M is for Mercer
By MASON [Miles]; LUCAS [Benjamin]; and HIGGONS, 1756
Mason, Lucas & Higgons Mercers
- Author: MASON [Miles]; LUCAS [Benjamin]; and HIGGONS
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: at the Lamb in Shandois Street
- Publication date: c1756-1771
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 195 by 160mm. (7.75 by 6.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17972
There exist a number of trade cards related to this establishment, the earliest being those of “Lucas & Co” and “Mason, Lucas & Higgons”, both from 1756. Other examples of the latter exists from 1759, 1762 and 1765. Another trade card from 1772 advertises the services of “Lucas, Higgons, Mason & Guest” at “Shandois Street”, and there is also a receipt from the same year listing just “Mason, Lucas & Guest”, by which time they appear to have adopted the more conventional spelling of “Chandos Street” for their address. These trade cards can all be dated by the manuscript notes found on either the recto or verso, recording various sales.
The present card lists the huge number of fabrics and haberdashery items available from the mercers, including “Genoa & Dutch Velvets, Brocades, Damasks, Paduasoys, Rasdemores, Sattins, Tabbys, Arinozeens, Ducapes, Sergedusoys, Mantuas, Strip’d and Plain Lustrings”. A final note also recommends them “for Mourning of particular good Mixtures, Black & White Bombazeens, also Rich figur’d & other Sillks for Gentlemens wear”. This text is framed by an elaborate border and surmounted by an illustration of a lamb in reference to their street sign.
- BM Heal 84.166