Other names: (1930) G. Garbe and Sons
Active: 1880 - 1930
Function: Carver, gilder, ivory worker
History or description: A successful ivory, horn, tortoiseshell and hard wood carving business founded by Gustave Garbe (1850-1919). Four of his sons were associated with the firm at various stages: Karl Walter; Richard Louis; Franz Paul; and Louis Gilbert (further details are contained in the personal records for Gustave Garbe and Richard Garbe RA).
After Gustave's death the sons tried to keep the business going but without success. Karl Walter went on to run Garbe's Stores, a 'Tools and Ironmongery, Electrical and Sundry' shop in Millwall. Franz Paul worked as a silversmith and Louis Gilbert became a die-sinker. However, the name continued because another son, William Gilbert Garbe (1890-29/5/1969) ran an antique restoration business with his sister Christiane in D'Arblay Street, later Charlotte Street, under the name 'G. Garbe & Sons, Ltd., established 1870'. Restoration was not an activity associated with the original firm run by Gustave Garbe.
This entry includes information supplied by Richard Garbe's great-nephew, Tony Neale.
Employed Richard Louis Garbe
Richard trained in his father's workshop as an ivory turner and carver. After Gustave died in 1919, Richard and his brothers tried to keep the family business going but were unsuccessful.
Trade name of (Karl) Gustave Garbe
1880 - 1919
For names and birth dates of sons involved in the business see Gustave's personal record
Descriptions of Business or Institution
Listed in Post Office London Directory, 1880 Post Office/Kelly London Directories
p.1479 Listed as 'Carver and Gilder'
Listed in The London Directory, 1930 Post Office/Kelly London Directories
p.917 Listed as 'Ivory Worker'
Citing this record
'Gustave Garbe', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/organization.php?id=msib1_1236885187, accessed 27 Apr 2017]