Sol Mutterperl Inc., 18 W. 18th St. (2004)

Sol Mutterperl
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Sol Mutterperl (1878-1968) was born in Romania and immigrated to the US at the age of 16 in 1895. He began in the leather goods business in 1901. From 1903 to 1913 the business was a partnership, Wolf & Mutterperl, his partner being Meyer Joseph Wolf (1877-?). Meyer J. Wolf was an immigrant from Russia around 1890 and he registered for the World War I draft in 1918 when employed at Wolf & Co., 48 W. 21st St., as a "pocket book maker." Wolf & Mutterperl had factories at 406 Broadway (1903-1911), then later 473 Broadway (1911-1913). In 1913 the business became Mutterperl & Hillman. Mutterperl's new partner was Edward L. Hillman (1874-?), born in Riga (Latvia) and immigrated 1892. This partnership lasted only a few years (until around 1915). After 1915 Mutterperl was in business by himself at 473 Broadway until 1922. In 1922 the business moved to the location above, 18 W. 18th St.

In 1933 Mutterperl leather goods and hand bags moved to 330 Fifth Ave. (near 33rd St.), where they maintained offices and showrooms. Manufacture shifted to a factory in New Bedford, Mass. The offices were located on Fifth Ave. until the mid-1990s. For photos of Mutterperl products and ads see the Bag Lady at

Mutterperl's obituary in the New York Times (15 Oct. 1968, p. 47) says he died "Sunday ... on his 90th birthday" (i.e., Sunday Oct. 13). This date differs by about two weeks from the date given on his World War I Draft Registration in 1918, where date of birth is recorded as 28 Oct. 1878.

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