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wev
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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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The name was changed to E Jaccard Jewelry Co in 1880.

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Scott Martin
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August 9, 1899
JCK - page 27
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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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Interesting that F.A. Durgin was a pallbearer. I wonder if Freeman A. Durgin was related to William B. Durgin.

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No; two distinct family lines.

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Thanks, wev!

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THE JEWELERS’ CIRCULAR
July 26, 1899
pg 43
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    D. C. Jaccard

The name of Jaccard, which is so generally known in America and Europe in connection with the jewelry trade, is represented in this sketch by D. C. Jaccard, vice-president of one of the most important jewelry houses in this country, the Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Co., St. Louis, Mo. It was in 1829 when Louis Jaccard arrived in St. Louis, then a very small town; and thus for 70 year^ has this family been identified with the growth and success of that city, even in the face of much trial, for in May, 1849, the Jaccard store was entirely destroyed in the great St. Louis fire, when 28 steamers and 14 squares of houses were burned.

In 1850 Louis Jaccard, being in poor health, sold his interest to his nephew, Eugene Jaccard, and returned to Switzerland, where he died in 1865. Eugene carried on the business alone until 1852, when he associated with him A. S. Mermod. In 1855 D. C. Jaccard became a member of the firm, the firm name being E. Jaccard & Co. On May 1. 1864, A. S. Mermod and D. C. Jaccard separated from E. Jaccard & iCo., and bought Mr. Jones's store, then under Odd Fellows Hall. They established the house of D. C. Jaccard & Co., taking with them their friend, C. F. Mathey, as partner.

Eugene Jaccard died on Sept. 4, 1871. In 1873, in order to prevent confusion through the similarity of the names of the two firms —E. Jaccard & Co. and D. C. Jaccard & Co. —the name of the last was changed to Mermod, Jaccard & Co., which was used until the firm were incorporated as Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Co., with A, S. Mermod, president; D, C, Jaccard, vice president; C, F. Mathey, treasurer, and Goodman King, secretary. This company expanded and built up an enormous business, occupying one of the largest establishments of its kind in America.

On Dec. 19, 1897, this large store, completely stocked with the finest goods that could be gathered in Europe and in this country for the Christmas season, was totally destroyed by fire in less than two hours’ time. Notwithstanding, however, this terrible disaster, the next morning the company were installed in business in a store they bought just opposite the one burned. For 18 months they had to do business in tour to five different places, all branches, until their new building was completed. This new building was opened for business on May 1, 1899, just 35 years after D. C. Jaccard and A. S. Mermod separated from E. Jaccard & Co. and started the house of D. C. Jaccard & Co. The new store is without doubt one of the largest and best arranged establishments in this country or in Europe.

D. C. Jaccard was born in St. Croix, Switzerland, in 1826. When 12 years of age he commenced his apprenticeship with his older brother, who taught him, while still attending the public school of the city, the complete manufacturing of watches and music boxes. In 1844 he entered the Normal School of Lausanne, and after his graduation taught school for one year, in the meantime continuing to work at the bench when not engaged at school. In the Fall of 1847, then being completely master of the watch making business and being a first class, conscientious workman in every branch of the business, his cousins, Louis and Eugene Jaccard, of St. Louis, Mo., sent for him to come to St. Louis to work for them. He arrived in that city, July 15, 1848, and since that time has made St. Louis his home and has identified himself with the community.

Though now 73 years of age, he is the first person at his place in the morning and is in complete possession of all his abilities and faculties. In an establishment of such magnitude there are many things to be looked after, but he has retained as his specialty the supervision of the watch department in all of its details. He attributes the success he has attained in business to his complete mastery of practical watch making and to his understanding of all the varied branches of the jewelry trade and of jewelry manufacturing. His three sons, two of whom are in Kansas City, identified with the Jaccard Watch & Jewelry Co., in which concern D. C. Jaccard has an interest, while the third is connected with the Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Co., all received their education with the view of making the jewelry business the field of their life’s work.

Personally the subject of this sketch is 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 is universally regarded with feelings of admiration, respect and love.


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