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Postby dognose » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:35 am

WHITEHEAD & HOAG

Newark. New Jersey


The Whitehead & Hoag Company have disposed of their plant in Washington street and their new factory is being rushed to completion, at Sussex avenue. It is a five-story, reinforced concrete building, 250 feet long, for the manufacture of brass, bronze, gold and silver badges, emblems, novelties, etc., also using considerable celluloid.

Source: The Metal Industry - December 1913

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WESTFIELD PLATE CO.

Thompsonville, Connecticut


Leon St. Cyr, an employee of the Westfield Plate Company, was arrested last Thursday evening charged with stealing silver from the company. It appears that the silver had been disposed of to Arthur L. Cooley, a brakeman on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Cooley had sold it to jewelers in New Haven, where some $100 worth was found in Durant's jewelry store by the detectives. Cooley, who was arrested at New Haven, said that St. Cyr had told him that the silver was obtained from St. Louis parties. When St. Cyr was arrested he could not remember the name of the alleged Springfield man, or what sort of a looking man he was. It is supposed he took the silver from the tubs where the electric plating is done.

Source: The Jewelers Review - 21st June 1899

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RICHEST QUEEN IN THE WORLD

Siam


Gems owned by European Queens pale before those of the Supreme Queen of Siam. She has a huge safe or casket, the handicraft of a London firm, in which repose marvellous necklets, pendants, bracelets, and anklets of diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pearls, and opals. The second Queen owns a scarcely inferior casket, and each of the other wives has her own special hoard. The national jeweller has a standing order for £100,000 worth of jewellery to be delivered to the King every year, much of which is distributed among the favourites of his harem.

Source: Woman's Life - April 1908

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MASTERS OF SUCCORING VESSELS TO BE GIVEN SILVER VASES

Washington, D.C.


Washington, D C., Aug. 14.—For many years it has been the custom to give gold watches, costing $150 each, to masters of foreign vessels who succor American seamen or vessels. It has frequently happened that these watches, fine though they are, have been bestowed upon captains who have other watches, frequently much finer, and it has several times reached the ears of Secretary Olney that the Department watches were sneeringly spoken of. Accordingly he has determined to give a silver vase hereafter instead of a watch. The design most favored is a tall vase, embossed at the base in representation of dashing waves, with an American eagle surmounting the American shield at the shoulder.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 21st August 1895

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A FARTHING DAMAGES

Birmingham


A verdict for one farthing damages, without costs, was returned by a Birmingham Assize jury on Saturday in a libel action brought by Albert Edward Dooley, a jeweller, of Hockley Hill. against the "Midland Express." Defendants, referring to certain assay frauds in March last, mentioned as a suspicious circumstance that the case was not altogether free from an association with the man Dooley who was sentenced some years ago for hall mark frauds. Dooley admitted previous convictions, and that he had latterly been trading in the name of Ashford to conceal his identity.

Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 4th August 1902

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A LETTER TO THE TIMES

London


"Permit me to say that I most heartily endorse the remarks in your leading article on Mr. Gladstone's speech relative to the duties of our great City companies. Surely, after such a note of warning, the masters and wardens of the various guilds will put their 'shoulders to the wheel.' Foremost among them ought to stand the Goldsmiths' Company. Their charter gives them power 'to send wardens from shop to shop among the goldsmiths, to assay if their gold be of the touch specified in the statute.' If they would but exercise this privilege, and visit all shops occasionally, the public would benefit immensely. Frequently goods are brought to me stamped 18 carat, maker's mark, &c, under an impression that they are Hall-marked, but they in reality are only colourable imitations, base metal invariably being found between the gold parts. So extensively is this practice carried on, that there are hundreds of watch-chains now in circulation, one link bearing the mark 18-carat, the next link, not marked, quality about 6-carats; and so on throughout the chain. It is impossible for the public generally to detect these frauds, and I assert that it is, therefore, the absolute duty of the Goldsmiths' Company to search out and prosecute all and any person making, selling, or otherwise disposing of such spurious articles. I trust some real good in this direction may yet be effected by the Goldsmiths' Company."

