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Sat 9th Nov 2019
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I have 2 tenuous links to Liberty's of London - family connections in the 1900s and that Arthur Lasenby Liberty (who founded Liberty's) lived near Chesham where I have lived for 12 years.

Chesham Liberty Connections

Arthur Lasenby Liberty was born in Chesham on 13th August 1843 and lived nearby in The Lee for over 30 years so has strong connections to Chesham. His grandparents farmed at Chartridge Farm apparently. Read more from the links below about this.

The Chilerns ANOB have an interesting article about this: www.chilternsaonb.org
So do Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org

In the church yard at The Lee, there is a hedged off section which contains Liberty family graves of various generations. The main stone one is very nice, others are traditional wooden ones.

Church at The Lee, Near Chesham - Liberty family graves section
Church at The Lee, Near Chesham - Liberty family graves section. Photographed by myself in around 2016.

Family Connections

My great great great Uncle was William Hair Haseler, a silver smith who worked right in the heart of Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

He and his company made the 'Cymric' silverware and 'Tudric' pewter range for Liberty's between 1901 and 1926, designed by Archibald Knox. I understand that they setup a limited company Liberty & Co. (Cymric) Ltd which was jointly owned by my family members and Liberty directors, and through which they operated.

I believe that William Hair Haseler was also in charge of the Birmingham Assay Office too for a while.

Various museums have pieces made by my families company (e.g. Victoria and Albert Musuem in London) - buttons, tea pots etc., and the items go for large amounts of money. A silver tea pot made by my families company in the 1900s for Liberty's was valued at around £20,000 on Antiques Road Show a few years ago, and the buttons were going for £100s I recall.

The Glessner House Blog has more information: glessnerhouse.blogspot.com
The British Library have a little more information about the company here: research.britishmuseum.org
Searching the V&A Collections for 'Haseler' brings up lots of interesting things too: collections.vam.ac.uk

Below are photos of the building they may have worked in - right in the centre of Birmingham Jewellery Quarter (and nearly opposite the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter). There is another address for them at the front of this street, on the right, and my grandfather's factory down the road opposite.

Whilst I don't have photos of the inside of the WH Haselers workshops, I include one from when the JW Evans buildings were being restored (and I visited in about 2008/9 before English Hertiage opened them up) showing some tools of the trade which may or may not have been the ones WH Haseler used.

WHH Buildings - Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
I think this is one of the buildings that WH Haseler worked, possibly when he was making the items for Liberty's.

JW Evans, English Hertiage - Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
Typical Birmingham Jewellery Quarter tools of the trade, photographed by myself in around 2009 at JW Evans which was being restored by English Hertiage at the time. JW Evans is at the opposite end of the Jewellery Quarter.

Jewellery Tools of the Trade (Birmingham Jewellery Quarter)
Typical Birmingham Jewellery Quarter tools of the trade, photographed by myself Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in around 2009.

Jewellery Tools of the Trade (Birmingham Jewellery Quarter)
Typical Birmingham Jewellery Quarter tools of the trade, photographed by myself Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in around 2009.

Jewellery Tools of the Trade (Birmingham Jewellery Quarter)
Typical Birmingham Jewellery Quarter tools of the trade, photographed by myself Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in around 2009.

Some useful links:
Birmingham Museum of the Jewellery Quarter www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
J. W. Evans Silver Factory - English Heritage www.english-heritage.org.uk

My grandfather ran Buncher and Haseler, right on the edge of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter - on the road opposite WH Haseler above, and on side road beside the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. There he made saucepans etc., and during the second world war, tin hats etc. The company ceased production in the 1960s I think.

My grandfather s factory - Buncher and Haseler
Up until at least 2018 the Buncher and Haseler name existed above my grandfathers factory door, possibly run as a different concern, but the building was up for sale in summer 2018 I think.

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