One of Birmingham’s oldest independent jewellers has revealed how much the items favoured by Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders would have set them back during the gang’s heyday.
The famous Peaky Blinders style has seen thousands of copycats pop up across the country thanks to the show’s popularity, from
its use of flat caps to the jewellery worn by the 1920’s gang and those around them.
David Johnson, the founder of Rex Johnson and Sons on Corporation Street, has seen sales of pocket watches boosted after previous series premieres of the hit TV show, which returns this Sunday to BBC One.
We have a selection of jewellery that was made in Birmingham during the Peaky Blinders era.
"Our historic checks value a top of the range 9-carat gold pocket watch at around £30 in 1929, when the new series was set.
“Today we have examples that fit that specification selling for more than £1,000.
“This shows the timeless quality of jewellery made at this time, it is such a different style to what is produced today, with a focus on craftsmanship, quality and elegance.
“We also have classic men's gold signet rings from the mid to late
1920s, a favourite of Arthur Shelby, which at the time would have set him back around £10, which we value at around £225 now.
“The popularity of the Peaky Blinders style today proves that Birmingham was producing classic jewellery in this era.
Rex Johnson and Sons has been trading as a family run business in Birmingham for 45 years, with David working alongside his son Ben to run the shop today.
PR by Reeves Public Relations agency in Birmingham and Newcastle