I was contacted by a reader who had found a W. Gardiner button and wished for some information about it. Unfortunately, I can’t contact them: perhaps they misspelt their email address? If anyone has one of these tailors’ buttons, please contact me!
Wathen Gardiner & Co, Bristol
Wathen Gardiner & Co, Bristol is a backmark found on various British uniform buttons. The company was started as Gardiner & Sons in 1801 by John Gardiner as a wholesale clothing company.
In 1865 Charles Walthen became a partner with John’s son Henry Gardiner; the name changing at that time.
Clothing was exported to Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. The firm made uniforms during both World Wars, both military and other. ‘Bristol Uniforms’ started as a subsidiary of the firm in 1961. This is the only remaining part of this business.
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