Makers & Designers

Strauss & Co’s decorative arts department has handled a worldly list of makers and designers specialising in furniture making, jewellery, silver, glass, porcelain and other artisanal trades.

Strauss & Co’s decorative arts department has handled a worldly list of makers and designers specialising in furniture making, jewellery, silver, glass, porcelain and other artisanal trades. This searchable database lists prominent makers and designers sold by Strauss & Co, including René Lalique, Gio Ponti, Patrick Mavros, as well as coveted houses like The Barnards and Tiffany & Co.



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Thomas Bradbury & Sons

London & Sheffield, England 


The business traces its origin to Fenton, Creswick & Co, a partnership involving Matthew Fenton (an apprentice of Thomas Law), Richard Creswick and William Watson. They were active as silversmiths and Sheffield platers and were among the first to enter their mark at the Sheffield Assay Office in 1773.
In 1789 Fenton left the firm and was replaced by Edward Oakes. The firm changed its style to Fenton, Creswick, Oakes & Co. In 1795 the partnership was dissolved and the business was continued under the style of Watson & Co under the partnership of Thomas Watson, James Fenton and Thomas Bradbury I (a former apprentice of the firm).
Later, Thomas Bradbury II (son of Thomas Bradbury I) and William Watson (nephew of Thomas Watson) were admitted to the partnership.
In 1831 William Watson retired and the business was continued by Bradburys (Thomas I and II) under the style of Thomas Bradbury & Son.
The firm was active at Arundel Street, Sheffield with London showroom at 12 Gough Square, Fleet Street.
In 1855 the firm changed its name to Thomas Bradbury & Sons, under the partnership of Joseph and Edward Bradbury (sons of Thomas Bradbury II).
In 1877 the partners were Thomas Bradbury III (brother of Joseph Bradbury) and John Sutherland Henderson.
The partnership was dissolved in 1888 and the firm was managed by Walton Turner Bradbury, Joseph Bradbury Jr and Frederick Bradbury (sons of Joseph Bradbury Sr). Frederick Bradbury is the author of the fundamental book "A History of Old Sheffield Plate".
The business was converted into a limited liability company in 1905, under the style Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd.
The company closed its activity in 1943 and dies and tooling were bought by Atkin Brothers.

CHRONOLOGY:
Fenton, Creswick & Co c. 1789
Fenton, Creswick, Oakes & Co c. 1789 - 1795
Watson & Co 1795-1831
Thomas Bradbury & Son 1831 - c. 1855
Thomas Bradbury & Sons 1855 - c. 1905
Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd 1905 - 1943


14 lots offered      71.43% sold      ZAR 128 579
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
A pair of Victorian silver and glass comports, Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd, Sheffield, 1861-1864
11 Apr 2021
Unsold
An Edward VII silver inkstand, Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd, London, 1908
11 Apr 2021
Sold for ZAR 7 035
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Six George VI silver 'Shell Dog Nose' pattern cake forks, Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd, Sheffield, 1944
22 Feb 2021
Sold for ZAR 1 642
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
A George VI silver salver, Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd, Sheffield, 1948
8 Apr 2019
Sold for ZAR 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
A pair of Victorian silver and glass comports, Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd, Sheffield, 1861-1864
5 Mar 2018
Unsold
An Edward VII silver milk jug, Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd, Sheffield, 1908
18 Sep 2017
Unsold
A pair of Victorian silver candlesticks, Thomas Bradbury & Son, Sheffield, 1839
6 Mar 2017
Sold for ZAR 31 831
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
An Edward VII silver soup tureen and cover, Thomas Bradbury & Sons, London, 1905
10 Oct 2016
Sold for ZAR 22 736
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
A Victorian silver four-piece tea and coffee set, Thomas Bradbury & Sons, London, 1873, Rd 22 November 1855
12 Oct 2015
Sold for ZAR 31 831
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
A cased set of twelve Victorian silver teaspoons, Thomas Bradbury & Sons, London, 1897, Britannia standard, retailed by Charles Harris
11 May 2015
Sold for ZAR 2 342
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
A pair of Sheffield plate candlesticks, Thomas Bradbury & Sons, late 19th/early 20th century
16 Mar 2015
Sold for ZAR 4 450
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
A Victorian silver-plated centrepiece, Thomas Bradbury & Sons, Sheffield
23 Apr 2014
Unsold