Landsberg and Son True beauty never ages


With the onset of the Second World War, and the threat of a German invasion, it was decided that Harold would continue to trade in Hatton Garden, whilst Frank and the rest of the family moved to the relative safety of Bude in Cornwall. Frank continued to look after the books and Harold would save his petrol coupons to make the long journey to Cornwall as often as possible. Frank retired from the business at the end of the War, remaining in Bude and turning his hand to farming.

In 1945 Harold's elder son, Mr Michael Landsberg, joined the firm. Following established family tradition he was soon travelling the country and re-establishing links with customers that the War had interrupted. With his bowler hat and furled umbrella Michael also travelled to the US and Canada securing new customers. Many still deal with the firm to this day. In 1958 Mr Anthony Landsberg joined his father and brother. Throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s trade was brisk. Customers were plentiful and H. Landsberg & Son prospered. In 1985 Michael and Anthony were joined by their nephew Mr James Dallas and in 1990 Michael retired.

The changes in the trade of the last fifteen years are reflected in the changing face of Hatton Garden. Where once there were only dealers and wholesalers, retailers now dominate. As customers have become ever more discerning it is only dealers trading in the finest pieces that survive.