S is for Saddler
By STEVENS, [Charles], 1820
Ladies Saddles on an Improved Plan. C. Stevens Saddler & Harness Maker;… Saddlery & Harness for Exportation.
- Author: STEVENS, [Charles]
- Publication place: Kent
- Publisher: Blackheath Hill
- Publication date: c1820s-1830s
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 75 by 50mm (3 by 2 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17930
It does not appear that Kemball ever took out a patent for his “improved plan”, however, nor is any innovation in design recorded to have come from him. In fact, The London Gazette of 1833 announced “a Meeting of the Creditors of Charles Kemball Steven (sued as Charles Stevens), late of Blackheath-Hill, in the County of Kent, Saddler and Harness-Maker, an Insolvent Debtor”. And yet in 1843 ‘The Post Office London Directory’ listed Stevens as a saddler operating from 2 Clifton street north, Finsbury.
An interesting work, claimed to have been written and published in New York, but which was likely written under a pseudonym, entitled ‘Kings, the Devil’s Viceroys and Representatives on Earth’ (1838) lists “Stevens Charles, Billericay, baker and saddler” in its long list of bankruptcies that occurred in 1810, illustrating the disastrous domestic economic impact of Britain’s recent wars abroad. Although it is not certain, this could be the same saddler who had relocated and reinvigorated his business after the bankruptcy of 1833.