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Metcalfe, Bingley and Co

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of 130b and 131, Oxford Street, London

James Bingley and F. M. Metcalfe

1834 George Metcalfe, Senior, is resident at 130 Oxford St.[1]

1842 Advert. 'SPONGE - METCALFE'S SMYRNA SPONGE, guaranteed to the Public in its pure and natural state whereby its voluable properties of absorption, vitality, and durability are preserved. Arrangements have been extensively made, in conjunction with several merchants, to insure the direct delivery of the importations into our hands, by this means securing it from any destructive process and deception that may be used by the many intermediate hands it now has to pass through before reaching the consumer, and consequently effecting a great saving in the price: the luxury of a genuine Smyrna Sponge can now be obtained. Also the following of Metcalfe's newly invented and highly improved and peculiar BRUSHES, which have obtained so much celebrity, the new pattern Tooth Brush, Hair, Cloth Flesh arid Velvet ditto, and every other kind of Brushes and Combs CAUTION— In the Address, to be had only at Metcalfe's sole Establishment, 130 B. Oxford-street, opposite Hanover-square.'[2]

1848 Partnership dissolved. 'NOTICE is hereby given, that the ostensible Partnership lately subsisting between the undersigned, in the trade or business of Brush Manufacturers, under the firm of Metcalfe and Co. carried on at No. 130B, Oxford street, in the county of Middlesex, was this day dissolved by mutual consent. All debts due or owing, to the said ostensible partnership will be received by the undersigned James Bingley; and all debts and liabilities due or owing by or from the said ostensible partnership will be paid and discharged by the said James Bingley; As witness our hands this 27th day of July 1848. F. M. Metcalfe and James Bingley.'[3]

1848 Advert for Alkaline Toothpaste and for a 'New Pattern' Toothbrush. Address is Metcalfe, Bingley and Co, 130b Oxford Street.[4]

1855 Paris Exhibition. Listed as Metcalfe, Bingley and Co of 130b and 131, Oxford Street but wide range of toiletry goods are marked 'Metcalfe and Co'

1876 Advert for Toothbrushes and other items. Address is Metcalfe, Bingley and Co, 130b and 131, Oxford Street.[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Electoral Register
  2. Morning Post - Tuesday 03 May 1842
  3. The London Gazette Publication date:28 July 1848 Issue:20881 Page:2828
  4. Morning Post - Saturday 02 December 1848
  5. London Evening Standard - Saturday 01 July 1876