C is for Cutler
By BRIAN, J, 1842
Improved French Cooks Knives & Warranted Razors. J. Brian, Wholesale Cutler. Manufacturer of Table Knives, Forks, &c. Dealer in Ivory, Stag & Buck Horn… Cutlery ground and repaired daily.
- Author: BRIAN, J
- Publication place: [London]
- Publisher: 8 Great St. Andrew Street, Seven Dials
- Publication date: c1842-1874
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 90 by 60mm. (3.5 by 2.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17899
Interestingly, Brian is not found in the records as the sole trader in cutlery at the advertised premises. The 1842 ‘Robson’s London Directory’ lists “Brian & White, 8 Gt St Andrew St, Seven dials”, as does the 1874 ‘Post Office Directory for London’. It is not clear whether the present trade card was made before or after Brian’s partnership with White, or perhaps even during, but it suggests that he was certainly active in Seven Dials during the mid-nineteenth century.