George S Reddell Sword Cutler

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George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby Bryce » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:34 pm

G'day Guys,
I have been going through the London Directories trying to pin down when Reddell was in business at 47 Piccadilly. A process of elimination has led me to believe it must be the period 1811-13, but I have been unable to find any evidence to confirm this. Does any one have access to a 1812 or 1813 London Directory?
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Re: George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby Bryce » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:57 am

G'day Guys,

Just confirmed Reddell's 47 Piccadilly address in the 1811 directory. His Jermyn Street address was also listed in this one, so he must have moved around 1810/11.

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Re: George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby Richard » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:42 am

Hi Bryce

This isn't exactly what you want but nevertheless it may be useful: below is an entry for GS Reddell that appeared in an article by David Wright in the JAAS more years ago than I care to remember. The article lists cutlers in the London Trade Directories between the years of 1736 and 1811. References are: H = Holdens, K = Kent, PO = Post Office. At least it does seem to confirm the move from Jermyn Street to Piccadilly in 1811.

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Re: George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby JordanPL » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:15 pm

Hi Bryce

The 1813 List has him still at Jermyn Street:
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Re: George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby JordanPL » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:18 pm

And to add to the confusion the 1814 List has him at 236 Piccadilly?
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Re: George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby Richard » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:09 pm

Jordan
What lists are those?
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Re: George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby JordanPL » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:02 pm

Richard, they are from the Post Office Annual Directories. The 14th and 15th Editions
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Re: George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby JordanPL » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:23 pm

He obviously had other interests:

Morning Chronicle (1801) (London, England), Wednesday, May 24, 1820
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Re: George S Reddell Sword Cutler

Postby Bryce » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:48 pm

Thanks Jordan/Richard,

This does seem to confirm that Reddell was producing pipe-back swords with the Comet/mystical calligraphy design as early as the 1811-13 period.

He seems to have had his fingers in a quite a few different pies and was also an old family friend of the poet John Keats. According to Andrew Motion in his Biography of John Keats, Keats describes Reddell as" an innocent, powdered little man who was not used to entertaining and supplied his guests with too much drink".

I wonder who actually produced his blades?

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