SEARLE & Co.78-79, Lombard Street, London
Searle & Co. - London - 1902
Established in 1893 by Walter Henry Searle. Located at 78-79 Lombard Street since 1895.
In 1897 Searle was joined in partnership by Frank Eady and Arthur Borlase Eady. The partnership lasted until 1907 and was dissolved following the revelation that Searle had been using the business's money for Stock Exchange speculation and had suffered losses of thousands of pounds. NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Frank Eady and Arthur Borlase Eady, and Walter Henry Searle, carrying on business as Jewellers and Silversmiths, at 78 and 79, Lombard-street, in the city of London, under the style or firm of " SEARLE AND CO," has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 29th day of April, 1907. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Frank Eady and Arthur Borlase Eady.
Dated this 29th day of April, 1907.
WALTER H. SEARLE
A. BORLASE EADY
Source: The London Gazette
- 30th April 1907
However, it did not take long for Walter Searle to bounce back, and by the following year, 1908, he was back in business again, in partnership with his wife, Catherine A. Searle, his son, Robert Noel Searle, and Wilfred George Hoare, trading as Searle, Hoare & Co. of 87, King William Street, London. This business, which was managed by Walter Searle, continued to trade until 1922.
Returning to the original business of Searle & Co., they were converted into a limited liability company in 1909, the first directors being noted as A.B. Eady and W.T. Leviansky. The company is still in business today and located at 1, Royal Exchange, Cornhill, London.
Searle & Co. entered their marks 'W.H.S' contained within a heraldic shield, with the London Assay Office on the 28th March 1899, 6th July 1899, 4th July 1901, and 22nd November 1906, and 'WHS' contained within an heraldic shield on the 4th July 1901.
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