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Coty Compacts & Heritage

Coty Compacts & Heritage

In 1904 Francois Coty founded his company in Paris. His dream was to revolutionize perfume making.

In 1908, Coty relocated his manufacturing headquarters to Suresnes. He acquired property and began to turn the area a center of excellence dedicated to the manufacture of perfume, to realize his dreams. “ La cite des parfums “ would, at its height employ in the region of 9000 staff. It had the capacity to manufacture 100,000 bottles of perfume a day.

Coty knew that he needed to appeal to a wider clientele & he had to make his cosmetics more affordable. Hugely influential artists, designers & artisans were used to create the luxurious nature of this brand. Rene Lalique & the Glassworks of Baccarat were engaged to produce the most gorgeous creations in which Coty sold his perfumes.

Products as luxurious as Rene Lalique glass had never been made available to the mass market & these eye-catching works of art enhanced Coty’s standing in the trade.

You can find out more on the history behind this revered perfumer in our bespoke fact packs that come with every order - shop the collection.

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Cartier Jewelry & Heritage

Cartier Jewelry & Heritage

Société Cartier designs, manufactures, distributes and sells jewellery, watches and other fine items of fashion. 

They were founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier. The company maintains its headquarters in Paris.

Louis-François Cartier founded Cartier in Paris in 1847. In 1874, Louis-François' son Alfred Cartier took over the company, but it was Alfred's sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques, who were responsible for establishing the brand name worldwide.

In 1904, the Brazilian pioneer aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier of the unreliability and impracticality of using pocket watches while flying. Cartier designed a flat wristwatch with a distinctive square bezel. This watch was liked by not only Santos-Dumont but also many other customers. Thus the "Santos" was born and was Cartier's first men's wristwatch.

Louis retained responsibility for the Paris branch, moving to the Rue de la Paix in 1899. He was responsible for some of the company's most celebrated designs, like the mystery clocks(a type of clock with a transparent dial and so named because its mechanism is hidden), fashionable wristwatches and exotic orientalist Art Deco designs, including the colorful "Tutti Frutti" jewels.

You can find out more on the history behind this iconic jeweler in our bespoke fact packs that come with every order - shop our beautiful range of Cartier items here.

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About Adie Bros

About Adie Bros

The firm was incorporated in 1906 joining the firms of McKewan & Adie (manufacturing jewellers, gold and silversmiths) and Edward Souter Barnsley  (box and case makers). The firm was controlled by Percy Adie until 1901 and afterwards by Tony Adie and Frank Taylor. In the late 1960s the firm became part of British Silverware and closed in 1968


British Silverware Ltd had a strong track record in supplying the finest bespoke silverware to some of the world's largest super yachts.


The prestigious firm of Elkington & Co. in 1963 were  taken over by British Silverware, Ltd. In 1971 British Silverware, Ltd. became a subsidiary of Delta Metal Co. Ltd

 

Adie Bros were well known for their vanities too, most particularly those adorned with guilloche enamel.

 

You can find out more on the history behind this iconic silversmith in our bespoke fact packs that come with every order - shop Adie Bros here.

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About Silversmiths Garrard & Co

About Silversmiths Garrard & Co

The company that was to become Garrard was founded by George Wickes , who lived 1698–1761. He entered his mark in the Goldsmiths' Hall in 1722. He had set up business in Threadneedle Street in London in 1722; the company moved to Panton Street off Haymarket in London in 1735 as a goldsmith and provider of jewellery and other luxury items to aristocratic patrons.

He was a very accomplished silversmith well known for his work in the rococo style, and gained the patronage of the then Prince of Wales. His two apprentices of John Parker and Edward Wakelin, purchased the company following Wickes’ retirement in 1760, replaced by John Wakelin and William Taylor in 1776. After the death of William Taylor, Robert Garrard became a partner in the company in 1792.

He took sole control of the firm in 1802, with his sons Robert Garrard II, James and Sebastian who succeeded him, trading as R., J., & S. Garrard or Robert Garrard & Brothers until James’ retirement in 1835, when the company became R & S Garrard. R & S Garrard remained in the hands of the family until the death of Sebastian, great-grandson of Robert Garrard senior, in 1946.

The brand name of Garrard & Company Ltd was registered in 1909. The company moved to new premises in 1911 to Albemarle Street in London.

Queen Victoria appointed Garrard to the position of Crown Jewellers, leading to the production of numerous pieces of silverware and jewellery for the Royal Family, as well as the upkeep of the Crown Jewels In 1843.

You can find out more on the history behind this iconic silversmith in our bespoke fact packs that come with every order - shop Garrard & Co here.

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About Mappin & Webb Antiques

About Mappin & Webb Antiques

 

In 1775 Jonathan Mappin started a small cutlery workshop in Sheffield. Within a year the first Mappin hallmark was recorded at the assay office. In 1780 Jonathan Mappin was given the Freedom of the Cutlers Company. As you can see from the image above this became a hugely successful concern. The company expanded internationally and received royal commissions from all over the world. The monarchs were so impressed by the excellence of the goods produced royal warrants followed. The name of this enterprise became synonymous with excellence and symbolizing the best of British.


Joseph, Jonathan’s son, followed him into the business. Joseph’s grandson, also called Joseph. But it was his four great grandsons, who incorporated the business as Mappin Brothers Ltd. in the mid 19th century that the huge growth of this enterprise began.


In 1849 the first London based showroom opened on 17 Fore Street and shortly afterwards the eldest brother was knighted and became Sir William Mappin and as the business grew the brothers began to take a different path.

Sir William Mappin left the firm in 1859 and became the senior partner at the Thomas Turton & Sons’ steel mill and gave his share of the company to the other three brothers. In 1860, the youngest brother broke away from Mappin Brothers and started his own business Mappin & Company.  In 1862 he was joined by his brother in law George Webb. George Webb’s name was included in the company name from 1864, it was only in 1868 that Mappin & Webb Co. was formed. Unfortunately George Webb died in 1868. The name of Mappin & Webb Ltd was recorded in 1889. At this time the business was focussing on manufacture based in Sheffield.

You can find out more on the history behind this iconic jeweller in our fact packs that come with every order - shop Mappin & Webb gifts here.

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Extremely rare sterling silver musical Kigu powder box

Extremely rare sterling silver musical Kigu powder box

A couple of years ago I was 'speaking' by email to David Kiashek, who is a descendant of the founder of the world famous Kigu vanities. He told me when Kigu made the solid silver musical powder boxes they only made between 12 - 18 of each model. Which means they were rare when they were first produced. 

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How to date your vintage Stratton powder compact.

How to date your vintage Stratton powder compact.

Eleanor & I made a video for people who wished to date their vintage Stratton powder compacts. In 1997 the Company that made the Stratton powder compacts was sold & they ceased to be British made. Many collectors like only to collect antique or vintage powder compacts & so it is essential that we can date our purchases. Today Stratton compacts are still being made but they are not vintage compacts & there is a lot of confusion about what is & is not a vintage Stratton.

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