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A. C. Gill

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June 1933.
1947. Witchcraft and Radiant.

of 2-12 Warser Gate, Nottingham. Telephone: Nottingham 2268-9. Cables: "Ilba"

1897-1900 [1] A. C. Gill Ltd, the lace manufacturing firm, was founded by Albert Charles Gill sometime between 1897 and 1900.

He had formerly been a partner of Gill and Bass, a lace manufacturing firm set up in about 1890. Both companies operated from premises in Stoney Street, Nottingham.

By 1920, A. C. Gill had moved to Warser Gate, Nottingham and the firm remained there.

1922 The company acquired the lace making firm of William Hurst and Sons, and its premises in George Street (Moorgate Street), Nottingham.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for "Witchcraft - Loveliest of Laces" and "Radiant" Bridal and Bridesmaids Veils. Laces and Allovers for Gowns, Blouses, Lingerie including Valenciennes Laces for many uses, Millinery Veilings and Veils, Embroideries, Dress Nets and Other Novelties. (Textiles Section - Earls Court, Ground Floor, Stand No. 115) [2]

1951 Lace evening dress and jacket made for the Festival of Britain. The pattern of the ‘Witchcraft’ lace used in the dress was based on the recently discovered crystalline structure of Beryl. [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] University of Nottingham: Manuscripts and Special Collections
  2. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 140; and p116
  3. [2] Nottingham Collections Online