Beable, William Henry Commercial Russia

ISBN 13: 9781151046666

Commercial Russia

9781151046666: Commercial Russia

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... XVI AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY, CHEMICALS, & GENERAL MERCHANDISE Scarcity of British goods--Pianos--Stationery and books--Cutlery--Carpets--Food products--Medicines--Tobacco--Chemists' supplies--The Chemical industry--Cement--Beeswax--Agricultural machinery--No tariff on agricultural machinery--Machinery--Glass and optical instruments--Saws--Furniture--Tools--Firebricks--Clothing--Cycles--Photographic supplies--Paints and colours--China-ware--Castings--Jewellery--Umbrellas--Lace and embroidery--Perfumery. IN one of the bigger Russian cities there is a large shop where almost every kind of article can be purchased, except food and clothing. It is not a department store, but a mixture of ironmongery, toys, cutlery, glass, china, stationery, fancy goods, haberdashery and, in fact, almost every conceivable article of these kinds. I was surprised to find very little British goods in the shop. The safety razors, inkstands, ornaments, fountain-pens, bags, smokers' sets, were nearly all German. The proprietor said, "I want to buy English goods, but nobody ever comes here with any. There isn't a novelty brought out but what I have a good sale for, but it is only on the rare occasions that I am able to go to England that I see or hear of anything made in that country. Most of what few English goods I have been able to purchase comes through German agents." In Moscow, in the big department store of Muir and Merrilees, referred to elsewhere, with a turnover running into millions a year, the large percentage of goods were German, although the firm is of Scotch origin, and its present directors are Englishmen. They have a buying branch in this country, but Mr. Wm. Cazelet, the managing director, told me that they could handle very much more British...

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