LONDON JEWELLERS & SILVERSMITHS Co.35, King Street, St. Helier, Jersey
This business has been a mystery to me and had confused me for a long time, at one point I wondered if there may have been a very small gap in ownership of the premises, situated at the corner of King Street and Brook Street, between that of Hollinshed and the takeover of his business by C.T. Maine in 1890, but now some new evidence, in the form of a Jersey milk can dated by assay, has cropped up that casts a little more light regarding exactly who the London Jewellers & Silversmiths Co. really were.
The above is an image of the premises at 35, King Street taken around the turn of the 19th/20th century.
When the image of the sign above the shop is enlarged, it appears to state ???????? & Silversmiths Co. or Coy.
An enlargement of the shop doorway is a little clearer and the sign in the door glass perhaps states 'The London Jewellers & Silversmiths Company'.
Below are some images of Jersey milk can made in silver, they were, and probably still are, a popular memento of a visit to the Channel Islands.Images courtesy of M. Winsor-Reeves
The milk can in the images was made in Birmingham by Abraham Meyer Blanckensee (see: http://www.925-1000.com/bx_amBlanckensee_B.html
, and assayed there in 1900. It is also struck, after several attempts, with the retailer's mark of the 'London Jewellers and Silversmiths - Jersey'. The word 'Silversmiths' being off-centre and likely having the 'Co.' at one time following it, but now worn away.
It is well documented that Charles Maine succeeded to the business in 1890 and as can be seen from the advertisement shown in the earlier C.T. Maine post that he was trading under that name in 1896. But it will be noted that neither the shopfront shown in the images of 35, King Street, or the milk can make any mention of the name Maine, I can only conclude that at some point in time, between 1896 and 1900, Charles Maine restyled his business from 'C.T. Maine' to the 'London Jewellers & Silversmiths Co.' and at some further point in time, he reverted back to the old title.
Was the reason for the dropping of the 'London Jewellers & Silversmiths Co.' name the result of a legal challenge? The fact that since 1896 E.W. Bachmann had been operating in Guernsey, trading as 'Jewellers & Silversmiths Co.' (see earlier post), is not without note.