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iconnumber posted 04-03-2007 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently came across this 1882 announcement card for Jaccard & Co of St. Louis.

The back is quite interesting. The last paragraph reads:

    The first prize drawing competition for designs inaugurated by us having been responded to with so much interest, they will be continued. As an encouragement to Art, we will from time to time offer suitable prizes for various designs in the different departments of our business.

I know that many of the art, architecture, and typography journals of the era sponsored open calls for designs, but I wonder if any of the major houses like Tiffany, Bailey, and Gorham did as well.

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iconnumber posted 04-04-2007 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is an interesting card. I think that E.Jaccard Jewelry Co. was the successor to E. Jaccard & Co. Eugene Jaccard died in 1871 and according to Morman Mack (Author of Missour's Silver Age) Eugene's nephew Mr. Eugene J. Cuendet assumed mangagement at this time. I believe this company lasted until 1901 or maybe a little later.
There was also a D.C. Jaccard and Company from 1864 until 1873. I think this was the company that in 1873 became Mermod Jaccard & Co. Sometime later the name King was added to this company's name.

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2008 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The name was changed to E Jaccard Jewelry Co in 1880.

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iconnumber posted 09-09-2011 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
August 9, 1899
JCK - page 27
Death of D. C. Jaccard
St. Louis, Mo. Aug. 5.

D. C. Jaccard, vice-president of the Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Co., died on Thursday at 1.45 o’clock A.M. He was ill for nine days only, and on Monday was thought to be improving. and his recovery was confidently expected.

Stomach and kidney disorders caused his death. Mr. Jaccard leaves a widow and four children. Eugene G.E. Jaccard and Walter M. Jaccard are connected with the Jaccard Jewelry Co., Kansas City, Mo.; Ernest A. Jaccard is with the local house. His daughter, Mrs. Alfred Perrilard, of Lausanne, Switzerland, was the only one of his children not at his bedside when he died.

The funeral took place this morning at K.30 o'clock, from his late residence, 1723 Waverly Place. The services were conducted by Rev. Dr. S. C. Palmer, pastor of the Lafayette Park Presbyterian Church, of which congregation Mr. Jaccard was an elder. The attendance was limited only by the size of the house, and a vast concourse of sorrowing friends followed the remains to Bellefontaine cemetery, where the interment look place. The active pallbearers were the following officers and employees of the Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Co.: Goodman King, C. F. Mathey, August Kurtzeborn, Amma Ador, F. A. Durgin, E. H. Mead, S. P. Johnson and J. Famefreupher. The honorary pallbearers were composed of his associate elders in the Lafayette Park Presbyterian Church.

A full and interesting biographical sketch of Mr. Jaccard appeared in this journal of July 26, and perhaps now only a resume is sufficient. David Constant Jaccard was born in St. Croix. Switzerland, on Aug. 26, 1826. The family were of French origin, and were forced to leave France during the persecution of the

Huguenots. Young Jaccard received his early education in his native town, and when 12 years of age he was apprenticed with his elder brother and learned all of the intricacies of Swiss watch and music box manufacturing. In 1847 he was persuaded to emigrate and settle in St. Louis by his cousins, Louis and Eugene Jaccard, who had preceded him to America by some years. He entered the employ of the house of Louis Jaccard & Co., in this city, in 1848. In 1850 the house dissolved partnership, Louis Jaccard retiring. In 1852 A. S. Mermod became associated with Eugene Jaccard, and in 1855 D. C. Jaccard, the firm then being known as E. Jaccard & Co. This partnership lasted until 1864 when it was dissolved, two houses being the result, viz.: D. C. Jaccard & Co., composed of the recently deceased gentleman, A. S. Mermod and C. F. Mathey; the other business being continued by Eugene Jaccard. In 1873 the firm name of D. C. Jaccard & Co. was changed to Mermod, Jaccard & Co.. who were succeeded by the corporation of Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Co. Mr. Jaccard was married in 1855 in Paris. France, and his wife survives him. The store of the Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Co. has been closed" from Thursday until to-day on account of D. C. Jaccard's death.

As to an estimate of the character of the deceased, we will only repeat what was stated in the sketch referred to: He was a gentleman of the finest characteristics; gentle in his bearing to all, considerate to the numerous persons under his supervision, pleasant and genial to the travelers who visit the establishment, he was universally regarded with feelings of admiration, respect and love.

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iconnumber posted 09-10-2011 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting that F.A. Durgin was a pallbearer. I wonder if Freeman A. Durgin was related to William B. Durgin.

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iconnumber posted 09-10-2011 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No; two distinct family lines.

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iconnumber posted 09-10-2011 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, wev!

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