Toulmin & Gale

The Toulmin & Gale company were originally established in 1735. By 1845, Joseph Toulmin and John Gale were in control of the company, based at 85-86 Cheapside, London.

They were awarded a prize medal for ‘excellence of material and workmanship’ for their dressing cases at the International Exhibition of 1862. A year later, the company had expanded and opened up a new manufactory at 18 Sise Lane, London and a further shop at 7 New Bond Street, London.

Toulmin & Gale were finally declared bankrupt in 1876. Interestingly, George William Betjemann was one of the trustees under their liquidation and this business continued as Betjemann & Gale Ltd.

By 1878, the name of Toulmin & Gale was trading again, with Joseph Toulmin at the helm. Based from 10 Cornhill, London, the business advertised itself as being ‘Late of Cheapside and New Bond Street’.

Early 1884 saw Joseph Toulmin deciding to discontinue the retail side of business, instead choosing to supervise the manufacture of products for James Hurry’s leather goods department based at 47 Cornhill, London.

Toulmin & Gale Engraved Brass Manufacturer's Plate from an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism.

Toulmin & Gale Engraved Brass Manufacturer’s Plate from an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism, by Toulmin & Gale.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism, by Toulmin & Gale.

Toulmin & Gale Advertising Card from 1862.

Toulmin & Gale Advertising Card from 1862.

Toulmin & Gale newspaper advert from c.1860.

Toulmin & Gale newspaper advert from c.1860.

Toulmin & Gale newspaper advert from 1863.

Toulmin & Gale newspaper advert from 1863.

Toulmin & Gale advertisement from 1879.

Toulmin & Gale advertisement taken from Hart’s ‘The New Annual Army List, Militia List and Indian Civil Service List, for 1879’.