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The London firm Garrard was founded by George Wickes in 1735. A talented silversmith, he supplied many aristocratic patrons. He also dabbled in jewellery, buttons, buckles and seals. The firm's name derives from one of Wickes' successors, Robert Garrard, who took over in partnership with John Wakelin in 1792. In 1843, Queen Victoria bestowed upon the firm the title of Crown Jewellers, a title they have held through six successive monarchs to the present day. Among other important commissions, they created the Imperial State Crown, set with the Koh-i-Noor, for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. In August 1990, Garrard was acquired by the Asprey Group, whose numerous companies were purchased in 1995 by Prince Jeffrey Bolkiah of Brunei. In 1998, he merged Garrard with the other famous name of Asprey, forming Asprey & Garrard, located at Asprey's premises on New Bond Street. In 2000, this company was sold to a private partnership who subsequently demerged the two names in 2002. Garrard has returned to the premises of 52 Albermarle Street, W1, the site it occupied prior to 1952.

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