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Old 26-06-12, 06:50 PM
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Default R&HB Kirkwood, Edinburgh Silversmith

Would anyone know the years of operation of the Edinburgh silversmiths and goldsmiths 'R&HB Kirkwood, 66-68 Thistle St, Edninburgh' whose maker's tablet appears on military badges, brooches, and accoutrements?

I have not seen the Kirkwood mark on any hallmarked badge past about 1912. I infer from this anecdotally that R&HB Kirkwood ceased doing business shortly before the Great War.

Would someone have precise knowledge as to when Kirkwood closed its doors?
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Old 26-06-12, 09:02 PM
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It reminds me of the Polish para wings from WWII. Perhaps it didn't close its doors but went on under a different name?
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Old 27-06-12, 03:38 PM
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The excellent site Silver Maker Marks shows the mark you mention R&HBK for Robert & Henry Bruce Kirkwood, which as you say, seems to have been in use up to the early 20th century.

Not sure if they ceased trading or the company changed hands, but possibly transferred to another member of the family as there seems to be another Kirkwood that emerges c1915 using the maker mark K&S for Alexander Kirkwood & Sons and trading from St James Square, Edinburgh and later at Albany Street, Edinburgh

This later company appears to be the one that was contracted to make the Polish badges that Luc mentions

Don't look at me, it was like that when I got here!

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Old 27-06-12, 06:05 PM
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Thanks to Luc and Old Smelly for your remarks concerning my query.

I have actually been in recent contact with Alexander Kirkwood regarding this matter. They emailed me that they are a different company, but they have records indicating that they did overflow work for R&HB Kirkwood in the early-20th century and vice versa. The present ownership did not know when R&HB Kirkwood closed, but they are aware that a daughter, Elizabeth, continued in the trade at least through the 1930s. So, I am pursuing that angle at present.
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Old 27-05-14, 03:56 PM
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Interesting feature on Kirkwood in the most recent Antiques Roadshow.

Rgds, Thomas.
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Old 28-05-14, 08:17 AM
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An image of R.&H.B. Kirkwood's display at the Glasgow Exhibition of 1888:

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