I is for Ironmonger
By JOHNS, Edward, 1778
Edward Johns, Ironmonger & Bell-hanger to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales,… Furnishes Houses with the most Fashionable Articles in each of the above branches on the shortest notice and most reasonable Terms.
- Author: JOHNS, Edward
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: at his Stove Grate, Braziery & Tin Warehouse, No. 141 Bond Street, London, near Conduit Street
- Publication date: c1778
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 80 by 120mm. (3.25 by 4.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17860
Advertisements for his services as an ironmonger, brazier and hardwareman exist from 1778, demonstrating that he was active at his premises at 141 Bond Street during the final decades of the eighteenth century. Illustrating the present trade card, which contains details about his location, wares and services, are small engravings of his various goods, namely: “vase lamps”; “smith works in general”; “complete sets of kitchen furniture in iron, copper, or strong block tin”; “hardware, cutlery, Japans, &c”; “varity of plated goods”.
Along the upper edge of the card is the Great British coat of arms flanked by the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales, to whom Johns was an official bell-hanger, a job typically associated with metal workers.