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"In the history of culinary copper there is still to discover, always surprises, always beautiful things. Fortunately! It is thanks to that we know that the journey is not over! To all Copper Lovers, T. J."

Here for us one of the brand manufacturers which we classify our top 10!

Connoisseurs know, GAILLARD has manufactured some of the finest culinary copper world!
Often reserved for professionals, we have the chance to find today and it must recognize that it is thanks to the Internet!

Among all copper pots that are passed between my hands GAILLARD PARIS produced some that have impressed me the most! Both in size as manufacturing quality! Both by the beauty of the copper rivets! GAILLARD remains and will remain for me a legend in the art of cooking!

As can be seen in the rear view, this old postcard, rue du Faubourg Saint Denis was very animated!
One can easily imagine that the reputation of the House GAILLARD was readily spread by word of mouth from visitors.
If you look more old postcards you will find that almost all street (which is very large) was as lively as this postcard!

La Maison Jules GAILLARD was here! Unfortunately we doubly unlucky!
The picture taken from Google Street View deformed image and gives the impression of a crossroads! In truth the view should be looked flat.
Then we can see each side of the building number 81 are old buildings. The 81 is a recent building! No chance.

Here are some nice pictures! Testimony of the past. Late 1800s, early 1900s.











The earliest known date: 1795

This is the official date of the company indicated by GAILLARD.
Be aware that many companies 1800s resumed their account creation date of the other companies they had purchased. Often these companies were prestigious, well established with a very well reputation.

So it is important to take into account that 1795 is perhaps not the real date of creation GAILLARD PARIS.

We must also take into account that some companies were not always redeemed by people outside the company. They could be taken over by someone in the family, a worker, an accountant, a director, partner, etc ...

The latest known date: 1980

1980 is a safe time. But that could change to go around 1981, 82, 83 ...?
1980 is the date found on a former employee who worked for Jules GAILLARD from 1973 to 1980.

The different names found:
J&E GAILLARD, JULES GAILLARD, J. GAILLARD, GAILLARD PARIS, Ets JULES GAILLARD, Ets JULES GAILLARD et FILS. We know that "J" means JULES. In the "E" is more mysterious. There is a document dating from 1928 which states:

GAILLARD (JULES and EMILE) 81 RUE DU Faubourg Saint Denis.

Unfortunately I do not get to have this entire document, it is a list Parisian Boilermakers.
It remains to define who is "EMILE" (brother, father, uncle, son, other ?????). This is currently a mystery to us..

There are traces of a seller who calls EMILE GAILLARD rue du faubourg poissonnière in Paris in 1922.
It is indicated as wholesale for household items. We can see that he has a tinning industrial plant in town of Aubervillers (PARIS area) and a factory in town of Drancy (PARIS area). He makes kitchen pots in many material but it is not mentioned for copper. For now nothing says if there a relationship with Jules GAILLARD and if he is the "E"! But it is interesting to find more information to this way.

So, now start again from the official date, 1795, indicated by GAILLARD and try to travel through time!


This 1798 document is a list of Parisian Boilermakers, is not found GAILLARD in (this list is meant to be quite full).

This 1809 document is a list of Parisian merchants, there is no GAILLARD in the profession of boilermaker (this list is meant to be complete).

This list of Parisian Boilermakers 1820 we see a GAILLARD located at 87 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis (the address we know on our official documents is 81 rue du Faubourg St Denis). So it is not sure that this is our GAILLARD but there is a good chance that this be him.

In this 1837 Parisian Boilermakers list there is always a GAILLARD located at 87 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis and you can see that in rue des petites écuries (which is a perpendicular street very close to the 87 Fbg St Denis) there is also a coppersmith GAILLARD.

In this 1840 document was an additional element. We learn that the first name of GAILLARD located at 87 rue Fbg St Denis starts with "A". In 1849 he was still at number 87.

And here is one of the most important document for me. We note that in 1850 was A. GAILLARD changed address to the number 81 of the rue du Faubourg Saint Denis. He was the father of JULES GAILLARD?

With all elements we have, we can say that from 1820 (minimum) up 1980 (possibly more), there has always been a Boilermaker GAILLARD in the rue du Faubourg Saint Denis. At number 81 of the street since 1850. This makes it the oldest house, having kept his name and has kept the same address, I know as a manufacturer of Copper Pots !

The oldest official document GAILLARD I possess dates from 1908.

It contains very interesting informations.

We can see that the J&E GAILLARD House is located at 81 Faubourg St Denis.

It seems that GAILLARD does not work alone and another house is associated with him.

This is the house MAURETTE et ROCHE.

In this 1903 other  paper we see that the House MAURETTE et ROCHE is indicated as cookware and molds manufacturer and is also tinsmith.


It is located 16 rue Portalis in PARIS.


