[likeness of crest inside a wooden box from my collection - dated 1819-1820]
John Price / Price & Gosnell / John Gosnell & Co. (1677-Present)
I have started work on a Combined index of my
collection. Click through the thumbnails for more
detail. Pictures of items that I own (Green background) are
My thanks to Chris Warner, Lesley and Nikki at John Gosnell & Co. Ltd.
whom I recently visited at their site in Lewes. They have very
kindly allowed me to browse through their archives. I am still
collating the fruits of two visits. Initial results are now
included in my combined index (see above). Chris has also given
permission for me to include my copy of "Through the Fragrant
Years - A History of the House of Gosnell" on the site. It was
written by his grandfather, then proprietor of the firm, in 1947
and describes the history of the company in detail along with
interesting anecdotes and some information about the Gosnell
Pot Lid collectors may be interested to note the appearance of
what looks like Cherry Tooth Paste Magnums in this Shop Window and
[partially] over the shoulder of this Japanese
Gentleman. Close inspection of the stall beside which he is
standing, also a reveals a very large pair of Trichosaron Hair
Brushes (picture, or the real thing ?) and a beautiful period
presentation box of brushes.
I am also working on a Chronology of the
company, drawn from various sources, initially to aid in dating
I've done a bit of research on the Geography of the company's
premises location. I find this useful when trying to imagine how
they ran their day to day business and how they changed location
I'm finally getting round to publishing my genealogical research
into my line of the Gosnell
family and others.
Melvyn K. Rees in the Patent Office Archive, who went well beyond the call of duty to find me patents for Trichosaron (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), The Mechanical Chair (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) and Soap Branding (1).