Madame Crystal Ltd and A. Tugendhat, glove maker; yarn importer: records

Scope and Content

Madame Crystal Ltd. (1939-1989):

  • Corporate and share records (1948-1981).
  • Accounting and financial records (1939-1989).
  • Address books, office stationary and correspondence (1949-1981).

A. Tugendhat (1926-1984):

  • Accounting and financial records (1939-1984): Ledgers, daybooks and cash books (1939-1984); Invoices and financial statements concerning transfers from overseas (1973-1983).
  • Operation (1926-1984): Manufacturing records: technical specification cards for fabric/yarn (1926-1938); Correspondence (1980-1984); Other operational records.
  • Albert Tugendhat's personal papers (1939-1984).

Administrative / Biographical History

Madame Crystal Ltd. (1948 - 1980) was established by the glove maker Christine Maria Tugendhat, ně Crystal, in Austria. She married A. Tugendhat, who had established the firm of A. Tugendhat, woollen manufacturers, in Austria in 1928. Both were Jewish and in 1939 they fled to England where they continued their respective businesses based in Newman Street, London. Madame Crystal became a limited company in 1948 and went into voluntary liquidation in 1980. The firm of A. Tugendhat continued as yarn importers, importing high-quality yarn from Austria. Although the firms existed as separate entities their accounts were kept jointly until the liquidation of Madame Crystal Ltd in 1980.

Access Information

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here:

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These restrictions are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Michael Tugendhat in December 1980.

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No further accruals are expected in the future.