Antique and collectible history

International Silver Co

Watrous Manufacturing Co. The Twinette Vanity Case And The International Silver Company

The International Silver Company operated from 1898–1983. The company was also styled as ISC. The company was formed Meriden, Connecticut.

At one time this business was the largest company in the world specialising in the production of silverware.

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William Colgate Colgate & Co. U.S.A.

Colgate History Patents And Illustrated Timeline

In 1806 William Colgate founded his business in New York. The warehouse premises were located at 6 Dutch Street, NY. The firm was involved in the manufacturing of soap and candles. It may seem a little strange to us but their range of soap included brown soap, as well as pale coloured soap. They also offered fancy soaps which were fashioned into unusual shapes.  

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Manfred Durst Fred Manshaw Ltd Founder Kindertransport Document

History Of Fred Manshaw Ltd. The Kindertransport And The Bleeding Heart Yard Legend

It is impossible to look at the photograph of Manfred Durst on the identity document provided to him by His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom without feeling sad for all the casualties of WWII.  Manfred was one of the children who arrived in Great Britain as part of the Kindertransport humanitarian rescue programme.
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Paul Ettlinger Patented 9 Carat Gold Pocket Case 1904

History And Patents Of Jewellers Joseph & Paul Ettlinger

Joseph Ettlinger and his partner Adolphe Aron were located at 60 Aldermanbury London EC from the late 1860s until the beginning of the 1870s. They were the London partners of Triefus & Ettlinger of 103 rue du Temple, Paris. Both gentlemen became particularly well known for their jewellery, cases, elegant fans, leather & ivory goods. The firm also imported French made luxury accessories. Joseph Ettlinger became the Master of the Worshipful Fan Makers Company in 1904. 
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Antique Cleopatra Vanity Box

Egyptomania & The Cleopatra Vanity Box Company Patent

There has been a fascination for ancient Egypt for hundreds if not thousands of years. William Shakespeare’s play Antony and Cleopatra was first performed by the King’s Men in London c.1607. The plot is based on Thomas North's 1579 translation from Plutarch's Lives. Plutarch (c. AD 46 – after AD 119) was a Greek historian, philosopher and a priest at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.

In recent history this fascination was fuelled by the Napoleonic War in the Middle East.
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Fully Hallmarked Antique Gold Locket

An Illustrated History Of Jeweller B. H. Joseph & Co. With Timeline

Barnet Henry Joseph was born in Penzance, England in 1837. His father was Henry Joseph & his mother was Amelia Emily Joseph. Barnet married Isabelle Blanckensee, who was the daughter of the well known jeweller Solomon Blanckensee and Julia Joseph. In 1865 this manufacturing and wholesale jewellers was founded by Barnet Henry Joseph and his brother Henry Joseph. The site they occupied was set in the heart of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. The address of the manufacturing premises is listed as 18, 19 & 20 Frederick Street.

 

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History Of The Wax Seal, Ciphers & Fobs

History Of The Wax Seal, Ciphers & Fobs

Seals have been used since ancient times to seal goods and important communications. Seals were used as early as the seventh millennium B.C. to stamp impressions in clay.  In the fourth millennium B.C. carved cylinders that could be rolled over clay were being used in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia included parts of modern day Iran, Syria & Turkey. The cylinder seals were used to create frieze-like designs on clay.
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Le Rage Powder Compact Vintage Advertisement

Le Rage Powder Compacts, History, Patents & Advertisements

This post includes Le Rage patent drawings, advertisements and vintage powder compacts.

The company which manufactured Le Rage brand accessories was known as Evans Components Co. Ltd. The firm was located at the Paragon Works, 37 Hockley Hill, Birmingham 18, England.

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A Brief History Of Broadway & Co Silversmiths

A Brief History Of Broadway & Co Silversmiths

The firm was founded in 1901 by William Benjamin Broadway. The company is still located in the same area of Birmingham today, which is known as the Jewellery Quarter. In the Edwardian era the Jewellery Quarter was as busy as it is today. The location is noted as a centre for the production of jewellery and many other industries, especially metal working. It is a conservation area with over 200 listed buildings. English Heritage described the quarter as - a unique historic environment in England – a national treasure....a place of unique character with jewellery and metalworking which does not seem to exist anywhere else in the world. The trade of jewellery making in this region dates back to the mediaeval era.
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Charles Murat Silver, Murat et Cie History, Patents & Designs

Charles Murat Silver, Murat et Cie History, Patents & Designs

1850 was an important year for Charles Murat, as he married Julienne Geneviève Eudoxie Lhermitte, in January. Julienne was reasonably well off having been left property and an inheritance from her father. In the same year they moved to rue des Archives in Paris. The premises served as both a dwelling and a jewellery manufacturing concern, as Murat had founded his own firm, Bijoux Murat c.1850.

This post gives details of La Maison Murat successes, catalogues, patents, designs and history. 

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Antique Bakelite Terri Powder Compacts, Terri Inc. Patents And Designs

Antique Bakelite Terri Powder Compacts, Terri Inc. Patents And Designs

The fascination and love for all things antique, vintage and retro extends to articles crafted from Bakelite. The invention of Bakelite made possible the manufacture of some of the most recognisable Terri Inc vanities. The Bakelite Corporation and Terri Inc. are responsible for the production of some of the most iconic Bakelite vanities. 

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The Inventor Sahatiel Mandalian His Mandalian Brand Mesh Bags, History And Patents

The Inventor Sahatiel Mandalian His Mandalian Brand Mesh Bags, History And Patents

The owner of Mandalian Mfg. Co. was a Turkish man named Sahatiel Garabad Mandalian.  Mandalian was a prolific inventor with many patented designs registered to him. He emigrated from Turkey to the United States of America in 1898. In 1906 Mandalian entered into partnership with Eugene A. Hawkins. At this time the firm was known as Mandalian & Hawkins. On November 7 1912 the partners applied to patent a machine for making coat of mail fabric. The inventor was George Gos.
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