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H. Perkins and Sons

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of Compton Street Works, 33 Compton Street, Goswell Road, London, EC1. Also at 74 Branston Street, Birmingham. (1922)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Clerkenwell 3360 (3 lines). Cables: "Erkinsian". (1929)

Percy Wynn Marshall was a Director in the 1920's.

1922 British Industries Fair Advert as Manufacturers of Briar Pipes, Cigarette Tubes, Tobacco Pouches, Walking Sticks and Canes, Pocket Lighters and Fancy Goods. (Stand No. K.81) Also: Silver-mounted Scent Bottles, Powder Jars, Flower Vases, Salt Cellars, Calendars, Cigarette Boxes, Smokers' Articles and Small Silver Novelties. (Stand No. D.9) [1]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Silver and E.P. Mounted Glassware, Silver and E.P. Novelties, Silver and E.P. Smokers' Requisites. (Stand No. J.19) [2]

Amongst the items described as 'Fancy Goods' that the company began to sell were ladies powder compacts known as 'Flapjacks'. These were flat discoid containers on the inside of each one was a piece of silk attached to a metal ring and through which the powder was sieved prior to being used as a make up using a powder puff. The first ones made required the silk to be sewn on to the ring by hand which Mrs Percy Wynn Marshall did. Then the compact was decorated with an orange background and over which was added a black Chinese design. The painting in Chinese Laquer was done by Percy Wynn Marshall. He gained the ideas for these designs during visits to Germany during the early 1930's.' [3]

1939 Patent - A new or improved date indicator. [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1922 British Industries Fair Advert clxxvii; and p62
  2. 1929 British Industries Fair p134
  3. Dennis Marshall, son of Mr and Mrs Percy Wynn Marshall
  4. [1] Wikipatents