A JEWELLERS with Bradford links – including making the FA Cup trophy won by the Bantams – is closing its last branch in Yorkshire for good after 190 years.

A. Fattorini The Jeweller is shutting its store in Harrogate, established in 1831, due to the retirement of shop owner, Anthony Tindall.

All gold and diamond jewellery in the Parliament Street site will be reduced by 50 per cent in a closing down sale which starts at 10am tomorrow and customers can only buy in-store.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:  A.Fattorini The Jewellers is to shut its store in Harrogate A.Fattorini The Jewellers is to shut its store in Harrogate

Mr Tindall, 69, who joined the firm in 1976, said: “I have mixed feelings about retiring.

“The decision to close the store has been incredibly tough. It’s undoubtedly the end of an era for Harrogate and for our family.

“I have loved my time in the business and am going to miss the customers, many who have been coming into the store for many years to purchase special and sentimental pieces.”

“A lot of people will miss it. A lot of people contact us who were Bradford customers. People do come for a nice day out in Harrogate from Bradford to see us. The Bradford shop had an excellent reputation and we have tried to maintain that.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Antonio Fattorini, who started the jewellery firmAntonio Fattorini, who started the jewellery firm

The Fattorini name has a long and illustrious history with Bradford. A 160-year history of retailing ended in Bradford in March 2012 with the closure of the former Fattorini jewellery store.

The shutters came down for the last time at the Tyrrel Street branch of Goldsmiths, which took over the Fattorini’s business in 1986.

The closure brought to an end an association between Fattorini and the city of Bradford which began in 1846 with the opening of the original shop by Antonio Fattorini, great-great-grandfather of Anthony Tindall, who came to England after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and initially made his living as a travelling salesman. He started his original jewellery business in 1831 in Harrogate.

Antonio’s sons John and Edward settled in Bradford and built up the business which by 1870 had two branches in Kirkgate and Westgate.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:  A 1973 Telegraph & Argus Fattorini advert A 1973 Telegraph & Argus Fattorini advert

Fattorini’s is famous for designing the FA Cup trophy, first won in 1911 by Bradford City.

In 1852 a forerunner of the former Empire Stores mail order business emerged when a watch club offering customers 20 weeks of credit was set up and run through Fattorini shops in Bradford, Harrogate and Skipton. Empire Stores was closed in 2008 by French owners SA Redoute Catalogue of Roubaix – Bradford’s twin town.

The Fattorini name continues with sales and production sites in Birmingham and Manchester and a sales office in London.