J. & J. CASH
It is little recognised that whilst Thomas Stevens started in the mid 1860's, and W. H. Grant in the mid 1880's, the Coventry weavers of J. & J. Cash can trace their history back to an earlier period. It is also significant that Cash's are still weaving in Coventry today, having absorbed W. H. Grant (in March 1961), and possibly too other weavers detailed elsewhere on this site.
The earliest record of Cash is in 1846, with the registration of their Hereford Street address, although it is believed they were in existence before this date. It is not known when they made their first picture or bookmark, although I have recorded a silk ribbon or bookmark titled " H.R.H. Prince Consort ", with the woven J & J Cash name, which dates to circa 1862. Stevens of course registered his first bookmark design also in 1862.
In keeping with the tradition of the Coventry silk weavers, Cash still produce woven products today, as Cash's (UK). Early weavings were in silk, now they are woven in man made fibres, although their current production items are just as elegant in their own right.
Cash's production over the years has been both prolific and diverse. At present these records are hopelessly inadequate, and this is the start of a very long journey. Catalogue Numbers have not been allocated, only a File Reference Number, which is allocated sequentially as each new title is added. The structure of each page is also liable to change as and when I work out how best to catalogue the enormous number of Cash's woven tapestries.
It seems to have been a policy of Cash's to sometimes issue a tapestry as both a Greetings Card and also as a framed picture. Individuals too seemed to have framed these Greetings Cards. You will find in the categories below that most of these are now recorded only as a Greetings Card, so please scrutinise both areas.