Asprey's is said to have been founded in 1781, though the exact origins of the firm are unclear. The firm can certainly be traced back to around 1804, when Francis Kennedy established a stationery business. He later went into partnership with Charles Asprey.
After the partnership dissolved in 1843, Asprey formed his own business. He retailed in a wide range of fancy goods, including stationery, cutlery, dressing cases, pocket books. As new partners joined the family firm, it was renamed Charles Asprey & Son and Asprey & Sons. The company was renamed Charles Asprey & Co Ltd in 1909.
Asprey's developed a reputation for the production and retail of gold and silver goods of the highest quality. The firm continues today and has opened additional retail outlets in New York, Beverly Hills, Honolulu, Hong Kong, St Moritz, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Osaka.