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Postby dognose » Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:18 am

THE QUEEN'S ADVICE TO JEWELLERS

London


Another Instance of the Royal Family's Interest in the revival of British Industries was given when the Queen summoned leaders of the jewellery trade to Buckingham Palace and discussed the use of British enamels as applied to silverware and jewellery. Her Majesty showed them specimens of attractive foreign enamel work, which the jewellers agreed that they could produce at the same price.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald - 7th March 1932

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THE SILVERSMITHS' & JEWELLERS' WAR PRODUCTION GROUP

London


London. - Thirty-eight London jewellers, silversmiths and goldsmiths have formed themselves into a group to put their skilled craftsmanship to the best use, in making war weapons.

About 300 men, of an average age of 50, are employed by the 38 firms, and in normal times their delicate, highly individualised wares are to be found in luxury shops all over the world. Trained in high precision craftsmanship, they are having no difficulty, in adapting themselves to the new work, although some of them, such as the leather workers, have never before worked in metal.

This Silversmiths' and Jewellers' War Production Group, the first organisation of its kind, has been evolved by Mr. W. P. Eve, factory manager of a famous Bond-street store. He presides over a council of five who allocate among the members the work received from various Government departments and assist the smaller concerns with cash advances if payment is delayed.

Should any of the works be bombed out, the workmen will carry on in the premises of other members. Production, not price, is the aim: an urgent job, for example, will be split among several members even though this reduces profits of each.

(Data from the Silversmiths' and Jewellers' War Production Group, 165, Euston Road, London N.W.I.)


Source: The Northern Star - 21st February 1942

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SPEEDY FAILURE OF A JEWELLER

London


At the London Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday a meeting of creditors resolved to allow the estate of Henry Lewis, jeweller, of Bond-street, to go into bankruptcy. The business was converted into a company with a capital of £50,000 last July.

Source: Western Mail - 13th October 1898

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J.H. HILDEBRAND

Mercer, Pennsylvania


J. H. Hildebrand, a prominent jeweler at Mercer, Pa., absconded the other day, leaving debts and liabilities of $15,000. Detectives are on his track. He is supposed to be in the west, probably in Nebraska.

Source: The Journal - 11th January 1882

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FIRE AT JEWELERS

Avalon, Pittsburgh


A fire broke out, Saturday morning, in the jewelry store of A. E. Siviter, in the Avalon Bank building, Avalon, a suburb of Pittsburg, and two men were injured while engaged in fighting the blaze. One of the men, J. A. Alberts, who lives in the rear of the building, was awakened by the smoke and was cut while breaking a glass window to gain access to the store. It is believed that the fumes from a dish filled with gasoline that had been left in the jewelry shop were ignited by a lighted gas jet and this set fire to the place. Mr. Siviter is away from home at the present time on his vacation. He lives in Bellevue, a neighboring town. Considerable ill luck has followed Mr. Siviter’s efforts in business. It is not known what the loss is, but it is believed to be covered by insurance. Some say that his stock was damaged to the extent of $200, while $300 will cover the damage sustained by the building.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 8th September 1909

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Postby dognose » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:42 am

THE PRINCE OF WALES POKES FUN

London


There is a true story about the Prince visiting a jeweller's shop in Bond-street, and picking up a little gold pencil-case, made in the similitude of a screw. "What's that?" he said, turning it over with his finger. A screw, your Royal Highness," said the shopman. Ah said the Prince, turning to the Princess of Wales, who was with him, "that'll do for Edinburgh."

Source: Cardiff Times and South Wales Weekly News - 2nd September 1882

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A PICKPOCKET'S STORY

London


A Yorkshire pick-pocket, who had journeyed to London, soon made the acquaintance of a London sharper. The Londoner, wishful to show his
superiority in the profession, requested his friend to stand outside a jeweller's shop and watch him. After looking at some watches he came out and informed his Yorkshire chum that be had secured a watch unknown to the shopman. 'That', he remarked, 'is a London trick'. 'Stand still,' replied the other, 'and I will show you a Yorkshire trick.' Entering the shop he quietly informed the shopman that the man now standing outside had stolen a watch. The jeweller rushed out to secure the thief, when the Yorkshireman walked off with the whole case of watches. That was a Yorkshire trick.


