ERNST GIDEON BEK
Ernst Gideon Bek - Pforzheim - 1898
Prior to WWI, Ernst Gideon Bek was represented in the United States by Binder Brothers.
The mark of Ernst Gideon Bek.
Ernst Gideon Bek was born on the 18th April 1872 at Pforzheim , he served his apprenticeship with the Rothacker company in Pforzheim, and then at the companies Kinzinger in Pforzheim and Baer in Hanau. In 1896, he served as General Manager to the Pforzheim jewelery industry at the World Exhibition in Chicago.
He set up his own business in 1897 and quickly established branches in Birmingham , Paris , Toronto , New York City , Newark and India. In 1899 he married Emilie C. Binder, the daughter of German emigrants, in America, and no doubt this is where the connection with Binder Brothers stems from (Emilie's brother, Lawrence O. Binder, was one of the three partners of Binder Brothers.) . Between 1897 to 1914 Bek travelled to America on more than 100 occasions.
After returning from a trip to Italy in July 1932, Ernst Gideon Bek suffered a stroke, from which he never fully recovered. In 1934, he passed the business to his two sons Wesley, born 1903, and Orville Sigfrid, born 1909. The brothers reformed the company as 'EG Bek & Co.KG'.
During an air raid on the 23rd February 1945, the firm's Pforzheim headquarters were completely destroyed.
Ernst Gideon Bek died on the 27th July 1945.ENEMY TRADING CHARGE
New Yorker Who Represented Man Who Purchased German Manufacturer's Silverware Arrested in Canada
Toronto, Can., May S.–Shortly before the outbreak of the war E. Gideon Bek of Germany shipped to Toronto, silverware valued at $30,000. When hostilities began Bek's business was sold to E. C. Binder, of New York. Binder appointed Gustave A. Summer, Bek's agent, as his agent in Toronto. The police became aware of the transaction, and the authorities refused to recognize the sale as a bona fide transaction and arrested Summer on a charge of trading with the enemy. He was found guilty and interned at Fort Henry.
Recently Binder was told that to protect himself he should put the silver in storage until after the war. The Government officials suggested that he take an inventory and he sent Emil Feyler from the New Jersey office to do this. Feyler came to Toronto a few days ago, and attempted to gain possession of the silverware. He took offices at 8-10 Wellington St. as a representative of E. C. Binder, and was arrested yesterday, charged with attempting to enter into negotiations which would, it is claimed, amount to trading with the enemy.
He was remanded until May 11, and released on bail.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular
- 9th May 1917