Father's Day


9 carat rose gold Albert chain with fob, English, by John Goode & Sons, circa 1912.
9 carat rose gold Albert chain with fob, English, by John Goode & Sons, circa 1912.
Ref: 14877

Thursday 10th April 2014

The tradition of Father’s Day is one hundred and two years old this seventeenth of June. Though only established as an official holiday in the United States in 1972, the celebration dates back to 1910, when Sonora Smart-Dodd of Spokane, Washington decided that there should also be a holiday to celebrate fathers’ contributions to the family, as there was for mothers, created just a few years earlier.  Unfortunately the concept was met with some derision, whereas Mother’s Day was readily accepted throughout the United States and subsequently the world. 

Though various presidents recognized the day over the following decades, celebrated on the third Sunday in June (loosely associated with the date Sonora Smart-Dodd’s own father passed away), including Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Lyndon B. Johnson, it was President Nixon who finally signed the holiday into law. After that point it was soon readily accepted, and is now celebrated in over one hundred countries, though most popular in the United States and the United Kingdom. Today, as opposed to a century ago, fathers and mothers alike play hands-on parental roles, and so it is perhaps more than ever appropriate that fathers should be recognized for their contributions.  Why not show your appreciation this year!

Antique bloodstone seal ring English, circa 1876.
Antique bloodstone seal ring English, circa 1876.
Ref: 11910
Traditional signet ring set with Onyx in 18ct yellow gold.
Traditional signet ring set with Onyx in 18ct yellow gold.
Ref: 10592
Money clip by Cartier, circa 1970.
Money clip by Cartier, circa 1970.
Ref: 16397
Mother of pearl and diamond cuflinks in white gold.
Mother of pearl and diamond cuflinks in white gold.
Ref: 14199
9ct yellow gold match book holder, English, circa 1929.
9ct yellow gold match book holder, English, circa 1929.
Ref: 7927

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