We also see that the old name was House MAURETTE et CUVELIER.



On this document the Universal Expo 1889 shows a reward (bronze) that was awarded to :



Returning to our paper J&E GAILLARD 1908 and see the other information we learn.

We find this address is given as a branch: 16 rue Portalis

We have seen above that this is the address of the  MAURETTE and ROCHE House.

How do they work together? I do not know. 2 Houses made and sold? Each house had its specialty?

One sold, the other manufactured? This is a mystery to be discovered!

The rewards are many.

The oldest date of 1867 and the most recent from 1904.

It can be assumed that these rewards are a mixture that have been attributed to either GAILLARD either MAURETTE and ROCHE.

House J&E GAILLARD is clearly indicated as hammered copper boiler factory.

GAILLARD already offers in this era of fully equip kitchen with all necessary accessories pans.

This applies to baking.

Quotations may be made by mail in national and international.

Devices that are used to keep food cold are an essential asset for Houses as GAILLARD. It is very important to be able to cover the demand for equipment and facilities.

Here we see that GAILLARD offers coolers and cold rooms. With move to Paris but also abroad. Just imagine the weight and size of coolers to understand that a move abroad would be a big job and would be very expensive!

In 1908, a very long time know the misdeeds of a bad tinning.

Some malicious use of lead-based mixtures or other products hazardous to health.

We can see here that GAILLARD proposed a fine tinning (pure tin).

It was always good to report to feel confident clients.

Customer J&E GAILLARD is large and varied.

But we see that it is essentially professionals such as
restaurants, hotels, government, prefectures, prisons, hospitals, embassies, ministries, etc ...

One can easily imagine that the embassies should be a good advertisement for the sale to the abroad.





In this picture you can see a fabulous lot of copper pans GAILLARD, very rare! I put on sale in 2014. It is a mixed lot of stamped Jules GAILLARD and J&E GAILLARD .

Note handles cast and bronze. Superb!



In this photo, an example is found very often, copper pans stamped and other non-stamped.
This is a series of 7 identical copper pans GAILLARD PARIS. The number 1 and 2 are stamped GAILLARD PARIS and MADE IN FRANCE. All others are only stamped MADE IN FRANCE.
I would make a special page on this website to explain why some pans are stamped and others not.

I found the trace of a catalog from 1914. It has 137 pages and is illustrated.
I'm trying for some time to receive a copy but it is a big trouble!
If I managed to get it, you will see it on this page!



I love this 1925 paper !!!!!

He lets me imagine that in the same day one would visit the houses GAILLARD, JACQUOTOT and DEHILLERIN !!!!

A dream that even Santa Claus can not realize today!


Now we will study two documents that are clearly dated bills.

These two documents are somewhat contradictory so we will superimpose the first and then we will look after one another.
We saw in the 1908 paper on top there was written J&E GAILLARD and french "Maisons GAILLARD & MAURETTE & ROCHE Réunies". This may mean that the houses worked together.
In this document of 1931 and 1932 we do not see J&E GAILLARD but JULES GAILLARD.



What is contradictory is that we see in 1932 "Maisons GAILLARD & MAURETTE & ROCHE réunies" and in 1931 "JULES GAILLARD et ancienne Maison MAURETTE & ROCHE".
We can say that in French "réunies" means working together.
While "ancienne" can mean that the MAURETTE & ROCHE HOUSE no longer exists and was taken over by GAILLARD.

What is contradictory is the date :

In 1908, "réunies" / "met".
In 1931, "ancienne" / "old".
In 1932, "réunies" / "met".

Using these two papers I can establish that in the 20s MAURETTE & ROCHE activities has returned completely GAILLARD and JULES GAILLARD still had a stock of billing books period "met".

We will now look at the 1931 document. It does not give more information than we know already. Tinning pure tin, coolers and cold items facilities. Cookware and complete facilities.

The 1932 document is a little more interesting because it shows us that the GAILLARD HOUSE working with the manufacturer of refrigeration equipment AUTOFRIGOR. This shows that the MAISON JULES GAILLARD has already understood the need to ally with leading manufacturers to keep the best reputation. We will see later that JULES GAILLARD was able to partner with other major manufacturers to serve its customers in the best way!

I notice that the branch 16 rue Portalis (MAURETTE & ROCHE) is not on the document.
We find instead this indication: Usine Electrique (Electric Factory) 42 rue VITRUVE PARIS.
This is very intriguing because I can not find information about this plant. In 1932 she was an electricity producing plant? Producing factory kitchen equipment? We will see later that this address will remain for many years on the documents of the House Jules GAILLARD. But it will simply
be included "usine" (factory) and not "usine electrique" (electric plant).

Meanwhile we can see on this document from 1900, an overview of RUE VITRUVE was at number 32 a cotton to sew factory.


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