H is for Haberdasher
By BLAKES, 1790
Blakes & Son Hosiers and Hatters
- Author: BLAKES
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: at the Golden Fleece, the Corner of Newport Street near Leicester Fields
- Publication date: c1790s
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 160 by 125mm (6.25 by 5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17956
Also illustrated on the trade card are two busts, a male and a female, wearing remarkable headdresses that appear more like exotic plants and flowers than the hats supplied by Blakes & Son “wholesale and retail at the lowest prices”. In 1793 and 1794, the ‘Directory of London and Westminster, & Borough of Southwark’ listed Blakes & Son as hosiers & haberdashers at 28 Broad Street, Carnaby Market. It is not clear whether the present trade card, on which their occupation is listed as “hatters” rather than haberdashers, is from an earlier or later period in their career.