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Postby dognose » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:46 am

DESIGN FOR RACING CUPS

London


Sir, I often see in the journals illustrations of Racing Cups, which make me pine, not for their possession, but for an article in the 'Builder' dealing with these things as you dealt with the jewellery. Teapots and sugar-basins have mended their ways, and have given up their old gouty forms, but sporting plate clings to models which might hail from the catalogue of the 1851 Exhibition. This year’s Manchester Cup, for instance, seems, from its portrait in the 'St. James's Budget', to be so bad that the jockeys might be expected to refuse to ride for such a thing if they saw it. Figures of Truth and Prudence, virtues delightfully appropriate for a nineteenth century turf trophy, are perched on weak little brackets to form the handles, and Fame, on a very reduced scale, stands on the lid. Tiny lions, rampant, squat on an unsafe astragal at the base, beside wreaths big enough for them to jump through. The whole thing appears to be built up out of a jumble of stock details, regardless of their respective scales. The authorship is claimed by a great firm, of course ; it is always so with these things, except in the case of minor provincial meetings, when our fellow-towns-man, the local jeweller, suppresses the big firm’s name and substitutes his own, not as having designed, but as having sold the prize, a far more difficult matter one would think, if one did not know how complete is the divorce of art from sport. It would be interesting to learn whether the prices have, like the patterns, stood still, or whether, with silver at about half the old rate, the trophies are either half the old price or double the old weight.
L. C. R.


Source: The Builder - 29th June 1895

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Postby dognose » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:56 am

EIGHT-EIGHTEEN P.M.

New York


Outside the shop of every New York jeweller there hangs, as a sign, an immense imitation watch. Everybody notices that fact, few probably notice that the time by all these watch signs is always the same— eighteen minutes past eight. Of course there is an explanation to be supplied, and the explanation has a curious historical interest. The manufacture of these jeweller's signs is a monopoly; there is but one factory in New York whence they are turned out. On the night of April 14, in the year 1865, the man who owns that factory was hard at work completing an order for a Broadway jeweller. Suddenly the jeweller rushed in with the news that President Lincoln had been shot in Ford's Theatre at Washington by John Wilkes Booth. "Paint those hands," he said, pointing to the sign, "at the hour and minute that Lincoln was shot, that the deed may never be forgotten." "I did so," said the sign painter, "and since that night every watch sign that has gone out from here has been lettered the same as that one."

Source: The Aberystwith Observer and Merionethshire News - 14th April 1892

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DANIEL DE WITT BROKAW

New Jersey


Jewelry Manufacturer Stricken on His Way to Business

Daniel De Witt Brokaw, a Jewelery manufacturer of 15 Maiden lane, died suddenly yesterday morning on the New Jersey Central platform In Jersey City. He was on his way to business from his home In North Plainfield.

Mr Brokaw was 68 years old. Death was due to heart disease. Mr. Brokaw was born near Bound Brook, N. J. and had resided In North Plainfield for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church In Plainfield. He leaves a wife, a son, a brother and three sisters.


Source: The Sun - 22nd November 1916

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FACTORY GIRL WEDS EMPLOYER

Attleboro, Massachusetts


Attleboro, Mass.. July 2 - Nettie May Lamond. a factory girl, was married today to the senior partner of the firm for which she was a humble employee. Her husband is Ernest D. Gilmore, wealthy Jewelry manufacturer.

The romance began when Gllmore had occasion to visit the department in which Miss Lamond was employed. Ha asked the foreman to Introduce
him. The marriage was the culmination of this meeting.

Gllmore has been a widower for a year.


Source: The Washington Herald - 24th July 1922

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Postby dognose » Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:47 am

HOLMES & EDWARDS'S 'GOLD ALUMINUM'

Bridgeport, Connecticut


The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Bridgeport, Conn., are stirring up things with their new “ gold aluminum ” line of flat ware. The metal is a new one, resembling gold, and the ware attracts at first sight. The pieces are of solid metal, free from all trace of the baser metal used in high class plated ware, and, having no plating, it is said it will never wear nor lose its beautiful color, and is easily cleaned. “Gold ’’ware is thus placed within the reach of all in all pieces of table flat ware except knives.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 31st October 1894

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PHILLIPS BROTHERS

London


Mr. Phillips, the jeweller, in Cockspur-street, London, has purchased Story's celebrated statues of "Cleopatra" and" The Sybilla," in the Roman Court of the International Exhibition, and has paid three thousand guineas for them.

