Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (Biographical details)

Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (shop/business; goldsmith/metalworker; British; 1788 - 1845)

Also known as

Rundell, Bridge & Rundell; Rundell, Philip; Bridge, John; Rundell & Bridge; Rundell, Bridge & Co

Address

The Golden Salmon, 32 Ludgate Hill, London Dean Street, Soho, London (Storr & Co).

Biography

Philip Rundell (1746-1827) and John Bridge (1755-1834) were partners in a firm which concerned itself in most aspects of the trade in precious and semi-precious materials, dealing in silver and silver-gilt, diamond and pearls and all manner of jewellery, gold boxes, watches and objects of vertue. Rundell's nephew Edmund Waller Rundell joined them in 1805 when they became known as Rundell, Bridge & Rundell. In 1834 the name changed to Rundell, Bridge & Co. Paul Storr worked with them from 1807 until he left to form his own business in 1819. The firm closed in 1843 although the partnership was not dissolved until 1845. See also entries for John Bridge, as an individual, and for Pickett & Rundell (1777-1785), with transcription of Ambrose Heal's notes on the firm's trade-cards . Two bill-heads and one trade card in Heal Collection. Heal,67.348 is a bill-head stating "Bought of Rundell, Bridge & Co., Jewellers and Goldsmiths, To their Majesties, No.32, Ludgate Hill, London." The bill is dated "10 June 1802." Heal,67.349 is trade card advertising "Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, Goldsmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers &c. To their Majesties, London. N.B. Diamonds, Snuff Boxes and Watches, Daggers, Pistols, &c. in the Turkish Taste." Heal,67.350 is a bill-head stating "Bought of Rundell & Bridge, Jewellers, The Golden Salmon, No.32 Ludgate Hill, (Late Pickett & Rundell). Diamonds, Pearls, Watches, Plate, New & Second Hand, Swords, Canes, Seals, Knives, Forks, Cases, Plated Goods &c..." The bill is dated "Ludgate Hill, 11 Feb.1793." Heal's annotations on the mounts: "Rundell & Bridge succeeded Pickett & Rundell at 32 Ludgate Hill at the sign of the Golden Salmon. Compare billhead of Pickett & Rundell in A.H. collection dated 1785. Compare billhead of Rundell & Bridge, in A.H. collection dated 1791. Compare billhead of Theed & Pickett in A.H. collection dated 1759. Compare billhead of Theed & Pickett, successor to H. Hunt in A.H. collection dated 1750. Directories 1777-1784 give Pickett & Rundell at 32 Ludgate Hill. Directories 1790-1802 give Rundell & Bridge at 32 Ludgate Hill. Directories 1805-1839 give Rundell Bridge & Rundell at 32 Ludgate Hill. Hilton Price gives at this address: - 1745 Henry Hunt. 1753 Henry Hunt, goldsmith & jeweller. 1759 Theed & Pickett, goldsmiths & jewellers. 1770-75 William Pickett, goldsmith & jeweller. 1780-1840 Rundell & Bridge, goldsmiths & jewellers. The business was bought by F. Lambert c.1810 & transferred to Coventry St." Four identical trade cards in Banks Collection (D,2.1729-1732) advertise "Rundell, Bridge, & Rundell, Jewellers & Goldsmiths To Their Majesties Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, Duke of York & Royal Family. Ludgate Hill, London." Further trade cards in Banks Collection. D,2.1757 advertises "Rundell and Bridge Jewellers & Goldsmiths To their Majesties. No.32, Ludgate Hill, London." D,2.1758 advertises "Rundell, Bridge & Co. Jewellers & Goldsmiths To their Majesties. No.32, Ludgate Hill, London. Buy Jewels & Plate to any Amount & the utmost Value paid for the same." D,2.1764 advertises "Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, Goldsmiths & Jewellers To Their Majesties Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, Duke of York & Royal Family..." D,2.1770 advertises "Rundell, Bridge, & Rundell, Goldsmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers, &c. To their Majesties Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, Duke of York & Royal Family. Ludgate Hill, London." D,2.1809 advertises "Rundell and Bridge, Goldsmiths & Jewellers... Buy Jewels & Plate to any Amount & the utmost Value paid for the same." D,2.1818 advertises "Rundell, Bridge, & Rundell, Jewellers & Goldsmiths To Their Majesties Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, Duke of York & Royal Family. No.32, Ludgate Hill, London." D,2.1822 advertises " "Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, Goldsmiths & Jewellers To Their Majesties, His Royal Highness The Prince Regent, Their Royal Highnesses The Princess of Wales, The Princess Charlotte, Duke of York & all The Royal Family, 32, Ludgate Hill, London."

Bibliography

John Culme, 'The Directory of Gold & Silversmiths 1838-1914', Woodbridge 1987
Shirley Bury, 'The lengthening shadow of Rundell's', The Connoisseur 1966
L Forrer, 'Biographical dictionary of medallists', vol.5. London, 1912.