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Lawrences Ltd late Elvey

Lawrences Ltd late Elvey

The business of Elvey and Green as Pocket Book Makers was formed in 1797 at 93 Oxford Street.

John Elvey then opened a business at 9 New Bond Street in 1801. On her husband's death Elizabeth Elvey continued the business and their name as makers of good Dressing Case, Writing Desk and Pocket Book makers grew. They counted the Royal Family as well as the Prince of Orange, the King of Prussia and Prince Augustus Frederick amongst their patrons. Lachlan MacQuarie, the notable Governor of NSW also had a Writing Slope from Elizabeth Elvey.

The 1823 directory lists both Elizabeth Elvey and her nephew and niece, G. and J. Lawrence, as conducting businesses at 9 New Bond Street. From this date on George Lawrence is mostly listed in the directories with less attention given to his sister.

Such was the reputation of the Elvey's that Lawrence continued to remind people on his stationery etc. that he was their successor. George Lawrence continues to be listed in the trade directories at 9 New Bond Street in 1846 but by 1852 a music publisher called Hammond has taken on the premises.

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