Book mark "I am the Light of the World" made by Caldicott

 

OTHER SILK
MANUFACTURERS

| R. Barton | Bollans | Bradbury, Greatorex Beall | Brocklehurst | Brough, Nicholson & Hall | Caldicott |
| Cox | Dalton & Barton | Darlinson & Barton | Holme | Kilmer | Lister, Harris | Matthews | Mellor |
| Morgan & Scott | Mulloney & Johnson | Newsome | Perkins | Pratt | Rogers | Skillcock |
| Slingsby | Spencer | Welch & Lenton | Webster & Butterworth | Wilde | Wilson | Back to Main page |
   
Thomas Stevens was the main manufacturer of short silk ribbons made into the form of bookmarks. He registered his first nine designs at the Patent Office on 30 May 1862, although he was by no means the first producer of these bookmarks.
The first manufacturer to register his design was John Caldicott of 22 Earl Street Coventry, who on 18 February 1862 registered his religious bookmark 'I am the light of the world', an image of which graces this page.
 
List of Other Silk Weavers  
   
R. Barton
 

(updated 5 June 2010)
Barton produced silks with only his name on them, and also worked with several other weavers, as a designer; the silks of which have dual credit. This section pulls together all silks with Barton's name on them.
   
E. Bollans & Co.
14 Ranelagh Terrace, Leamington

(updated 6 February 2013)
Bollans were possibly Wholesalers as well as manufacturers, as some silks are identical to other manufacturers, particularly Welch & Lenton, and the address given on some of Bollans Register entries is that of Welch & Lenton
   
Bradbury, Greatorex Beall & Co.
London

 
These were not manufacturers, but importers, as the actual silks have the signature Ch. Rebourg, St. Etienne
   
Brocklehurst Fabrics Ltd.
Macclesfield - POST Victorian era

(Completed 20 September 2008)
 
   
Brough, Nicholson & Hall
Leek - POST Victorian era

(updated 4 July 2010)
When they closed in Coventry, Thomas Stevens & Co. amalgamated with Brough, Nicholson & Hall
   
John Caldicott
22 Earl Street, Coventry

(updated 11 August 2008)
probably the first true manufacturer of silk bookmarks
   
J & J Cash
Coventry

 
J & J Cash still produce woven 'silk' products today, as J & J Cash Ltd.
The registration of their Hereford Street address in 1846 is the earliest record of Cash, although it is believed they were in existence before this date.
It is not known when they made their first picture or bookmark, although I have seen a silk ribbon titled " H.R.H. Prince Consort ", of circa 1862, with the woven J & J Cash name.
No attempt is made here to list any of Cash's products, other than to note that many current production items are most elegant in their own right.
   
R. S. Cox & Co.
Coventry

(updated 25 May 2008)
 
   
Dalton & Barton
 

(updated 25 April 2009)
becoming Dalton & Barton Ltd. in 1872
   
Darlinson & Barton
 

(updated 5 June 2010)
Nothing is known of this weaver, except that they were probably not weavers at all. The only know silk is identical to one attributed to Pratt & Barton. It is hence probably that this silk was made available to several outlets.
   
W. H. Grant,
Coventry

 
see separate section
   
G. Holme
Derby

 
 
   
Alice and Samuel Kilmer
nr. Manchester

 
 
   
Lister, Harris & Co.
Great Heath Works, Foleshill, Coventry

(updated 18 December 2005)
Nothing is known of this company, and it is probable they were not manufacturers.
   
J. Matthews
London

 
Nothing is known of this company, and it is possible they were not manufacturers.
   
Mellor Bros.
Macclesfield

(updated 24 October 2010)
 
   
Morgan & Scott Ltd.
12 Paternoster Buildings, London, EC4

 
 
   
Mulloney & Johnson
3 Ironmonger Row, Coventry

(updated 15 August 2009)
 
   
Charles Newsome
Coventry

(updated 13 December 2005)
 
   
W. Perkins
 

(updated 28 November 2010)
Nothing is known of this weaver, other than they collaborated with Owen Bros., who were the designers on most Caldicott bookmarks, so Perkins must themselves have been Victorian silk weavers.
   
J. Pratt & Sons
 

(created 23 October 2011)
Nothing is known of this weaver, except that they were probably not weavers at all. The only know silk is identical to one attributed to Darlinson & Barton. It is hence probably that this silk was made available to several outlets.
   
John Rogers
Coventry

(updated 9 February 2008)
Nothing is known of this manufacturer, other than two John Rogers, father and son, are recorded in the Coventry directories and census between 1851 and 1886, possibly at 46 East Street, Coventry.
   
Thomas Skillcock
17 Queen Steet, Coventry

 
 
   
Henry Slingsby
Coventry and Nuneaton

(updated 24 October 2010)
named changed to H. Slingsby & Son in 1870
   
H. Spencer & Co.
Coventry

(created 4 March 2012)
Nothing is known of this weaver, other than as the only silk relates to Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee, of 1897, this dates Spencer & Co to the same period. 
   
Thomas Stevens,
Coventry

 
See separate section
   
Welch & Lenton
1 Bailey Lane, Coventry

(updated 6 February 2013)
Note some early Stevens bookmarks bear the woven credit 'T. Stevens, Manuftr. Coventry. Welch & Lenton, Drafts'
Also note a number of bookmarks are identical to E. Bollans, and have been cross referenced accordingly
   
Webster & Butterworth
Foleshill

(created 5 June 2011)
Nothing is known of this weaver, other than as woven on the reverse of the only known silk. They were weavers based in Foleshill, and the designers were S. G. Poole, Coventry.
   
James Wilde & Son
Macclesfield

(created 16 February 2014)  
This weaver is attributed with producing the earliest known Macclesfield woven silk picture, for the Great Exhibition of 1851 
   
E. Wilson
Macclesfield

(updated 16 December 2001)
 
   
Geoffrey Godden's book contains an extensive list of Other Manufacturers and Producers, and his book is used as the primary source for this catalogue.
John High has greatly extended Godden's list as it relates to bookmarks of Bollans and Welch & Lenton.
Lewis Cowen, in early 2001, published a booklet dedicated to the history and life of Brocklehurst Fabrics and this work contains colour photographs and narrative for all of the Brocklehurst silk pictures. This book is now no longer in print.


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