Firms Working in Wales in the 19th and 20th Centuries

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JOHN EVANS

96, High Street, Swansea


Recorded as a Watchmaker at 96, High Street, in the Cambria Daily Leader Swansea & District Directory of 1887.

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J.H. BERESFORD

106, High Street, Swansea


Recorded as a Watchmaker at 106, High Street, in the Cambria Daily Leader Swansea & District Directory of 1887.

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A. BEBINGTON

174a, High Street, Swansea


Recorded as a Watchmaker and Jeweller at 174a, High Street, in the Cambria Daily Leader Swansea & District Directory of 1887.

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A. MARTIN

195, High Street, Swansea


Recorded as Watchmaker, 195, High Street, in the Cambria Daily Leader Swansea & District Directory of 1887.

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XAVIER GANZ

231, High Street, Swansea


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X. Ganz - Swansea - 1900

Established in 1854.

Recorded as a Jeweller, at 231, High Street, in the Cambria Daily Leader Swansea & District Directory of 1887.

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T.W. GAYDON

237, High Street, Swansea


Recorded as a Watchmaker and Jeweller, at 237, High Street, in the Cambria Daily Leader Swansea & District Directory of 1887.

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SPIRIDION & SON

Commercial Street, later, Duke Street, Cardiff


Fire.–The premises of Mr. M. Spiridion, watchmaker and jeweller, Commercial Street, Cardiff, were damaged by fire last month to the extent of £10.

Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st November 1889



Cardiff Council Minutes

2nd November 1897

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Beavan, J.P.), on behalf of the General Purposes Committee appointed to carry out the celebration of the Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen in Cardiff, presented to the Council a magnificent chain and badge (subscribed for by the ladies of Cardiff in commemoration of the 60th year of the reign of Her Majesty) for use at functions by the Mayoress of Cardiff for the time being.

Resolved That this Council have pleasure in accepting the same.

The following is a description of the badge, which was designed and supplied by Messrs. Spiridion & Son, Cardiff:–

The Chain is composed of a succession of shields, Tudor roses, dragons, goats and sea-horses, all made of 18-carat gold. The shield, which occupies the centre of the front of the chain, is emblazoned in correct heraldic colours with the arms of the County Borough of Cardiff, the chevronels being composed of rubies. The shield is surmounted by a mural crown set in diamonds. Occupying a similar position at the back of the chain is a shield bearing the arms of Wales, also surmounted by a diamond mural crown. At the back of this shield is a pair of leeks in saltire. On each side of the chain from front to back are six shields, each of which is charged with the arms of one of the twelve counties of Wales. For those counties which bear no arms, the arms or seal of the chief corporate body in that county have been adopted. These are all enamelled as far as possible in correct heraldic colours, and each is surmounted by the Prince of Wales' plumes. Each shield is supported by either a dragon and goat, or a dragon and sea-horse, it being the intention of the designer that those counties which have a seaboard should be supported by a sea-horse, and inland counties by a goat. Between every two shields is a Tudor rose, the Common Seal of the Borough of Cardiff, correctly enamelled. There is also a contrivance by which the chain may be shortened several lengths. The pendant is composed mainly of diamonds. The centre of it is occupied by an enamelled painted portrait of the Queen, surmounting which are the Royal Arms, properly enamelled. At each side of the portrait is a figure, representing respectively Poetry and Music. Below these are branches, in diamonds, rubies and emeralds, of roses, thistles and shamrocks. At the back of the pendant is an inscription setting forth the occasion of the presentation. The link which joins the pendant to the chain is composed of a Tudor rose, on which is set a diamond of the first water. The whole is enclosed in a red morocco case, and the coloured design is framed and hung up in one of the rooms of the Town Hall.


Source: Cardiff Council Minutes: 1896-7 - Cardiff Records - 1905


The business was founded by Wladyslaw Spiridion Kliszczewski (he used his middle name as his surname) (b.1819 - d.1891) who left Poland in 1831, arrived in England in 1837, and spent time working for a watchmaker at Hanover Square, London. He moved to Hampshire, married in 1848, he was naturalised in 1855, and later settled in Cardiff where he founded his business. The firm was continued by his son, Józef Adolph Spiridion (b.1849 - d.1932). The family were close friends of the author Joseph Conrad.

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THE PRINCIPALITY PLATING COMPANY

82, City Road, Cardiff


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The Principality Plating Company - Cardiff - 1919

The business of W.H. Jenkins and E.W. Tucker.

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R.B. PRATT

Haverfordwest


Intrepid Conduct of a Youth - A few days ago two lads, named Henry Pratt (son of Mr. R. B. Pratt, jeweller, Haverfordwest), and Arthur Hitchings, nephew of Mr. Potter, High-street, were bathing in the river, near the Priory Mills, Haverfordwest, in company with other boys about their own age, when Hitchings, who could not swim, accidentally got beyond his depth, and shouting for assistance, disappeared. Young Pratt, who is only eleven years of age, and a smaller lad than Hitchings, but who had fortunately acquired the art of swimming, instantly swam to the spot where Hitchings had disappeared, and upon his coming again into View Pratt seized him with one hand and endeavoured to pull him ashore, but, in consequence of Hitchings grasping Pratt by his leg, not only were the courageous efforts of the latter neutralized, but his own safety was placed in imminent danger. Both struggled together in the water, and at length Pratt succeeded in disengaging himself from the grasp of Hitchings,but still seeing that his companion’s life was in danger, and nothing daunted by the peril from which he had himself escaped, he made another effort to save him, and grasping him by the hair of his head, actually succeeded in bringing Hitchings safely to terrafirma, and no doubt saved him from a watery grave.