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Source: The Times - March 1876

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HALLMARKING OF PLATINUM

London


In view of the increasing use of platinum in the arts and sciences and the fact that it is worth nearly three times as much as gold, the Jewellers' and Silversmiths' Association has suggested to the Assay Offices the desirability of establishing a system of Hall-marking of platinum wares so as to guard as far as practicable against the perpetration of fraud by the supply of mere alloys of platinum in place of the pure material. It is rather a mystery that the supply of platinum should continue to be so limited, as it is known to occur in several regions of the earth, and bearing in mind its great usefulness and the fact that for certain purposes there is no substitute. Platinum articles at 10l. or more per ounce are not the kind of goods which the average ironmonger can afford to stock in any quantity, but it is desirable that anything professedly made of this precious metal should be genuine and not a mere colourable imitation. As the Hall-mark proposals will, if adopted, bring grist to the mills of the Assay Offices, there is not much doubt, I should say, of these authorities agreeing try do what is asked of them.

Source: The Ironmonger - February 1913

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X-RAYS REVEAL A STOLEN SOUVENIR

New York


The proprietors of several New York hotels have recently been complaining about losses of spoons, salt-cellars, and other small pieces of silverware taken away as souvenirs by light-fingered guests.

One hotel manager declares that he has lost several hundred spoons since the beginning of the year. He says:

"It is not only spoons these souvenir fiends carry off, but small articles of furniture from the rooms. I believe some would carry off the bedstead curtains if they could escape detection. This souvenir craze is becoming such a nuisance that we shall eventually have to put chains on the spoons and other attractive articles to keep them safely."

An amusing incident occurred at a meeting of an X-ray society recently held at a fashionable hotel. The rays were suddenly turned on a lady member, and revealed a spoon concealed in her corsage. It was just after the society's dinner, the woman having taken the spoon as a souvenir.

The discovery took the offender completely by surprise, and caused considerable merriment. The confused culprit blushed and stammered at this startling revelation of her guilt, and confessed that she had merely taken the spoon as a memento of a very pleasant evening. Some other lady members excused themselves in various ways from being experimented on.

Hotel proprietors are now thinking of employing the X-ray apparatus as a safeguard for their silver ware.


Source: The Daily Mail - May 1901

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A GREAT WILL SUIT - HALF A MILLION Of MONEY INVOLVED

London


The hearing was concluded in the Probate Court on Friday of the Gibson will suit, in which a fortune of nearly half a million, left by the late Mr. William Gibson, Chairman of the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company, London, was involved.

The jury found for the plaintiffs, and the Judge pronounced for the will and codicil.

Testator's widow and Mr. John Andrew Pryde, of Belfast, and Mr. Thomas Albert Isaac, as plaintiff and executors, propounded a will of testator of 1909, and a codicil of 1910, but defendant W. Robert James Gibson, a nephew of deceased, alleged that testator was not of sound mind since 1905, and set up a will of 1903.

Testator's young daughter was joined as defendant, but did not contest the disputed documents.


Source: The Cambria Daily Leader - 3rd July 1914

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SAME DAY DELIVERY

Paris - London


A $200,000 diamond ring was rushed across the English Channel by aeroplane the other day in order that the condition of the sale be conformed to. A British buyer purchased the ring from a well-known Parisian jeweler, the agreement being that the gem be delivered in London the same afternoon. The Airco Company undertook delivery of the ring to the London jewelers. It says it is the most valuable cargo it has handled yet. The luxury export tax payable on the ring amounted to $18,000.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 14th July 1920

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THOMAS JACKSON & Co. - DREAVER Mfg. Co.

Providence, Rhode Island


The plant of Thomas Jackson & Co. of Providence, R. I., which recently went into the hands of a receiver, has been purchased by a new concern, called the Dreaver Mfg. Co. The plant is located at 9 Calender St. and the manufacture of plated jewelry is carried on.

Source: The Brass World and Platers' Guide - April 1913

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DRUGGED THROUGH KEYHOLE

Brussels


A robbery of the most ingenious kind has just been perpetrated at a jeweller's shop in the Rue Neuve, Brussels, which is much frequented both by day and night. Thieves entered an empty house next door, climbed along the roof, broke through the skylight of the jeweller's premises, and went downstairs. They evidently knew that the jeweller's brother, the only person in the house, slept in a room on the second floor. Working silently they pumped soporific fumes through the keyhole of the locked door. The jeweller's brother awoke next day with a bad headache and found the room still full of the fumes. On going down to the shop he found that jewels valued at £6,000 had been stolen. So far there is no clue to the thieves.

Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 23rd March 1910

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UNMATCHED SILVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Washington, D.C.


Housewives who delight in dainty table silver will sympathize with the mistress of the White House, when it is known that the furnishings of the mansion do not include a complete service nor a chest of spoons, knives and forks. Three years ago, when the beautiful china set was purchased, Mrs Roosevelt wished to have all the odds and ends of silver melted and recast in new designs. There was a great outcry, and 'vox populi' decreed that Dolly Madison’s spoons and the Lincoln forks must not be changed in any way.

Mrs. Roosevelt has bought odd pieces every year from the fund allowed for such purposes, and now when the board is spread the silver makes a good appearance. But the guests manage their food with forks and spoons that do not match, though, of course, they are too polite to note such an anomaly.


Source: Press - November 1905

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SLAVE LABOUR IN THE JEWELRY TRADE

Washington, D.C.


Abraham Forsyth, who was arrested last week at Washington, D. C., on a charge of participating in a conspiracy to import young children from Europe for the padrone system in the large cities, claims that he is a jewelry workman of New York.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 8th November 1905

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REGAL SILVER MANUFACTURING COMPANY

New Haven, Connecticut


The Regal Silver Manufacturing Company has been incorporated in New Haven, Conn.. to manufacture silver plated ware and cutlery. The company has been in business for several months, but has now incorporated. The factory is at William and Bradley Sts., New Haven, Conn. M. L. Baker is the president of the company: William Curr, vice-president: and Gustav F. Hemming, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Hemming is well known in the trade as the inventor of cutlery grinding machinery.

Source: The Brass World and Platers Guide - August 1911

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NECKLACE MYSTERY

Berlin


A curious jewel robbery, whereby the Berlin Court jeweller, Herr Louis Werner, was deprived of a pearl necklace valued at about £1,200, has just come to light. The necklace, according to the police, was surreptitiously removed on Tuesday by an expert Frenchwoman, who visited the shop with the object of selecting some jewellery, and succeeded in securing the real necklace and substituting for it an excellent imitation made by another Berlin firm. The necklace consisted of 61 pearls, weighing eighty carats, whilst the lock was ornamented with a forty-two carat brilliant. In contrast to this view of the Berlin police, Herr Werner himself believes that the exchange was not carried out on Tuesday, but some time previously, perhaps several weeks ago, as he states the necklace was not shown to the French customer.

Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 19th December 1907

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'JEM' TRADE MARK

Providence, Rhode Island


Joseph E. Miller, Inc., 43 Sabin St., manufacturer of a general line of jewelry for men, has adopted the trade mark "Jem" coined from their initials.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 8th December 1920

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NEW TRADE UNION FOR ELECTRO PLATE WORKERS

Sheffield


A meeting of electro-plate workers was held at Sheffield recently for the purpose of forming a trade union. Much enthusiasm was displayed, and the new association will doubtless start on its way in vigorous trim. A similar society has existed at Birmingham for some time past, and has now about 300 members.

Source: The Furniture Gazette - 15th November 1890

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STOLEN STONES RECOVERED

London


Information has been received by Detective Inspector Peel, which has led to the recovery of nearly £500 worth of precious stones forming part of the £3,000 worth stolen from Mr. Garrett, lapidary, of Baker-street, in April last. A man named Henry Robinson, who has since died, was apprehended for the robbery, and a portion of the stolen property was then recovered, in addition to the valuable watch stolen from Sir John Bennett. It was while prosecuting inquiries relative to another case the property in question was recovered, and the police hope to recover more of the missing jewellery.

Source: Pall Mall Budget - 12th October 1883

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A DENTIST OR A SILVER POLISHER?

Bridgeport, Connecticut


James E. Conger, a polisher in the employ of the International Silver Co., Bridgeport, was accused, last week, of practicing dentistry without having been registered or taking the examination provided by the statutes. The books of the International Silver Co. were introduced to show that Conger was a regular employe and on the pay roll prior to and two years after the passage of the act governing the practice of dentistry in the State of Connecticut, so that he could not have been a regular practitioner. Judge Curtis, who heard the case, imposed only a nominal fine of $5, it being tacitly understood that Conger would either discontinue dentistry or be regularly registered.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 13th December 1905

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