Pringle and Sons jewellery catalogues

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Pringle and Sons jewellery catalogues

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.

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  • 1. At 16:08 on 8 February 2011, clive wrote:

    Hi i have just recently purchased from an auction some antique weighing scales fixed on a wooden box with a draw.On top of the box is a brass pluck with lettering Robert pringle & sons London LTD. 36 to 42 clerkenwell road. London E.C.I.inside the draw are many different weights plus some watch bits a rubber & some old packets of red brown powder hand writen on them the word snuff.I fell in love with the scales & just had to buy them it would be nice to know & i would be most grateful if i could have some of the family history that might be atched to them. And also their true value. Kind regards clive

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  • 2. At 13:58 on 5 May 2011, June wrote:

    My mother worked for Robert Pringle in the early forties. She took me to visit the place and to meet some of the people she worked with.

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  • 3. At 01:29 on 15 August 2011, fix0flex0 wrote:

    I worked for many years for Stanton Instruments Ltd. Precision balance manufacturers located in Upper Norwood SE19 & later at Coppermill Lane SW19 & they had an account with Pringles of Clerkenwell. On my 21st birthday in 1954, my parents bought me an EternaMatic self winding wristwatch from this store which I still wear to this day. Its wholesale price was 26 guineas. I visited Pringles on a number of occassions & two I remember vividly as the first in 1959 was to buy my wife an 18 carat EternaMatic watch for her 21st birthday & later to buy a gold Omega watch for my father. All these of course at wholesale prices. I'm wondering if the scales Clive has are made by Stanton Instruments ?

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  • 4. At 18:45 on 27 August 2011, Steve wrote:

    I believe that this WWII Air Ministry pocket watch was supplied by this company.

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  • 5. At 06:51 on 26 October 2011, nigelpringle wrote:

    Hello, my name is Nigel Pringle, my father was the last Robert Pringle of Robert Pringle & Sons of Clerkenwell, my mother is still alive and holds most of the information regarding 'Pringles', we have spent many years tracing our family history and have a direct family tree of Robert Pringle back to 1580, if you are interested I can send you a pdf copy, my email is [Personal details removed by Moderator]

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  • 6. At 20:39 on 23 November 2011, Nic Pifer wrote:

    Hi Nigel -- My grandfather was Edwin Andrew Pringle, a partner of Robert Pringle and Sons until his death in 1942. I have been trying to do some research on the Pringle family history and would be very interested in getting a copy of the family tree you mention. Sounds like it would save me a lot of work!!

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  • 7. At 16:12 on 24 November 2011, Nic Pifer wrote:

    A question for the moderator: would it be possible for you to send my email address to the person who posted on 26 October 2011 (nigelpringle) in reference to the family tree he mentions in his post? Thanks in advance.

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