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SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1195133695000
Classification: Query
I own a piece of furniture, with an oval, 1-inch copper-made tag hammered inside a drawer, bearing the name of C. Meeking & Co, London. This item was purchased in Australia, and is probably 80 to 150 years old. The only mention I could find anywhere is by one of rootsweb subscribers (in AD 2000), and relates to an Alfred Brown & Sons Ltd (Charles Meeking & Co), wholesale and retail woollen drapers and tailors' trimmings warehousemen, 7-8 Holborn Circus and 111 & 112 Hatton Garden, circa AD 1891.
I rather believe that, in my specific case, it could be either a shipping company, or a furniture maker.
Would anyone have a clue ? Many thanks.

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1195193572000
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 1494533696000
Surnames: Meeks
Hi
PO London Directory 1882
Meeking Charles & Co
Family linendrapers & furnishing warehousemen; household drapery & linens, silks, dress materials & costumes, mantles & shawls, furs, hosiery & gloves, lace, ladies' underclothing, parasols, haberdashery, curtain damasks & cretonnes, carpets, cabinet furniture Holborn Circus EC

Meeking Charles & Co
Wholesale & retail woollen drapers & tailors' trimming warehousemen, 111 & 112 Hatton Garden EC & 8 Holborn Circus.

On the A2A I found mention of Charles Meeks having insurance from as early as 1827....
Charles Meeking 62 Holborn Hill linen draper, silk mercer, haberdasher & hosier
he progressed to carpets also by 1828.

Regards
Tania

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1195236910000
Classification: Query
Many thanks, that was very kind of you, Tania, and you seem rather more gifted than I at finding relevant answers ! I would guess from the description that this company, as far as its furniture business is concerned, was more of a retailer than a manufacturer: which probably leaves a shroud of mystery on the identity of the actual maker !

If I may, could you tell me which search engine you are using ?

Kind regards

Philippe

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1195602166000
Classification: Lookup
Surnames: Meeking

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1243954967000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1243968539000
Surnames: KELK, WEST
My great grandfather, William Coates Kelk, who came to Australia in 1866, wrote an 'autobiography' when he was in his 90s in which he stated:

"My father [of Burgh le Marsh, Lincolnshire] was .... sent to London to learn the trade of a Linen Draper. He was for some years employed by the firm of Charles Meeking of Holborn hill. In 1838, at Lincoln or Boston, he married my mother whose maiden name was Jane West. "

WCK conducted a linen and drapery business at Bathurst in NSW from 1868 to 1900 and died in 1930.

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1356758008000
Classification: Query
Liz,

Talk about a small world. I was researching Charles Meeking & Co and came across your post. My GG Grandmother Hannah Debatin also worked at Meekings (according to ad in Bathurst newspaper c1888 when she joined John Meagher & Co Bathurst to start their dressmaking department). She was married to Raymond Debatin, tailor, Howick Street (1887-1890), he took over Allans Tailors. Search Trove using "Debatin Bathurst" to see relevant articles.

Paul Kelly ex LIC

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1391004581000
Classification: Query
I am reading a book "Reminiscences of 75 years of my life" written in 1923 (and published in St Louis) by my great grandfather's brother - Alexander Penny. Born in 1845 he trained in a draper's store in Peterhead, Scotland in 1859. In 1866 he moved to London and went to C Meeking's at the corner of Hatton Garden and Holborn Hill - he was hired "on the spot" and stayed there for 4 years. He lived above the shop and in his books gives vivid descriptions of the store and the Hyde Park Riots of 1866. His salary was £30 pounds in his first year with bed and board.

Norman Penny

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1494516821000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Murrant, Meeking
One of my distant ancestors, Francis Murrant, from Gosport, moved to London and in 1881 lived in a large lodging house, called Meeking House at 7, Holborn Circus, with about 225 other draper's assistants, a nightwatchmen and about 20 draper's porters. The enumeration takes over 10 pages with 25 people to a page. At that time Meekings occupied the whole block between Holborn Circus to Fetter Lane (now a modern office block). Google Books has a couple of their detailed catalogues online, with copious illustrations and prices, which to me suggests that they did a lot of business mail order, presumably to the colonies.

Francis Murrant then returned to Portsmouth, and later, by 1901, had moved to Huddersfield,where his two sons, Harold and Herbert became dentists.

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1494521386000
Classification: Query
Dear Madame,
Many thanks for your kind message. It unfortunately does not help me much, as I cannot establish the link between my piece of furniture, and a draper… My initial thought was that this C. Meeking & Co. might have been a furniture maker, but since I have not been able to find any clue in relation to this, I must conclude that perhaps, indeed, this copper tag was either hammered inside the cabinet drawer by some antique dealer, to make it look more genuine, or that it belonged indeed to C. Meeker – but then, why and how did it end up in Australia, where I bought it 35 years ago…. Further, the cabinet is decorated with Flemish-type, late Middle-Ages scenes, which adds to the mystery !
Cordially,
Philippe Bonin

Re: SEARCH FOR C. MEEKING & CO., LONDON

Posted: 1494533116000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Meeking
If you go to https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Charles_Meeking_Co_s_...

you can view their furniture catalogue, where you might well find a similar piece, although the Flemish (or Renaissance) Revival style is sometimes rather later than the catalogue perhaps. (Look at Renaissance Revival in Wikipedia). I should imagine that they bought readymade furniture for resale as the company started off as a children's outfitters and drapers. The furniture would be a later line as the business expanded.
The catalogue states that all items could be sent free to any UK railway station, and quite possibly arrived in Australia as part of someone's possessions when emigrated as freight.
Check whether the drawers insides are made of solid wood or plywood; if the latter they will not be old. Also, if the joints are machine cut they will be more recent.
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