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Book mark "I am the Light of the World" made by Caldicott



Thomas Stevens was the main manufacturer of short silk ribbons made into the form of bookmarks. He registered his first nine designs at the Patent Office on 30 May 1862, although he was by no means the first producer of these bookmarks.

The first manufacturer to register his design was John Caldicott of 22 Earl Street Coventry, who on 18 February 1862 registered his religious bookmark 'I am the light of the world', an image of which graces this page.

List of Other Silk Weavers  
R. Barton.

(updated 8 March 2016)
Barton produced silks with only his name on them, and also worked with several other weavers, as a designer; the silks of which have dual credit. This section pulls together all silks with Barton's name on them.
E. Bollans & Co.
14 Ranelagh Terrace, Leamington

(updated 18 July 2018)
Bollans were possibly Wholesalers as well as manufacturers, as some silks are identical to other manufacturers, particularly Welch & Lenton, and the address given on some of Bollans Register entries is that of Welch & Lenton. Bollans is also recorded in directories of the time as a supplier of stationery.
Bradbury, Greatorex Beall

These were not manufacturers, but importers, as the actual silks have the signature Ch. Rebourg, St. Etienne
Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA)
Macclesfield - POST Victorian era

(Catalogue fully completed with images, 1 May 2018)
Previously known as Brocklehurst Fabrics Ltd, all the silks were made between 1946 and 1992. 
Brough, Nicholson & Hall.
Leek - POST Victorian era

(updated 1 May 2018)
When they closed in Coventry, Thomas Stevens & Co. amalgamated with Brough, Nicholson & Hall.
John Caldicott.
22 Earl Street, Coventry

(updated 8 March 2016)
Probably the first true manufacturer of silk bookmarks.
J & J Cash

J & J Cash still produce woven 'silk' products today, as J & J Cash Ltd.
The registration of their Hereford Street address in 1846 is the earliest record of Cash, although it is believed they were in existence before this date.
It is not known when they made their first picture or bookmark, although I have seen a silk ribbon titled " H.R.H. Prince Consort ", of circa 1862, with the woven J & J Cash name.
No attempt is made here to list any of Cash's products, other than to note that many current production items are most elegant in their own right.
R. S. Cox & Co.

(updated 3 April 2014)
Dalton & Barton.

(updated 1 May 2018)
Becoming Dalton & Barton Ltd. in 1872.
Darlinson & Barton.

(updated 3 April 2014)
Nothing is known of this weaver, except that they were probably not weavers at all. The only known silk is identical to one attributed to Pratt & Barton. It is hence probably that this silk was made available to several outlets.
W. H. Grant,

see separate section
G. Holme.

(updated 4 February 2016)
Alice and Samuel Kilmer.
nr. Manchester

Lester & Harris.

(updated 12 February 2016)
Lester and Harris was recorded at Foleshill in 1880, at Nuneaton in 1938 and Australia in 1950. The Foleshill and Australian factories were sold in 1959-1960, and J. & J. Cash took over the remaining company in the 1960's.
J. Matthews.

Nothing is known of this company, and it is possible they were not manufacturers.
Mellor Bros.

(updated 3 April 2014)
Godden suggests the bookmarks attributed to Mellor were probably made by other weavers. From a close inspection of the layout and weave texture of the bookmark recorded on this site, it seems more likely that Mellor did in fact weave their own silks.  
Morgan & Scott Ltd.
12 Paternoster Buildings, London, EC4

Mulloney & Johnson.
3 Ironmonger Row, Coventry

(updated 1 May 2018)
It would seem that Mulloney & Johnson did not weave their name on any of their bookmarks, so identification is extremely difficult. 
Charles Newsome.

(updated 16 July 2018)
W. Perkins.

(updated 3 April 2014)
Nothing is known of this weaver, other than they collaborated with Owen Bros., who were the designers on most Caldicott bookmarks, so Perkins must themselves have been Victorian silk weavers.
S. G. Poole.

(updated 3 October 2015)
Very little is know about Poole. It is known that his name appears on the reverse of one bookmark, as both Weaver and Designer. He also appears on several other manufacturers' silks as the Designer.
The most interesting thing is that he designed the Royal Address, sent from the Coventry City Council to His Majesty King Edward VII in 1902; the silk itself having been woven by students of the Textile School, at the Technical Institute, Coventry.
J. Pratt & Sons.

(created 3 April 2014)
Nothing is known of this weaver, except that they were probably not weavers at all. The only known silk is identical to one attributed to Darlinson & Barton. It is hence probably that this silk was made available to several outlets.
John Rogers.

(updated 3 April 2014)
Nothing is known of this manufacturer, other than two John Rogers, father and son, are recorded in the Coventry directories and census between 1851 and 1886, possibly at 46 East Street, Coventry.
Thomas Skillcock.
17 Queen Steet, Coventry

Henry Slingsby.
Coventry and Nuneaton

(updated 14 July 2018)
Named changed to H. Slingsby & Son in 1870.
Slingsby & Son was one of the last silk manufacturers in Nuneaton producing regalia, banners, silk military articles. It was taken over by Franklins of Coventry about 1948.
H. Spencer & Co.

(created 14 July 2018)
Nothing is known of this weaver, other than as the only silk relates to Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee, of 1897, this dates Spencer & Co to the same period. 
Thomas Stevens,

See separate section
Welch & Lenton.
1 Bailey Lane, Coventry

(updated 18 July 2018)
Note some early Stevens bookmarks bear the woven credit 'T. Stevens, Manuftr. Coventry. Welch & Lenton, Drafts'
Also note that many bookmarks with W&L credit are identical to E. Bollans, and have been cross referenced accordingly. As noted above, Bollans were probably wholesalers, with Welch & Lenton doing the designs and weaving.
Webster & Butterworth

(updated 12 February 2016)
Nothing is known of this weaver, other than as woven on the reverse of the only known silk. They were weavers based in Foleshill, and the designers were S. G. Poole, Coventry.
James Wilde & Son.

(updated 27 January 2015)
This weaver is attributed with producing the earliest known Macclesfield woven silk picture, for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
E. Wilson.

(updated 3 April 2014)

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