Hancocks Antiques and Estate Jewellers can be found in the centre of Burlington Arcade displaying an unrivalled collection of vintage, antique and contemporary jewels from around the world. We have been in business for over 150 years since Mr. Charles Frederick Hancock, previously a partner of Storr and Mortimer, opened his boutique just around the corner on Bond Street.
Hancocks has a fascinating history proudly holding four Royal Warrants between 1849 and 2002 and participating in many of the world’s most important fairs and shows. Hancocks exhibited at The Crystal Palace in 1851 and since then has won numerous awards for excellence. In 1856 Queen Victoria bestowed upon Hancock’s the great honour of being sole maker of the Victoria Cross, a duty that is still upheld to this day.
Our story began in the heart of Victorian London with Mr Charles Frederick Hancock establishing the firm on the corner of Bond Street and Bruton Street in 1849. Dealing in the finest jewellery and gemstones Hancocks quickly built a reputation for excellence. Within a year the company had been granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria and was soon counting many of the principle sovereigns of Europe as patrons.
In 1856 Queen Victoria entrusted Hancocks with the making of the newly introduced Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry in the British armed forces, an honour that we continue to uphold today. Whilst times have certainly changed since then, the firm is still family run and is the oldest British family owned jewellers in London.
Royal Warrants and Appointments held by Hancocks: Queen Victoria ~ 1849 & 1861. The Princess of Wales (Edward VII) ~ 1863 King George V ~ 1911. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother ~ 1962.