Edwards

David Edwards established his business in 1813 at 21 King Street, Bloomsbury, London.

Gaining a great reputation for the quality of his work, David Edwards was appointed, ‘Writing and Dressing Case manufacturer to his most gracious Majesty’, soon after King William IV came to the throne in 1830.

Thomas Edwards, David’s nephew, joined the business in 1832 and subsequently continued it after David died in 1848. The firm earned the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria and the Royal Family, and their maker’s mark changed accordingly, from ‘Manufacturer to HIS Majesty’ to ‘Manufacturer to HER Majesty’.

Thomas’s son, Thomas Jeyes Edwards, succeeded him in the running of the business, winning a prize medal for ‘excellence of workmanship’ for his dressing cases and writing boxes at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Thomas Jeyes remained at the forefront up until the firm of Edwards was absorbed into Asprey in 1858. He continued on to work for Asprey until his retirement in 1872.

Paper Manufacturer's Label belonging to David Edwards, from 1827.

Paper Manufacturer’s Label belonging to David Edwards, from 1827.

Edwards Paper Manufacturer's Label from c.1830.

Edwards Paper Manufacturer’s Label from c.1830.

Edwards Paper Manufacturer's Label from c.1830.

Edwards Paper Manufacturer’s Label from c.1830.

Gentleman’s Dressing Case and Writing Case by Edwards, entered into the 1851 Great Exhibition.

Gentleman’s Dressing Case and Writing Case by Edwards, entered into the 1851 Great Exhibition.

Description of the Gentleman's Dressing Case and Writing Case by Edwards, entered into the 1851 Great Exhibition.

Description of the Gentleman’s Dressing Case and Writing Case by Edwards, entered into the 1851 Great Exhibition.

'Edwards, Manufacturer to His Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London' Gold Tooled onto Leather.

‘Edwards, Manufacturer to His Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London’ Gold Tooled onto Leather.

'Edwards, Manufacturer to His Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London' Gold Tooled onto Leather.

‘Edwards, Manufacturer to His Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London’ Gold Tooled onto Leather.

Leather Letter Wallet with 'Edwards, Manufacturer to His Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London' Gold Tooled onto Leather.

Leather Letter Wallet with ‘Edwards, Manufacturer to His Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London’ Gold Tooled onto Leather.

A Writing Book from an Antique Jewellery Box which has been Gold Tooled and Embossed with 'Edwards, Manufacturer to Her Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London'.

A Writing Book from an Antique Jewellery Box which has been Gold Tooled and Embossed with ‘Edwards, Manufacturer to Her Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London’.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood by Edwards, 21 King Street, Bloomsbury, London.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood by Edwards, 21 King Street, Bloomsbury, London.

Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander, Attributed to Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander, Attributed to Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood by Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood by Edwards.

 'Edwards, Manufacturer to His Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London' Gold Tooled onto Leather.

‘Edwards, Manufacturer to His Majesty, 21 King St, Bloomsbury, London’ Gold Tooled onto Leather.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Duke Insignia by Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Duke Insignia by Edwards.

'Edwards, 21 King Strt, Holborn' Engraved into Solid Mahogany.

‘Edwards, 21 King Strt, Holborn’ Engraved into Solid Mahogany.

Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander Wood by Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander Wood by Edwards.