Joseph Joseph, a Jewish mineral dealer in Rudruth, Cornwall (1823-1847), Plymouth, Devon (1850's), and London, England (1868-1870), was one of six children of Moses "Isaac" Joseph and Judith Jacob. Judith was the daughter of the Redruth mineral dealer and clock maker Jacob Moses. Like his father-in-law, Joseph was also a watch and clock maker as well as a silversmith, and traded at Fore Street, Redruth from 1823-1847. From 1840 he is also listed as a mineralogist in trade directories. The earliest record of his mineral dealing is in an 1837 letter introducing himself to John Williams, offering specimens of chalcedony which had just been raised from a mine in the neighborhood, probably from the Pednandrea mine. From 1838 to 1848 he supplied Cornish and Australian minerals to the Royal Institute of Cornwall and sold several large and fine specimens to the Museum of Practical Geology in 1845. He exhibited a large block of "Jew's House Tin" in his shop window in 1844, and two years later advertised a sale of mineral specimens and shells.
In 1849 Joseph removed to 29 Whimple Street, Plymouth where he traded as a silversmith and was still dealing in minerals. Joseph was selling minerals, including calcite from Wheal Wrey, to the British Museum from Plymouth in 1858 and from an unspecified address to 1863. He moved to 47 Goodge St., Tottenham Court Road, London where he advertised himself as a "dealer in minerals and other articles of natural history ... antiques, &c" and was listed as a mineralogist in the trade directories of 1868-70. The label of his shown here is the only example known to have survived.
COOPER, M. (2006) Robbing the Sparry Garniture; A 200-Year History of British Mineral Dealers. Mineralogical Record, Tucson (in press).
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The only surviving Joseph Joseph label known, showing his London address (dating to 1868-1870).