Source: The Cottager's Monthly Visitor - 1852

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FRANCIS ADOLPH FURTWANGLER

24, Green Street, Neath


Notices to Creditors

Furtwangler, Francis Adolph, Watchmaker and Jeweler, 24, Green Street, Neath. Trustee : Official Receiver, Swansea.


Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st July 1892


Notices to Creditors

Furtwangler, Francis Adolph, Watchmaker and Jeweler, 24, Green Street, Neath. Composition of 9s., at Official Receiver's, Swansea, June 29.


Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st August 1892


FURTWANGLER, FRANCIS ADOLPH, Jeweler, 24, Green-Street, Neath. The first meeting of creditors was held on January 12th. From debtor's statement of affairs it seems that the gross liabilities amount to, £736 19s. 3d., of which £717 13s. 3d. is expected to rank. The assets amount to, £233 4s. 6d., leaving a deficiency of, £503 14s. 6d. The debtor said that he commenced business on his own account about five years ago. Previous to that time he was in business with a Mr. W. Grieshaber, trading as Grieshaber and Co. In July, 1889, the partnership was dissolved, the debtor taking over the business and agreeing to pay his late partner, £1,050, and the liabilities of the firm amounted to, £609. In May, 1892, debtor filed his petition, his liabilities then being about, £2,100. A composition of 9s. in the £, payable by bills at four, eight, twelve, fifteen, and eighteen months, was carried, but part of the fifteen and eighteen months' bills have not been met, and are now scheduled in his statement of affairs as contingent liabilities. Debtor alleges that the causes of his insolvency were " bad trade, pressure by creditors, and legal expenses." The public examination will be held on February 6th, at the Town Hall, Neath.

Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st February 1894

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C. HUTCHINSON

46, Wind Street, Swansea


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WILLIAM HENRY WINSTONE

Cardiff


THE BANKRUPTCY ACT, 1883

Receiving Orders

To surrender in the Country. – William Henry Winstone, Cardiff, jeweller.


Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st March 1887

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KAISER & SON

42, later 33, (Morgan Arcade) St Mary Street, Cardiff

Established since the 1880's at least, Kaiser & Son relocated to the front entrance of the Morgan Arcade when it opened in 1896. Upon the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, Kaiser & Son, like so many of those in the jewellery trade who had German origins, restyled their name to Kingston Brothers, a name the business was to continue under until 1981. The premises is still a jewellers today and since 1981 operating under the name of Jonathan David, the business of David Hughes-Lewis and his son, Jonathan.

Elias Kaiser is recorded at 42, St. Mary Street, in Kelly's Directory of the Watch and Clock Trades - 1880

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THOMAS & Co.

44, Commercial Street, Aberdare


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Thomas & Co. were recorded as Watchmakers & Jewellers of 44, Commercial Street, Aberdare in Kelly’s Directory for South Wales - 1923

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H.B. PHILLIPS

127, Windsor Road, Neath


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WILLIAM MORRIS

Custom House Street, Cardiff


BANKRUPTCY

CARDIFF

William Morris, working jeweller, Cardiff, next came up for examination. He commenced business in Cardiff fourteen years ago with no capital. He went into Custom House Street, Cardiff, in 1884, where he opened a shop with stock from a Birmingham firm, the arrangement being quarterly payments. He now owed them £309 4s. 9d. No books of account had been kept. Twelve months ago he had to resort to the assistance of pawnbrokers to meet his accounts. He had commenced pledging in October, 1886. He had also a shop in the arcade, where there was £260 worth of goods, which had been seized by Mr. Clarke on behalf of Mr. Haydn.–Examination adjourned for particulars of goods pledged.


Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st May 1888

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JUDAH ISAAC TUMPOWSKY

Rhymney, later, Pontlottyn, later, Cardiff


Re Judah Isaac Tumpowsky. jeweller and outfitter, late of Pontlottyn, but now of 26, Broadway, Cardiff, came up in the Cardiff Bankruptcy Court last month for his public examination. The debtor's statement of affairs showed that there was a deficiency of £1,136. In reply to the Official Receiver, the debtor stated that he originally started in business at Rhymney in 1884 : then he went to Pontlottyn, and in November or December, 1888. he came to Cardiff. He attributed his failure to his wife's illness, and to the persecution of other pawnbrokers. He borrowed money when he started, and subsequently. He had been helped all through until he came to Cardiff. The examination was closed.

Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st June 1889

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J. HORTON & SON

5-6, Church Street, Wrexham


Partnership Dissolved

The partnership between John Percy Horton and Ethel Caldwell, carrying on business as Jewellers at 5 and 6, Church Street, Wrexham, Denbigh under the style or firm name of J. Horton & Son, has been dissolved by mutual consent as from December 31, 1956. All debts to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said John Percy Horton who will continue to carry on the said business under the same style or firm.


Source: Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith - February 1958

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SHERRATT

Church Street, Flint


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B. BARER Ltd.

The Kingsway, and 18, Park Street, Swansea


At Swansea, B. Barer Ltd., diamond merchants, have opened new premises in The Kingsway, the original site of their premises that were destroyed by enemy action in 1941. The 18, Park Street shop is to be retained as a branch for the sale of clocks, watches and cutlery and for all repairs.

Source: Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith - July 1960

B. Barer Ltd. were incorporated as a limited liability company on the 15th September 1954.

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