History of C. D. Peacock

by on November 10, 2011

The first jewelry store for frontier Chicago and Elijah Peacock opened on February 9, 1937. It was considered a credible sign that Chicago was moving from “semi-savage conditions to civilization and refinement”. This revered Chicago jeweler was known not only for the making and repairing of watches but for its limited jewelry selection which included C. D. Peacock engagement rings as well.

Charles learned the trade from his father Elijah. He later took over the business when his father retired after the fire of 1871. The vault was all that remained of the store after the fire. Charles renamed the firm C. D. Peacock. The company moved several times before finding its current location at 101 South State Street.

In the early 1900’s, Chicago was known for its Arts and Crafts style jewelry. The Arts and Crafts movement (1890-1914) was known for ignoring the “opulence associated with industrialism in favor of the simplicity of good craftsmanship and design”. The cost of labor made their designs available only to the wealthy.

C. D. Peacock is still considered one of Chicago’s most prestigious jewelry stores and “is the oldest Chicago business still in existence today”.


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Richard M. Borys Sr January 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I’m writing from Cape Coral, Florida. Where the weather is just a bit warmer than Chicago. My wife Charlene and I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago. I have a question pertaining to a pocket watch with your logo on the face. It seems to be old as there is two pictures on the face of which I suspect is husband and wife. They seem to be in their 60’s and are dressed in what I would say is turn of the century clothes. It also seems to be in a gold case and the back opens to show the fine workmanship of the mechanism. It also has scroled initials on the case. Is there anyone in your organization that could give me some info about the pocket watch? Thank you for your time on this matter, I do appreciate it.
Richard M. Borys Sr.


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