Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Carter, Gough & Company

My great, great grandfather Aaron Carter had a jewelry company (under a variety of names as partners changed over time, by 1915 it was Carter, Gough and Co.) that was at one point reportedly one of the largest jewelry companies in the world. His was also the first to use a steam engine, in the 1850's. He died in 1902, but the firm was continued by his son, William Tuttle Carter (who would be my great, great uncle)
After trying for some time I was finally able to buy an affordable piece that Carter & Gough had made through Ebay. $39.00 including shipping, which is a "snip". I certainly couldn't make one for that!

About 2-3/8" long, the head is about 1/2" diameter.

4 small pearls, lovely blue guilloche enamel work. There is a small fracture that you can only see if you look very close with a loupe.

It is marked on the stick, "14K" followed by the Carter, Gough & Company mark, a "C" inside an arrowhead. It is also engraved with a date on the back – "7 . 6 . 14" and the name, "M’S. Obw."

I would love to find some earlier pieces from the period when Aaron ran the company, and I keep hunting for bargains. I am also saving any pictures from auctions that I have not won, in hopes of documenting what pieces the company produced.

6 comments:

Alice said...

This calls for a visit to inspect the stickpin and the family. I'll be out west for the winter and hope to amtrek north from Marin. Auntie A

Siemers Rafter Room said...

I am so glad to find your site. I have a pin that was made by your ancestors. I was wondering if you could tell me the approx. time it was made and if the catch on the back is complete or broken. The clasp holds the pin in place, but I have seen others like this closer have another piece to lock it in the open space on my "C" clasp. If it is broken, can it be fixed?

This pin belonged to my Mothers Mother. I currently operate a shop at the URL shown to sell family things that no one in my family cares to inherit, I am not out to make a tun of money, only to find good homes and make enough to keep my shop going. I am happy to say that to date I have found 73 objects new homes with people that will love them.

The pin is not yet on my site, but I can send you photo's to look at if you would be so kind.

Thank you in advance for any information you may be able to give me.

Felice Luftschein said...

Send me the pics, I'll have a look.
nickandfelice@gmail.com

The Mercantile Mall said...

Did your ancestors also use an acorn stamp?

The Mercantile Mall said...

did your ancestors also use an acorn stamp as a hallmark?

Nick Carter said...

Not that I'm aware of.