Lowe & Sons was founded in 1770 in Chester by the Lowe family. The original shop was situated near St Peters Church at the cross, but it was demolished in 1804 so the road could be widened.
Gold tumbler cups made by Lowe & Sons were presented by the Earl of Grosvenor at Chester Races. Our close association is still ongoing to this day.
The Lowe family purchased no. 11 Bridge Street Row and moved the shop from the original premises. This is the present location to this day.
The presentation of plate to Sir John Grey Egerton, Bart. Goldsmith of the city, Mr Lowe was commissioned to execute the work of a candelabra in silver gilt, to stand 3ft high and weigh 60lbs. The piece will have cost around £1,000, equivalent to £57,000 today!
Fifth Officer Harold Lowe was aboard the Titanic, he managed to assist numerous passengers into the lifeboats before being ordered to get into lifeboat 14 himself. After dropping off the passengers, he returned to the site of the disaster to rescue any survivors, which included the only female to survive being in the freezing ocean, Rhoda Abbott.
Lowe & Sons gave gifts of silver to The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for their wedding. The Queen sent a letter of thanks for her new salver by Paul Storr, entrée dishes and sauce boats.
The Chester Assay Office closed in the August of 1962. The last piece of silver to bear the Chester hallmark was made by Francis Lowe of Lowe & Sons, and marked by Vincent Ward the last Chester Assay Master.
At the end of the year, the shop benefited from a thorough restoration by the new owners, Greg and Will Powell of Powells Fine Jewellery. Bringing the shop back to it’s former glory.