Chs. J. GAUPP and Co., Chronometer Makers, Watchmakers, and Jewellers. Alexandra Buildings, Chater Road, Hong Kong. It is interesting to note that as years go by the wants of the inhabitants of even the most distant parts of the world are steadily increasing, and while the older generations were satisfied with comparatively little in the way of luxuries, the rising generation look upon many of these luxuries as necessities. Perhaps one of the best examples in this respect is the demand for jewellery, and in Hong Kong this trade has very able representatives in Messrs. Chs. J. Gaupp and Co. Their establishment is one of the finest of its kind in the East, and its large plate-glass windows display an artistic assortment of the many precious and useful articles in which the firm deal. To attempt a description of the beautiful stock within the shop itself would be idle, not to say Quixotic, in a necessarily brief commercial review. We can only say that from the nature of its rich and varied contents, the handsome character of the internal appointments, and the system that obtains in the arrangement of the goods, the establishment is characterised by all those up-to-date features associated with large contemporary houses in Europe. Here may be found everything that comes within the scope of the watchmaker, jeweller, goldsmith, silversmith, and optician. Every article supplied, whether it be in watches or clocks, in gems, in the precious metals made up into various forms, or in electro-plated ware fashioned with equal cunning and skill, is fully guaranteed as to quality. The firm do not compete in the matter of prices with houses dealing in goods of an inferior character, but they are fully prepared to enter the lists with any firm in the Orient dealing in precisely the same class of articles, and are in a position to offer to their patrons advantages which they will find impossible to improve locally.
In their operative departments, which comprise the making and repairing of chronometers and all nautical instruments, Messrs. Chs. J. Gaupp and Co. turn out work of the highest order, and leave nothing undone to enhance process and result.
The firm are agents for the British Admiralty Charts.
The business was started in 1860 by Mr. C. J. Gaupp, from whom it passed five years thereafter into the hands of its present proprietors, Messrs. C. Hermann. P. E. Hermann, and O. Wagner, under whose able direction it has developed very considerably, and become one of the most noteworthy concerns in Hong Kong.
Source: Seaports of the Far East, Historical and Descriptive, Commercial and Industrial facts, Figures,& Resources
- A. Macmillan - 1907
An advertisement for Chs. J. Gaupp and Co. from 1894:
Chs. Gaupp & Co. - Hong Kong - 1894
Chas. J. Gaupp & Co. - Hong Kong - 1904
(Note: Address as from March 1904: Alexandra Buildings, Chater Road, Hong Kong.)
Chas. J. Gaupp & Co. opened a branch of their business in Singapore in 1913, under the management of C. Bunje.
Charles Gaupp was an assistant at the firm of Louis Heermann, Gaupp took over the business when Heermann left Hong Kong in 1860.
Other names connected with the firm of Chas. J. Gaupp & Co. include:
Louis Frederick Gaupp
Herman Frederick Gaupp
Carl Richard Heermann
Carl Otto Heermann
Paul Emil Heermann
Hugo Frederick Heermann
Oscar Von der Heyde
This German owned business was liquidated in 1914, most likely due to the outbreak of hostilities between Great Britain and Germany. German subjects were interned at Hong Kong as from October 1914.
Further reading: 'The German Speaking Community in Hong Kong 1846-1918'
- 1994 - Carl T. Smith: http://sunzi.lib.hku.hk/hkjo/view/44/4402104.pdf
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Gaupp & Co. detail from 1892
The 1902 Juror's List for Hong Kong identifies the following employees of Chas J.Gaupp & Co.:
Rasmus Ludwig Nelliman - Assistant - Address: Queen's Road
Charles Perkins - Assistant
Friedrich Johannes Ruepprecht - Assistant - Address: Belilios Terrace
Otto Wagner - Watchmaker - Address: Granville Road
Maximiano Antonio Collaco - Assistant - Address: 37, Shelley Road