Francisco Anzani was an Italian fancy goods dealer whose "Rocking Horse Bazaar" shop existed in Huddersfield for around 20 years.
He was born in Milan, Italy, but had moved to England by the late 1820s where he worked as a carver and gilder in partnership with Dominico Guggiari at Nottingham. The pair manufactured barometers, thermometers, looking glasses, and picture frames.
He had moved to Huddersfield by the mid-1830s, where he married Jane Russell in May 1835. The couple had seven known children:
"Anzani's Rocking Horse Bazaar" was situated on Cross Church Street, Huddersfield. When the Huddersfield Chronicle began circulation in 1850, Anzani paid for the following advertisement to be placed prominently on the front page:
ROCKING HORSE BAZAAR, 27, CROSS CHURCH-STREET, HUDDERSFIELD, AND SPRING GARDENS, BUXTON.
JEWELLER, TOY MERCHANT, AND DEALER IN GENERAL FANCY GOODS,
RESPECTFULLY announces to the Inhabitants of Huddersfield and neighbourhood, that he has REMOVED his Establishment from 26 to 27, Cross Church Street, which he has fitted up, from the three great markets of the world — Paris, London, and Birmingham — with
A SPLENDID STOCK OF SILVER AND SILVER-PLATED GOODS,
Of a most costly character. His ASSORTMENT of GENERAL FANCY ARTICLES is first-rate, and for price cannot be equalled. The PAPIER MACHIE DEPARTMENT is superb, and at such prices as cannot fail to give general satisfaction. His
METAL AND CABINET GOODS
Cannot be surpassed for Cheapness and Quality.
Ladies and Gentlemen’s DRESSING CASES, in Rosewood, Mahogany, Russia Duc, and Morocco. Ladies’ CARD CASES, in Shell, Papier Machié, and Morocco. The STOCK of JEWELLERY is strongly recommended as being very cheap, and of first-rate quality. FRENCH CHINA, and every kind of BOHEMIAN GLASS, in ancient, modern, and unique patterns, at remarkably low prices. MECHANICAL FIGURES, Musical Boxes and Time Pieces, Accordians, and Tunbridge Goods of every imaginable class. Newly-invented TOYS in endless variety, and very cheap.
Motto :— SMALL PROFITS AND QUICK RETURNS.
Remember the Address! — ANZANI, ROCKING HORSE BAZAAR, 27, Cross Church Street.
The shop was relocated to the Lion Arcade in February 1854 where he sold "jewellery, fancy toys, cigars, accordions, and other musical instruments". Anzani also had shops of the same name in Sheffield and Buxton in Derbyshire.
The family had moved to Buxton by the early 1860s.
Jane Anzani died on 26 October 1875.
Francisco Anzani he died on 1 January 1883, aged 82, leaving an estate valued at £485. He was buried on 4 January 1883 at St. John's Church, Buxton.