Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pawsons & Leafs Ltd.

In 1780 William Leaf opened the first wholesale silk warehouse in London, at 110 Fleet Street.The firm underwent a number of name changes over the next century before becoming Leaf & Co. Ltd in 1877. In 1832 John F. Pawson established I. F. Pawson & Co., a textile and clothing wholesaling company based at 5 and 9 St. Paul's Churchyard, London. The business was later styled as Pawson & Co., becoming Pawson & Co. Ltd in 1873.

In 1892 the two textiles companies merged to become Pawsons & Leafs Ltd. The company operated from Pawson's original premises at St. Paul's Churchyard until 1964, when the business relocated to 32/43 Chart Street. The company appears to have ceased trading some time after 1968.

There are 16 different overprints recorded for Pawsons & Leafs and the pre-merger companies of I. F. Pawson & Co.; Leaf, Sons & Co. and Leaf & Co. Ltd.




Overprint
StyleSG Cat. Numbers
Received for / I. F. PAWSON & Co. / £........ / …........H4aIRL, IRS
Received for / LEAF, SONS & CO. / £H3aIRL
Received for / LEAF, SONS & Co. / £H3bIRL
Received for / LEAF, SONS & CO. // £H3eIRS
Received for / LEAF, SONS & CO. // £H3eIRS
Received for / LEAF, SONS / & Co. / £H4aIRS
Received for / LEAF & CO. LTD.H2d172
Received / with thanks for / PAWSON & Co / LIMITEDV4b172
Received, / with thanks, for / PAWSON & COMPANY / (LIMITED). / £............. / …...........H6aIRS, 172
Received for / PAWSON & COMPANY / (LIMITED). / £............... / …...........H5bIRS
RECEIVED / £ / for / PAWSONS & LEAFS / LD.V5b172
RECEIVED / £ / for / PAWSONS & LEAFS / LD.V5d172
RECEIVED / £ / for / Pawsons & Leafs / LD.V5d172
RECEIVED / £ / for / Pawsons & Leafs / Limited.V5d357, 368, 421
Received / £ / for / Pawsons & Leafs / Limited.V5b329, 368, 421, 442, 465
PAWSONS // & LEAFS, LTD.H2d465, 488, 506

Legend : 
IRL = 1d Inland Revenue (large) type of 1860 - 1867
IRS = 1d Inland Revenue (small) type of 1868 - 1881

by Mark Matlach

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