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Re: Fairy Lamp - Blumberg Rd 44546 - 1886
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2015, 02:25:30 PM »
Well found Fred, that adds a good deal more to the story of what was probably a significant business of the time.  :)


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Re: Fairy Lamp - Blumberg Rd 44546 - 1886
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2015, 02:55:53 PM »
Interesting article.  I will have to see where Blumberg was in relation to Clarke's showrooms.  I found an interesting apology from Blumberg to Clarke for selling the Blumberg lamp as one of Clarke,s. Ill try to post it as it shows how paranoid Clarke's competitors were of infringing on this patents and trademarks.


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Re: Fairy Lamp - Blumberg Rd 44546 - 1886
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2015, 04:54:55 PM »
Thank you Fred.

Following is an interesting "apology" from a shop owner who sold a Blumberg lamp as a Clarke fairy lamp. 

http://www.fairy-lamp.com/Fairylamp/Apology_Blumberg_Lamp.pdf

In the apology, she makes reference to a Clarke registration number that I was not aware of.  It may be a mistake but I am trying to find out what it is.




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Re: Fairy Lamp - Blumberg Rd 44546 - 1886
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2015, 05:40:49 PM »
Jim, the number is a trademark ref not a design registration number - see here for details:
https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00000044537?legacySearch=False


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Re: Fairy Lamp - Blumberg Rd 44546 - 1886
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2015, 01:08:45 AM »
Now I have a wee bit more time I can explain that the item I found and could not post publicly for copyright reasons was an official notice of the company from the Pall Mall Gazette archives. The following facts have been extracted from the notice:

The company was formed as a partnership in 1828 as Berens, Blumberg & Co. It later became Blumberg and Company, still a partnership. Three addresses given were: 2 Cannon Street, St Paul's EC;  16 Old Change, EC;  64 Rue de Bondy, Paris.

The business was exclusively wholesale, with c. 10,000 customers worldwide, and described themselves as manufacturers and importers. It was said to be an extremely sound and profitable concern with the percentage of profits described as "unusually good."

The Pall Mall Gazette notice was dated 26 July 1883 and advertised both that the business would become a company (i.e. limited) and that a share issue would raise new capital for the business;  an action necessary after monies had been withdrawn from the business on the deaths of various partners and the retirements of others from the business.

Two Blumberg's were to have a place on the board of directors once the company was established: Charles Nathaniel Blumberg and Victor Ludwig Alexander Blumberg, both of whom were part of the pre-limited company business management. The other three directors were the following fellow businessmen:
Joseph C Wakefield, Esq., (Messrs Inglis and Wakefield), London, Manchester & Glasgow.  [Chairman]
Frederick T Issitt, Esq., (Messrs J & C Boyd and Co.), London EC.
Robert Spence Esq., (Messrs Baggallay's and Spence), London EC.

It's sad to note that just three years later, in 1886 the limited company was subject to a winding up petition instigated by a creditor, and that the company was finally struck off the Register in 1892 (both reference the London Gazette). Obviously something had gone badly wrong in those three years since becoming a limited company.





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Re: Fairy Lamp - Blumberg Rd 44546 - 1886
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2015, 01:42:45 AM »
Anne, you are too kind and so generous with your time and talents.  I am gratefully in your debt.

Thank you so much
Jim from snowy Colorado.



 

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