C is for Clogg Maker

By BERRY, Tho[ma]s, 1799 
£1,600
£1,280

All sorts of fine leather clogs. Tho:s Berry… Selleth All sorts of Fine Leather fine Leather Patterns Corke Cloggs for Ladies all Sorts of Cloggs for Gentlemen and all other sorts of Cloggs and Patterns Likewise All sorts of Leather Cloggs for Children Sold by whole Sale or Retaile

Ephemera
  • Author: BERRY, Tho[ma]s
  • Publication place: [London]
  • Publisher: at the Pattern & Crowne under St. Dunstans Church in Fleet Street
  • Publication date: c1799
  • Physical description: Engraved trade card.
  • Dimensions: 170 by 115mm (6.75 by 4.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17942

Notes

Trade card for Thomas Berry, a shoemaker who was active on Fleet Street selling all sorts of fine leather clogs”. Given that he uses a sign, the pattern and crown”, rather than a number to locate his address suggests that the card was produced in the latter half of the eighteenth century. The London Gazette of 1808, however, listed a Thomas Berry of Fleet-street as a man’s mercer”, that is, a supplier of fine cloth and tailor’s goods, although it is not clear whether this is the same merchant as the clog dealer.

Illustrating the trade card are images of three fine leather clogs, the central with a greatly elaborate design on the sole and surmounted by a crown. This may signify that Berry supplied his leather goods to the royal family. The images and text are framed by a decorative border.

Bibliography

  1. BM Heal 18.7

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