Source: The Aberdare Times - 4th October 1862

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SAMUEL KIRK & SON

Baltimore, Maryland


Robbery or Diamonds

The firm of S. Kirk & Son, gold and silversmiths, was robbed yesterday of diamond jewelry valued at $1,250 by an unknown Frenchman. On
Saturday a man called and looked at some valuable jewelry and ordered a set of diamonds, which he said be desired to be sent to a house yesterday, at which he was stopping, on the corner of North Charles and Hamilton streets. Yesterday the firm sent the jewelry as requested to the house indicated by an employe. The Frenchman, It is said examined me jewels, and after rejecting a necklace, to throw the messenger off his guard, took the rest and left me room, under me pretext that be was going to snow them to his wife, who, he said, was up stairs, but instead of going up stairs be left me house by a back door. The detectives have the case in hand, but with what hope of success of capturing the alleged robber it not known.


Source: The Evening Star - 17th October 1876

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MARK OF ORIGIN ON IMPORTED GOODS

Sheffield


On the 10th inst. the Sheffield Federated Trades Council met to discuss a resolution which had been passed at a recent meeting with reference to the placing of a mark of origin on all imported manufactured articles. If was reported to the meeting that the resolution had been sent to a number of members of Parliament. The replies were mostly of a sympathetic nature, although in some instances a diplomatic answer was sent to the effect that whatever was done by the Council should have the sympathetic attention of the M.P. The Sheffield Cutlery Mfg. Association at a recent meeting considered the advisability of taking steps to raise the price of their products, owing to the advance in the price of hafting material. The meeting generally seemed to be of the opinion that 5 per cent, should be added, but the discussion of the matter was adjourned.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 13th February 1907

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THE MAYOR'S CRADLE

Liverpool


Liverpool has again been called upon to fulfil the legendary custom of the ancient borough, as expressed in the following lines:

"Gif Leverpoole's good Maior sd everre be
Made fatherre inne hys yere offe maioraltee,
Then sal bee giften, bye ye townmenne free,
Ane silver cradle too hys faire ladye."

Accordingly, a fund has been raised to present the wife of his worship, Mr. Thomas Littledale, with a silver cradle, commemorative of the birth of a son and heir and the work has been placed in the hands of the town silversmith, Mr. Mayer, of Lord-street, who has designed a piece of plate which will, we doubt not, reflect credit on the town, as well as add another leaf to the laurels which he has long and deservedly worn as a reward for the inventive genius which he always displays in any work intrusted to his care. The subject Mr. Mayer has selected for illustration on this occasion is the "Birth of Commerce," and it is well chosen to record the great maritime importance of this "city of ships." The form of this work of art is very simple, being a votive tripod, on the top of which is the Genius of Liverpool sitting on a rock, with her foot resting on a marine shell, indicative of her proximity to the sea, as the name of the great river sufficiently shows—Mere-sea, or Mersey. In her right-hand, resting on her lap in a peaceful attitude, she holds a wreath of bay leaves, awarded to her as the mistress of the commerce of the world before her are an ancient Briton and his wife, who, bearing on their shoulders a coracle (the earliest form of a boat used in the British isles), in which is sleeping a young child, lay it at the feet of the Genius of Liverpool, to denote the early infancy of commerce, as yet reposing in the quiet of early time. We understand that the plate will not be ready for presentation until after the expiration of his worship's year of office.


Source: Liverpool Mercury - October 1852

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INVENTION OF THE EVER-POINTED PENCIL

London


It is not generally known that Mr. John Isaac Hawkins, civil engineer, Hampstead, in the year 1822, invented that useful and now well-known pocket appendage, the patent ever-pointed pencil, and the leads for the same, the right of making which was purchased from him by Gabriel Riddle and Sampson Mordan, under the well-known firm of S. Mordan & Co.

Source: Mechanic's Magazine - April 1837

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GAS EXPLOSION BLASTS OUT JEWELER'S WINDOWS

Chicago


A gas main explosion at the corner of Monroe St. and Michigan Ave. late Thursday night destroyed $5,000 of plate glass. Twelve large windows in the wholesale jewelry house of G. A. Soden & Co., were blown out, and J. H. Purdy & Co. had three windows shattered. The business of the firms was but slightly interfered with.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 16th November 1892

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THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION - 1862

London

The show of jewellery in this exhibition by private English firms is really astonishing, both for its beauty and its value. Quite exclusive of the Koh-i-noor, which, of course, is of fabulous price, four or five London goldsmiths alone send in goods to the value of upwards of a million sterling. France and other countries also show very beautiful jewels and specimens of workmanship in gold and silver; but the united value of all of the foreign collections would not amount to half of that shown by the London jewellers alone.

