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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/217
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1897-1975
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 41 production units.
Name of creator(s): Tribble, Pearson and Co | East India and general merchants


Administrative/Biographical history:

Tribble, Pearson and Company, East India and general merchants, was formed in 1914 on the dissolution of the partnership of Daponte, Tribble and Pearson, formed in 1908 by Christophe Daponte, Herbert Sidney Tribble and Thomas Edward Pearson.

Daponte had started trading as an East India and general merchant at 86 Leadenhall Street in 1897. With the exception of four notifications of trademark registration (in Ms 18225) and a telegraphic code book (Ms 18234) no records for the period before 1914 are known to have survived.

The sequence of partnerships in the company from 1914 to 1929 can be traced in the partnership agreements (in Ms 18214). In 1934 the company was bequeathed to George William Church who carried on the business until his death in 1975, and all the surviving records of the company were deposited by his widow in 1977. Few records created before 29 December 1940 survive as on that date the company's office at 88 Fenchurch Street and most of its contents were destroyed by enemy action (see Ms 18237).

The company specialised in metal goods, chemicals, paints and building materials and traded from the following addresses: 86 Leadenhall Street, 1914-29; 88 Fenchurch Street, 1929-40; 107 Leadenhall Street, 1941-44; 101 Leadenhall Street, 1944-59; 114 Creighton Avenue, N.2., 1959-75.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of East India and general merchants Tribble, Pearson and Company. The records comprise partnership and tenancy agreements 1914-1957, financial records 1940-72, records of sales and purchases, including correspondence and ledgers, 1929-72, correspondence regarding finance and insurance 1933-70, correspondence with customers 1941-1975, records relating to trade, including papers regarding trademarks, specification books of products and a trade association membership certificate, 1900-1970, correspondence regarding the destruction of the company office 1941-1943, advertising material c 1942 and c 1950, cable books, telegraphic code book and postage book 1897-1959.

The collection also includes a register of members of the International Produce Exchange (1926) Limited 1926-1927 and 1955-1956; its connection with the firm is unknown.

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System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

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Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

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Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in the Guildhall Library in 1977. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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Description Notes

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Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January to May 2011.

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