London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1896 - 1968

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • The records of Searle and Company Limited, jewellers and silversmiths, comprising customer ledgers recording sales to private clients 1896-1968.
Extent: 25 production units.
Classification: BUSINESSES
Former Reference: MS 31811-
Site Location: Held offsite - access by appointment only
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Administrative History:
  • Searle and Company Limited, jewellers and silversmiths, were established in the City of London in 1893. They have specialised in antique and modern jewellery and silverware, handling corporate commissions, heraldic engraving, repairs and restorations, and making hand and machine-made wares. The company originally had premises at 80 Cornhill, moving to 78 Lombard Street in 1896, and 1 Royal Exchange in 1933 where they remain as of 2008.
Creator: Searle and Co Ltd | jewellers and silversmiths
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • The customer ledgers, Ms 31811 Vols.1-19 were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library by Searle & Co Ltd in November 1989 and catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in 2001. Ms 31811 Vols. 20-25 were deposited by the company and catalogued by Richard Wiltshire, Senior Archivist - Business archives in December 2008. No other records were deposited. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.
  • 1989/058
Access Restrictions: Access by appointment only. Please contact staff These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Arrangement: Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.
Related Material: Searle and Company Limited hold further records. They also hold the first customer ledger which precedes the deposited volumes held at LMA.
Publication Notes:

For a detailed history see 'Never more than 100 yards: the history of a City jewellers : Searle & Company, 1893-1993' by Reginald Bridges. Rochford :Rochford Press, [1993], held by the Printed Books Section of the Guildhall Library, Pam 21804.