A.Woodhouse and Son 1912 – 1980

In 1901 Albert Wallhauser was 27. In the UK census he has his job listed as silver and Goldsmith but then they are crossed out and shop assistant is written. In 1912 he took over the Silver Mouse trap with his son.

FACTS

  • Albert Woodhouse (wallhauser)
  • Father: Henry Woodhouse
  • Mother: Annie Elizebeth Woodhouse
  • Born/christened: Jan 1874
  • Lived/employment: Goldsmith
  • Married: Lily 1899
  • Children: Arnold, Margaret
  • Died: 1947, hamstead

FACTS

  • Arnold Woodhouse
  • Father: Albert Woodhouse
  • Mother: Lily Woodhouse
  • Born/christened: abt 1901
  • Lived/employment: Pilot 1st world war
  • Married: jul 1926 anne harris
  • Children: unknown
  • Died: sept 1985, croydon

In 1916 like many people with clearly German names they changed it to the anglicised Woodhouse and the shop co-branded to A. Woodhouse and son.

London Gazette ,1928

NOTICE is hereby given, that by a deed poll, dated the 5th day of January, 1928, and enrolled in the Central Office of the Supreme Court of Judicature on the 6th day of January, 1928, Albert Wallhauser and Arnold Wallhauser, both of 56, Carey-street, Lincoln’s Inn, in the county of Middlesex, trading as Albert Woodhouse, Silversmiths and Jewellers, abandoned the respective names of Albert Wallhauser and Arnold Wallhauser and adopted the respective names of ALBERT WOODHOUSE and ARNOLD WOODHOUSE.

Once again, the world of jewellery was changing to the one we know. No longer was the business in silver plate, gold and even weapons. Now De beers diamonds had flooded the UK. Tiffany was well known. As were names like Boucheron, Cartier, Rolex and Patek.

Where the Mouse trap had been one jeweller shop in London. Now there we are hundreds and hundreds. Also, by this time the upper class of London was beginning to weaken and the middle-class growing. No longer did people need an 18-person silver service for dinner parties. Great houses like downtown abbey were no more and the world was changing fast.

Jewellery of the period: Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco

The Art Nouveau style was in part a backlash against the dominance of diamonds being heavily used and an emerging interest is Japanese design, social thinking, and design. A piece was more value for the skill in making it rather than the price of its component parts. In Art Nouveau diamonds have a rare appearance and much more likely were fewer common materials such as Moonstone, coral, Ivory, horn, and enamel. Common motifs at the time were beetles, insects, dragon flies and often winged female forms.

Edwardian, this short period was again a throwback to formality and highlighted the rise of Platinum in jewellery making. Designs and cuts that we not possible now were and setting that allowed the stone to take centre stage came forward.

Art Deco, for many people deco is linked strongly to the roaring twenties, live jazz, flapper girls and fashion. Deco was an all-embracing style and informed architecture, print, and jewellery. In 1922 the tomb of the pharaoh, Tutankhamun, was discovered and sparked an “Egyptian revival” which can be found in the jewellery of the time, featuring scrabs, sphinx and more.

During this exciting time of rapidly changing tastes and designs. Many brands themselves we are expanding and funding their own expansion. Brands like Rolex, tiffany, Kutchinsky, became well known and were sold in their won store and the growing second-hand market.

It is clear to the student of history, the History of the Oldest jewellery shop in London is also the history of jewellery itself. Any jewellery dealer across the world knows the different eras of jewellery. The Georgian period is named after a series of English kings, not French kings, or American ones. Little did Haldanby know when he was first planning to open his store in the actual field of Lincolns Inn, he was creating a business that would change and grow with London and be an ever-constant part of it.

There is strong record that many people with the name Albert Woodhouse, served in WW1, but it’s unsure if it’s the Goldsmith and not his son.

Documents:

London census 1901

War records: Arnold wallhauser

London 1911 census

1931: Albert listed as director A.woodhouse.

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