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H. Samuel

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October 1908.
December 1938.

of Hunters Road Works, Hockley, Birmingham, 19. Telephone: Northern 4571. Cables: "Adminster, Birmingham"

H. Samuel is a mass-market jewellery chain, operating in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It is the number one middle mass-market jewellery store in the United Kingdom.

  • In 1862, Harriet Samuel took over her father-in-law's clock-making business in Liverpool.
  • Harriet moved the business to Manchester's Market Street and ran the mail order side. Her son developed the retail area.
  • 1884 Trademarks for "Acme" and "Climax" had been registered for H. Samuel watches.
  • 1890 The first H. Samuel retail store opened in Preston, closely followed by branches in Rochdale and throughout Lancashire.
  • 1912 To accommodate the growing business, the company moved to large headquarters in Birmingham, and Harriet's grandsons took over the business.
  • WWII (?). After the war, Harriet's grandsons, Gilbert and Robert, took over as Chairman and Vice Chairman.
  • 1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Artistic Jewellery, Cutlery, and Electro-Plate, Comprising Diamond Rings, Gold Signet Rings, Gold Mounted Cameo Brooches, Gold Spray Lapel Brooches, Gold Spray Ear Clips, Gold Flexible Bracelets, Electro Plated Ware. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. E.1714) [1]
  • In 1948, the company was successfully floated on the Stock Exchange.
  • Gilbert was awarded a CBE for political and public services, became a Queen's Sheriff for the City of London, and was elected Master of the Clockmakers Company. Meanwhile, the number of H. Samuel stores rose to over 200 nationwide.
  • 1970s After the brothers' deaths in the late 1970s, Robert's son took over as Chairman.
  • 1984 He led an acquisition of the James Walker Group, which doubled the company's presence in the UK. [2]
  • 1986 The company was taken over by Ratner's Jewellers.
  • 1993 Ratner's was renamed the Signet Group.
  • 2008 The name, Ratner, once an important brand has now disappeared.
  • Note: (11/08)
    • The company has its own website: [2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair p241
  2. [1] H. Samuel History
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5