Sir, I beg leave to inform you that I have recently opened a Warehouse… [opening lines from 1812 printed circular with manuscript letter].

Over 35 objects manufactured by Thomas Lacey


Printed circular letter explaining the expansion in 1812 of the business of Thomas Lacey who was manufacturing and dealing in gold and silver luxury goods in Birmingham, England.

Lacey’s circular letter describes the recent opening of warehouse London and the engagement of a new superintendent or sales representative there. The printed letter is augmented with an integral one-page handwritten letter addressed to a potential customer.

The circular letter lists over 35 objects manufactured by Thomas Lacey in Birmingham including food utensils and jewelry. The luxury goods are presented under three headings: “Gold,” “Silver,” and “Gilt, Silver & Black.” These include gold seals, “Ear-rings,” and bracelets and silver snuff boxes, pencil cases, and “Scissars and Sheaths.” The items listed in the final category include combs and ornaments, “Ridicule and Purse Springs,” “Dress Buttons,” and “Eye Glasses, &c. &c.”

Among the many food, drink and tobacco related items are nutmeg graters, “Desert [sic] Knives and Forks,” cheese scoops, cork screws, and “Segar Tubes &c.” Personal health and hygiene objects too are included such as “Vinegarets,” tongue scrapers, and tooth picks.

The printed, bifoliate circular contains a one-page letter addressed to “H. Upson, Esq.” In the letter, Lacey introduces himself and offers to supply Upson with the goods he manufactures. Here, the use of a “mass mailing” or circular letter by Thomas Lacey to advertise his Birmingham business, and catalog his inventory, is further augmented by the personal touch of a handwritten letter.

It appears that Lacey called upon Upson at his house and, finding him not at home, left his circular almost as one would leave a calling card; the letter was not sent through the post. Lacey was clearly a shrewd marketer.

A printed circular letter and catalog list of gold and silver food, fashion, and luxury goods augmented with a manuscript commercial solicitation from their Birmingham, England manufacturer.


Description: Sir, I beg leave to inform you that I have recently opened a Warehouse… [opening lines from 1812 printed circular with manuscript letter].

[Birmingham, England; February 26, 1812]. [4]pp. Bifolium; printed first page; manuscript letter to third page dated July 4, 1812; integral address leaf. English paper watermarked: “Harris Brothers 1810.” Some paper losses at folds affecting manuscript’s text, not sense; traces from red wax seal; very good.

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Price: $50.00

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