibition in Brussels in 1877.
In 1911 Iles was joined by his son-in-law, Alfred E. Cox, and it was he who continued the business following the death of Charles Iles jnr. in 1925. It was Cox who bought up the electroplate and souvenir business of Gomms.
Alfred E. Cox died in 1955 and the firm passed to his two sons, Alfred Basil Cox and Edward Brandan Cox.
The Factory in Highgate Street was compulsorily purchased by the City of Birmingham in 1962 and the company relocated to a new new Factory at Tyseley Industrial Estate, Seeleys Road, Greet, Birmingham.
Manufacture of crested souvenirs was discontinued in 1970 and the business acquired by Richard and Joan Mealings in June 1971.
The trade mark of Charles Iles & Gomms Ltd.:
Gomms entered their mark 'G'S' contained within an heraldic shield, with the Birmingham Assay Office.
Charles Iles & Gomms Ltd. entered their mark 'C I & G' contained within an oblong punch with a single indent top and bottom, with the Birmingham Assay Office.