Source: The Capricornian - 11th October 1902

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SLUMP IN DIAMONDS

London


There is a great slump in the diamond trade, and diamonds are being sold almost at their pre-war prices. A customer of moderate means can make a jeweller obliging in these days of little business. Most of the London firms display in their windows single stones marked at anything from £400 downwards, but the shopman no longer Iooks askance at the young clerk who asks for a diamond engagement ring with the stone set in platinum at not more than £5. Jewels are not being bought freely, and many jewellers are selling at a loss. There is not much change in the price of small stones, but the costlier gems have suffered a big fail recently. Those marked a year ago at from £100 to £120 are realizing less than £60 to-day. Diamonds and pearls have ceased to be the vogue as wedding presents.

Source: The London Daily News - April 1921

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JEWELER HAS NARROW ESCAPE

Rockaway Beach, New York


Abel King, of Emrich, King & Schorsch, 42 E. 14th St., was one of the passengers on the steamship Belle Haven, of the Sheepshead and Rockaway line, and while landing at Rockaway Bay, Sunday afternoon at 4.30 o’clock, fell when the gangplank broke and was thrown into the water. His hand was cut and his ankle injured, so that he will be unable to start on a trip, as he intended. The water at the point where the accident occurred is about 12 feet deep. There were in all about 25 people—men, women and children—who were thrown into the water. All escaped without loss of life.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 5th August 1908

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A PERFECT SET OF BLACK PEARLS

England


A lady was in a little shop in an English village, when she saw what looked like black beads (or were described as such) in a bowl near the window. For a shilling or two they were handed over to her. Happening to visit her jeweller in London some time afterwards, she showed him her "beads," and said she would like to have, a necklace made of them. "Madam" was the delighted shopman's exclamation, "do you know that this is a perfect set of the finest matched black pearls I've ever seen in my life!" And it was said he gave the lady a cheque for £65,000. The father of the shopwoman who sold the pearls as beads had got them during the Indian Mutiny when looting a temple full of Hindu gods.

Source: Liverpool Daily Post - September 1913

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JEWEL THIEF'S £8,000 COUP

Paris


While a shopman was outside the jeweller's premises of M. Clerc, 4, Place de l'Opera, Paris, at seven in the morning, rolling up the mechanical shutter, a robber entered the shop door unnoticed by him or by two employees within, lifted the velvet curtain forming the background of the window, and rifled it of £8000 worth of jewellery.

Before the shutter had been rolled up the robber had quietly walked away, again quite unnoticed.


Source: The Wanganui Chronicle - 21st August 1907

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JEWELLER'S TIME SIGNAL

Halifax, Nova Scotia


As Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a British military and naval station, a signal gun is fired from the citadel each day at noon, and at 9.30 p.m. The time has always been supplied by Robert H. Cogswell, jeweller. Twenty years ago the sergeant in charge of the gun daily regulated his watch at Mr. Cogswell's store. Several years ago this plan was discontinued, and a flag signal system was adopted. This in turn was succeeded by a time ball signal system. A short time ago, on account of the frequent interference with the signals by fog, a new arrangement for firing the gun was perfected. A cable has been laid from Mr. Cogswell's establishment to the citadel, and this is connected with a clock which automatically fires the gun. The dial of the astronomical clock bears two small receptacles containing mercury. One of these is so placed that the reverse end of the second hand will touch the mercury when the index end points to the sixtieth second. Each end of the minute hand touches the mercury in the other receptacle, one end at the hour, and the other at the half hour. When the minute hand touches the mercury in one receptacle, and the second hand touches it in the other, the circuit is completed, and the cannon is discharged by an electric current passing through the clock. The military authorities at the citadel are able by means of a switchboard to cut the gun out of the circuit, connecting it only a few minutes before the firing is to be done.

Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st December 1890

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JAMES PIERCE - JEWEL THIEF

London


A singular circumstance has come to light in reference to a man named James Pierce and Emily Lawrence, convicted at the Central Criminal Court of robbing several jewellers at the West End, and also supposed to be concerned in the robbery of jewels, of the value of £10,000, from a jeweller's in the Palais Royal at Paris. After his sentence, Pierce was removed to the Millbank Penitentiary, and shortly after he gave his shirt to be washed, but subsequently appeared very anxious to get it back again. This excited suspension, and on carefully examining the shirt something hard was found in the upper part of it, apparently sewed into the stuff. It proved to be a diamond valued at nearly £100.

Source: The North Wales Chronicle - 6th October 1860

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HUGH McGREGOR

Prince George's County, Maryland


FOUNDER OF A. F. L. CALLED BY DEATH

Funeral of Hugh McGregor to Be Held Today


Funeral services for Hugh McGregor, one of the founders of the American Federation of Labor, who died at his home in Prince George County, Md. Saturday afternoon, will be held from the home of his son, John McGregor, 1315 S street northwest, at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Interment will be In Congressional Cemetery.

Mr. McGregor was the first secretary of the organization which he helped to launch, and held the office for many years. He was also a well-known magazine writer on trade union matters.

During his forty years' connection with the trades unions, Mr. McGregor organized many societies in America, the principal one being the Workman's Institute Association.

Born in London in 1841, his early life was spent as an apprentice jeweler, after which he went to Italy and fought under Garibaldi. He was well known in London among the labor people, having been instrumental in organising the Jewelers' Union of England.


Source: The Washington Herald - 27th February 1911

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ALBERT G.F. HEISE

Attleboro, Massachusetts


Albert G. F. Heise, a local silversmith, is in the toils of the law. He was arrested last week and taken to New Bedford, where he was found guilty of failure to support his wife and minor child.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 8th November 1899

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FIRE AT WOOD & HUGHES

New York


A fire broke out last night in the building No. 104 Fulton street, in the third story, occupied by Messrs. Wood & Hughes, silversmiths. The fire was put out before it reached beyond the story in which it had originated. The silverware being put away In safes, was not injured. The stock in the lower story was much damaged by water. The entire loss by fire and water amounted to about $1,000. Covered by insurance. About 10½ o'clock in the evening the fire broke out in this place the second time, and called out the fire department. It was extinguished without much difficulty.

Source: The New York Herald - 29th March 1854

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DAVID GRIFFITH - JEWELLER AND ARCHDRUID

Wales


"Clwydfardd," the Archdruid, is now 95 years of age, and, naturally, he has a larger experience of the Eisteddfod than any man living. He never misses an eisteddfod, and, although he rather defective of hearing, he takes an active part in eisteddfodic and Gorsedd proceedings. A jeweller and watchmaker by trade, he is a local preacher with the Welsh Wesleyans. His grandfather was a noted bard, and "Clwydfardd" himself won his first prize 70 years ago. It was he who initiated" Hwfa Mon" something like 40 years back. Longevity is a characteristic in the Archdruid's family. His father and mother lived till over 80, and an aunt lived till she was 106. Despite his great age, the venerable Archdruid is always busy, and seldom tired.

Source: The Cambrian - 13th July 1894

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gri ... Clwydfardd)

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THE ROYAL SILVER Co.

Newark, New Jersey


The Royal Silver Co., 46, Oliver St., Newark, N.J. are seeking a site as they have outgrown their present quarters.

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

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E.H.H. SMITH SILVER Co.

Bridgeport, Connecticut


The E. H. H. Smith Silver Co., of Bridgeport, Conn., manufacturers of plated and sterling-silver goods, have gone into the hands of a receiver who is now conducting the plant. It is unknown just what disposition will be made of the business, but indications are that the business will be reorganized and continued.

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

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FLOODED AND FROZEN

North Attleboro


A hoop broke last week on the big water tank in the Union Power building, and tons of water poured out down into the shops. The accident happened during the evening and consequently had sufficient time to do a lot of damage before being discovered the next morning. The offices of F. S. Gilbert, Furbish, Swift & Fisher and F. I. Gorton were flooded and hundreds of dollars worth of damage was done to boxes and stationery. The damage was particularly heavy in the Gilbert and Furbish, Swift & Fisher offices. To make matters worse the night was intensely cold and the water froze into layers of ice.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 19th February 1908

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