H is for Hatter

By HOOKE, Margaret, 1760 
£500
£400

Margaret Hooke & Son Hosier & Hatter… Make. And Sell all Sorts of Silk, Worsted, Thread, Cotton & Woollen Hose; Womens & Childrens Cotton and Thread Gloves, Muffette’s & Mittens, all Sorts of Caps; Pieces of Silk & Worsted for Waist Coats & breeches; Likewise variety of Hatts both for Men & Women as. Beavers, Furs &c. Also all sorts of Mens Gloves. Wholesale & Retail.

Ephemera
  • Author: HOOKE, Margaret
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: at the George next Door to ye Rose Tavern, without Temple Barr
  • Publication date: c1760
  • Physical description: Engraved trade card.
  • Dimensions: 95 by 140mm. (3.75 by 5.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17932

Notes

Trade card for Margaret Hooke & Son, who ran a shop in Temple Bar selling hosiery, hats and many other accessories, both wholesale and retail. Their card is illustrated with an engraved image of St George slaying the dragon, in reference to their address at the George next Door to ye Rose Tavern”.

The style of both the engraving and the writing, the types of apparel on offer, as well as the form of the address that uses a sign rather than a number indicates that the card is from the mid-eighteenth century. There are no existing documents recording the presence of a Hooke hosier in Temple Bar during this period, but it is likely that the business was originally established by Margaret’s husband and taken over by her and his son after his death. 

Bibliography

  1. BM Heal 72.196

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