1865 Receipt for Two Diamonds & A Pearl Paid in Gold, Bought of Randel & Baremore Manufacturers of Diamond Jewelry and Dealers in Precious Stones No. 58 Nassau St. Cor. Maiden Lane, NY with Revenue Stamp
(Americana - 19th Century - Manuscript - Business History - Diamonds - New York)

New York, N.Y.: Randel & Baremore, 1865. F Receipt made out to A. Paine, for $ 112.00, noted as paid cash in gold; with revenue stamp affixed. Approx. 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" size; on the firm's imprinted billhead. Some edge-wear, soiling; old fold lines; back with old paper repairs at folds; in good condition. Interesting NYC diamond & jewelry business history ephemera. "... Earlier, in 1840, Randel had partnered with James Baremore to form the high-end jewelry company Randel & Baremore…The firm would probably have been lost in the tangle of upscale jewelers at the time if it were not for a daring step Randel and Baremore took shortly after opening. At a time when wealthy women were judged by their pearls, Randel and Baremore focused on diamonds. Years later the New-York Tribune would remember "they determined to make diamonds their specialty, and in this they were pioneers, as no diamond specialists existed here at that time." They also took another bold step in 1880. The New-York Tribune said "they took up diamond cutting, and this they carried on in the American style…This method aims at producing effect rather than conserving the weight of the gems." Their new methods focused on brilliance rather than size. Once again their daring paid off; prompting the Tribune to say their "enterprise was most successful." (ref. Tom Miller Wednesday, August 28, 2013 The Henry Randel House -- No. 38 E.38th Street) Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 24410)


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