Herbert E. Gibbs, furniture manufacturer : records

Scope and Content

Contains: catalogues (1957-1975); product photographs (1930-1973); and premises and staff photographs (undated)

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert E. Gibbs trained as a cabinet maker at a technical college and also taught carpentry at a school. He founded Herbert E. Gibbs, a furniture manufacturing company in approximately the 1920s. The firm was based at De Beauvoir Road, London and later First Avenue, Montague Road, London. The early directors of the firm were Herbert E. Gibbs, Chairman, Claude E. Gibb, Manufacturing Director, later Chairman and Mary M. Gibbs (married name Langlois), Sales Director. Later senior staff were Claude E. Gibbs’s sons Robin E. Gibbs, Chairman and Antony E. Gibbs, Director. Other staff employed by the firm include: Mr Bingham, accounts; Mr Les Speed, manufacturing; Mr J Curtis, [carpenter/cabinet maker]; Mr Palmer; Mr F Whittle, secretary to Mary M. Gibbs; and Miss London, secretary to Claude E. Gibbs.

The firm produced furniture for domestic and commercial use. This was sold direct to the public and trade and through retailers across the UK, including Heals.

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: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of Peter Langlois, 2012

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

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