M. Basch & Co

M. Basch & Co


M Basch & Co was established by Maurice Basch.  An early advertisement states: M. Basch & Co., “from Cheapside, London E.C.” “Chronometer, Watch and Clockmakers, Court Jewelers and Opticians. By Appointment of the Indian Government. Market Square, near the Maxim Hotel, Bulawayo”.

Around 1897, Maurice’s brother Emmanuel arrived in Rhodesia to take over his brother’s business. Emanuel was a native of Plymouth, Devon, and noted as being the son of Edward Basch.

Emanuel Basch was an prominent member of the Jewish community there and was President of the Hebrew Congregation and the Hebrew Benevolent Society. He was a member of the Chamber of Mines and the Chamber of Commerce, and elected to a seat in the Town Council.


  • The Miltonian, 1927