These catalogues are part of an archive collection related to Robert Pringle & Sons jewellers - a business in Clerkenwell from 1835 to 1965. The company produced watches, clocks, fancy silver goods, glassware and many other items for domestic customers and export.
Clerkenwell was home to many small silversmiths' workshops but the Pringle shop and workrooms expanded to substantial premises on both Clerkenwell Road and Great Sutton Street.
The catalogues show detailed drawings of a vast range of products. Many are items no longer used today, such as hat pin stands, glove hooks and tobacco boxes. The company also produced commemorative goods - the 1901 catalogue, for example, includes souvenirs of the Boer War and the death of Queen Victoria.