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Garrard and Co

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November 1927.
May 1953.
June 1953.
December 1955.
December 1960.
04th March 1961.
February 1965. Emeralds.
October 1976.

Garrards of 24 Albermarle Street and 17 Grafton Street, London, W.

of 112 Regent Street, London W.1. (1959)

1721 Company established by George Wickes of "Ye King's Arms", Panton Street.

1739 First Royal appointment to Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II.

Company taken over by:

  • 1747 Edward Wakelin.
  • 1776 John Wakelin.
  • 1792 John Wakelin and Robert Garrard.

1852 The celebrated diamond, the "Koh-i-noor" was recut on the premises, the first facet being cut by the Duke of Wellington.

1853 'formerly the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co'[1]

1909 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Crown jewellers, goldsmiths and silversmiths. Appointed Crown Jewellers to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, the appointment entailing supervision of the regalia. Supplied Queen Mary's crown which she wore at Westminster Abbey; also the Imperial crown worn by King George V at the Delhi Durbar. Specialities: fine diamond and coloured gem jewellery and pearls, gold and silver plate and artistic productions in both gold and silver, the Insignia of all the principal Orders of Knighthood. [2]

1915 They formed the Garrard Engineering and Manufacturing Company Ltd with Major S. H. Garrard as Chairman, to run a factory set up in the premises of the White Heather Laundry in Willesden, London, to create precision rangefinders, as they had the specialist equipment necessary.

1945 Following the death of Major S. H. Garrard, all the links with Garrard Engineering and Manufacturing Co were severed and The Garrard Engineering and Manufacturing Company Ltd became a separate entity.

1959 Acquired by Sears Holdings[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. See advert
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. The Times, Oct 24, 1959