Source: The Aberdare Times - 10th May 1862

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JEWELLER JAILED

London


At the Central Criminal Court on Thursday, James Saunders was found guilty of burglary at the residence of Lady Hozier in Cornwall-gardens, and carrying away property to the value of £80, and Thomas Redfern, a jeweller in the Edgware-road, was found guilty of receiving some of the stolen property. Portions of the proceeds of six burglaries, including a silver kettle stolen from Lady Hozier's, were found on Redfern's premises. Saunders, who is now undergoing a sentence for burglary, was sentenced to four years', and Redfern to three years', penal servitude.

Source: Evening Express - 28th February 1896

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C. HANSEN & Co.

San Diego, California


The firm of C. Hansen & Co., San Diego, Cal., which has been in the electroplating and metal spinning business since 1910, has been bought out by E. J. Garvin and L. A. Howland, of the Art Metal Sign Co. in the same town. The Art Metal Sign Co. and the Art Metal Mfg. & Plating Co., will be carried on as separate firms.

Source: The Brass World and Platers' Guide - September 1914

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JEWELS FOR A RUSSIAN PRINCESS

Paris


A very novel and costly set of jewels has recently been got up by a leading Parisian jeweller for a Russian princess. It is composed of large pink pearls set in diamonds, alternately with torquoises, also set in diamonds. The parure comprises the diadem, necklace, bracelet, brooch, and earrings, the latter formed each of a round torquoise set in diamonds, from which depends a single pear-shaped pink pearl. These ear-drops are valued at 30,000fr. a piece.

Source: Court Journal - April 1882

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CLEVER ROBBERY

Boston


A daring robbery in broad daylight occurred in Boston, on October 17th. Mr. W. M. Maynard, the owner of a jewelry store and loan office at 16 Brattle square, had his place robbed of $1,200 worth of goods. While he was at dinner, two men, dressed as laborers, came to his store, and after covering the windows with whiting, entered the store by means of a step-ladder and through a transom above the door. Beside fifty gold watches and seventy-five silver ones, a lot of chains and diamond rings were taken. Mr. Maynard estimates the value of the stolen property between $1,200 and $1,500.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - November 1888

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CHEAP JEWELLERY IN ENGLAND

London


According to recent advices, there is a decided boom in England just now in the cheaper kinds of jewelry, which is attributed to the increased earnings of those engaged on munitions of war. The demand for wrist watches has been especially heavy. This has led to a practically new line of business with Switzerland, which sent Great Britain last month 34,085 gold watches and 34,390 gold watch cases, and since the first of 1916 a total of 261,597 watches and 390,910 cases to be made up there. The latest government order has killed this trade, as it prohibits the importation of gold, but no mention is made in the order of silver watches. The trade is trying to secure a modification of the order.

Source: Notions and Fancy Goods - February 1917

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JEWELLER'S SUICIDE

Exeter


At Exeter on Monday afternoon, whilst the police were searching the premises of a jeweller under warrant of suspicion of possessing stolen property, he seized a gallipot and drunk the oxalic acid it contained. An emetic was immediately given, and the man was removed to hospital, where he died soon after admission.

Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 17th March 1908

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THE PERSIAN CROWN JEWELS

Persia


The inventory of the crown jewels of Persia has just been completed and is said to confirm the conjecture that they are really of fabulous value.

One glass case two feet long and a foot and a half high and wide is more than half-full of exquisite pearls of all sizes. There are also in profusion necklaces, shields, scabbards, vessels of gold, sword hilts and chains blazing red with rubies or studded and incrusted with enamels, rubies, diamonds, pearls and gems of all kinds.

Perhaps the most valuable and most exquisite of all is the globe 20 inches in diameter on which are pictured the countries of the world in varicolored gems. The seas are made of emeralds, and in all there are 50,000 stones. This globe is estimated at a value of at least £1,000,000.


Source: The Sun - 20th October 1909

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FAKED BURGLARY ENDS IN JEWELER'S DOWNFALL

Paris


Too much thrift caused the downfall of a jeweler who hired a band of burglars to simulate a robbery so he could collect $24,000 Insurance.

Rene Racover tried to save damage to his front door by leaving off the iron bar and failed to lock the main door of his safe and so the truth came out. His economy also caused him to defer paying the burglars until the day before his insurance expired, which increased the suspicions of the police.

Likewise, the burglars were cautious and exacted cash in advance. They promised a "thorough and careful job'' for $3,600. but they showed too much care, and the police could find no evidence of breaking and entering or much work on the safe, where the jeweler left the final payment for the crooks to get by their own efforts.


Source: The Evening Star - 23rd April 1928

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