George Jermy, Whip maker of Norwich (1838 - 1927)


Within the Norfolk Museums Collections is a whip made by George Jermy of Norwich. It is a carriage whip with silver mounts hallmarked in London for 1887-8. The handle is impressed with the words, Jermy, maker, Norwich. The whip is made of holly, the grip covered with pig skin, and the tip made of whalebone, as shown in the photographs below.

George Jermy was born on 11th June 1837 in Watton, Norfolk, to Edward Jermy and Sarah Gibbs. He married Elizabeth Denmark in 1858, and they had eight children. I suspect that his wife's surname may have triggered a Shakespeare-esque fascination with the name Hamlet, since it does feature a number of times in the family.

Over the 1861-1901 period George carried on his occupation as a whip thong maker from a number of premises around Norwich. These included Bussey's Yard, Ber Street; Black Swan Yard, St Michael at Thorn; 81 Westlegate Street, St John Timberhill and 6 Westlegate Street. At the time of the 1911 census, he was living with his daughter Amy Jane Chastney and her family in Lakenheath, Norwich.He died on 14th January 1927 in Bowthorpe Road, Norwich.


Maker's mark on holly shaft

Maker's mark on holly shaft

Silver mount with pig skin grip

Silver mount with pig skin grip and holly shaft

Whalebone tip