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This London firm was founded in 1849 by Charles Frederick Hancock (b. 1807 in Birmingham). C.F. Hancock, a previous partner in the firm of Hunt & Roskell, opened his own shop at 39 Bruton Street obtaining soon after a Royal Warrant of Appointment from Queen Victoria (advertising as 'successors of Storr & Mortimer').
The firm had a manufactory workshop (closed in 1897) adjoining his premises in Little Bruton Street and retailed jewellery and silver manufactured by silversmiths as Robert Hennel & Sons, Hayne & Cater, C.T & G. Fox and others.
After the partial retirement of C.F Hancock (1866), the firm continued its activity as Hancock, Son & Co. The partners were Mortimer Hancock (son of C.F. Hancock), Horatio Stewart and Henry John Dore. After the definitive retirement of C.F. Hancock (1870) the firm's name changed to Hancocks & Co and Charles Frederick Hancock junior (son of C.F. Hancock) entered in the partnership (1870-1876).
Mortimer Hancock retired in 1883 and Horatio Stewart in 1885. Henry John Dore continued as sole partner until his death in 1895 when he was replaced by his widow Louisa Mary Dore (1895-1904) and his sons Henry Hancock Dore (1898-1914) and Alfred George Dore (1899-1914).
The firm moved in 1917 to 25 Sackville Street converting in 1936 to a limited liability company under the style Hancocks & Co (Jewellers) Ltd.
The firm, bought in 1992 by Stephen and Janie Burton, is still active in present days in Burlington Arcade as dealers in rare and collectible jewels.


STERLING SILVER HALLMARKS
Charles Frederick Hancock,  mark entered 11 April 1850
Charles Frederick Hancock,  mark entered 11 April 1850
Charles Frederick Hancock, mark entered 11 April 1850
Charles Frederick Hancock,  mark entered 22 January 1870 Charles Frederick Hancock, mark entered 22 January 1870


Charles Frederick Hancock,  mark entered 22 January 1870 accompanied by Hancocks & Co stamp
Charles Frederick Hancock,  mark entered 22 January 1870 accompanied by Hancocks & Co stamp
Charles Frederick Hancock, mark entered 22 January 1870
accompanied by Hancocks & Co stamp


Hancocks & Co,  marks entered 1898, 1899, 1914 Hancocks & Co, marks entered 1898, 1899, 1914

C.F. HANCOCK AT THE 1851 GREAT EXHIBITION

C.F. Hancock participated to various International Exhibitions: London 1851, Paris 1855, London 1852, Paris 1867, London 1871, London 1872, Vienna 1873, London 1885.
This is the description from the "Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue" of some of the items presented by C.F. Hancock at the 1851 London Great Exhibition.

Ebony inlaid silver table, of 45 inches diameter, on which is a silver vase; in pure Etruscan, after designs in the British Museum.
A group in massive silver: subject "The entry of Queen Elizabeth on horseback into Kenilworth Castle," attended by Robert, Earl of Leicester, and a page - two greyhounds in the foreground. Modelled by Baron Marochetti; the dogs by M'Carthy. It is mounted on a pedestal of the period, in fine old oak, with twelve marbles columns, on the base of which is inlaid the favourite cipher of Queen Elizabeth, EAE; on each side are gilt pannels on which is engraved the arms of the Queen; and above inlaid is the motto "Semper eadem" usually used by Her Majesty. At each end are likewise gilt pannels engraved with the sword of the state, the three crowns of England, Ireland and France, and the well known motto "Justitia." Executed at the manufactory of the exhibitor.


Other item exhibited by C.F. Hancock were "group in Silver, mounted on pedestal, called 'The Goodwood Cup", ... "Large cigar box" ... "Silver vase with open vine work" ... "Small silver candelabrum" ... "Bottle-carriage on three wheels" ... "Dressing case" ... "Tea service" ... "Dessert-plate" ... "Gilt carriage clock" ... "Three-bottle liquor frame" ... and others


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