1000 Trades, Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
This historic building in its day was jewellery workshop in the 1870’s and is Grade II-listed building. In this story of its history we are looking at premises from 1908 when it under ownership of GOMM Badges until 1997.
A brief history behind the “Golly” badges as a trade mark was introduced by James Robertson & Sons established in 1864. Whilst on a trip in the turn of the century to the deprived area in North America John Robertson noticed many young children playing with little black rag dolls with white eyes, made from their mothers discarded black skirts and white blouses. The name given by them was “Golly” is another name dolly. The trademark proved so poplar the badge was born the first brooch was produced in 1928 the design was the Golly Golfer.
R E V Gomm Ltd were not the only company on Frederick St to make them over the years just short walk away you find Fattorini and Sons manufactured some of the brooches from the white waistcoat era until 1970s. Along with Fattorini & Sons were another firm also based in the Jewellery Quarter the founder of this business worked and learned his skills of enamel badge trade, William Miller from Fattorini his son Harold William of H W Miller from 1925 was based at 118 Branston Street, where the firm stayed until 1978.
"Golly badges” of the 1950's were produced by as many as twenty different manufacturers, which included R E V Gomm Ltd.
R.E.V. Gomm Limited was established in 1908. Throughout our long, esteemed history they have specialised in the design and manufacture of enamel badges.
Over many years the firm has made badges for many famous brands and companies. They are probably best known as the original manufacturers of the Robertsons's Jam Golly Badges.
was established in 1908 and specialises in the production of enamel badges. Becoming collectables just look up the web for the demand in them.
They produced many of the brooches during the white waistcoat era and 1970s. Just as they were then, they are based in Frederick Street, Birmingham. They are now part of the Shaw Munster Group which describes itself as a small, family-controlled group. The initials R.E.V. in R.E.V. Gomm stand for Richard Edward Victor
Following the sad death of Mr Gomm in 1997 the company was brought into the Shaw Munster Group and continues to produce quality British-made badges and souvenirs.
The Genuine Gomm Badge Ranges:
The Locomotive and Railway Range
The Car and Truck Range
The Tractor, Fire and Traction Engine Range
The Military, Aircraft and Ship Range
The Bus and Tram Range
The Motorcycle Range
The School, Personnel and Flag Range
on Sovereign Hall Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter. With its white stucco frontage adjorned with Italianate decoratation, this building has always stood out to me as I pass by on my daily commute. My favourite feature is the bearded gentleman keystones! It was built C1860 as workshop with residential accommodation. Over the years many businesses have been based there, the earliest company is listed was a silversmith, S Blackensee & Son from 1881 until the end of war. It is grade II listed in 1982.
I like to give my titles to my art relating to Birmingham and time period of the painting, St Thomas' Peace Garden was named (aka the Peace Gardens) is a small public park in Birmingham.
The Peace Gardens were designed around the tower and west porticos of St Thomas's Church, Bath Row, which was half demolished in the Birmingham Blitz in 1940 and never restored. The grounds were laid out in 1955 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The grounds were laid out for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 when the gravestones were moved, and the remains reinterred at Warstone Lane Cemetery, Jewellery Quarter.
St Thomas Church, following victory in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Parliament set up a Commission that was given £1million to build so called 'Waterloo Churches' in an act of national thanksgiving in 1818. designed in a neo-classical style by Thomas Rickman, St. Thomas'