AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF USA AND CANADA MANUFACTURERS OF SILVER HOLLOWWARE, FLATWARE AND JEWELRY



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AMERICAN STERLING SILVER HALLMARKS - ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF MAKERS:
- Ba - BH -
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
Aa / Am      An / Az      Ba / Bh      Bi / Bz      Ca / Cn      Co / Cz      Da / Dt      Du / Dz      E      Fa / Fn      Fo / Fz      Ga / Gh      Gi / Gz      Ha / Hh      Hi / Hz      I-J      K      La / Lh      Li / Lz      M      N      O      P - Q      Ra / Rn      Ro / Rz      Sa / Sh      Si / Sz      T - U - V      Wa / WG      Wh / Wz      X - Y - Z     

HOW TO READ, DECRYPT AND IDENTIFY THE MARKS
ON AMERICAN STERLING SILVER

LITERAL MARKS - INITIAL LETTERS    A     B     C     D     E     F     G     H     I     J     K     L     M     N     O     P     Q     R     S     T     U     V     W     X     Y     Z     
AMERICAN SILVERSMITHS         ALVIN CORPORATION      BLACK, STARR & FROST       J.E.CALDWELL & CO    CLEMENS FRIEDELL    WILLIAM GALE    GORHAM      HOLMES & EDWARDS    HOTCHKISS & SCHREUDER    INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF      DANIEL LOW & CO      LUNT SILVERSMITHS      MAUSER MFG. CO      MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO      POOLE SILVER CO      REED & BARTON      BERNARD RICE'S SONS      ROGERS      GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO      SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW      SIMPSON, HALL, MILLER & CO      WILLIAM SPRATLING      ARTHUR STONE      TIFFANY & CO      TOWLE      TUTTLE SILVERSMITHS     WALLACE      WATSON COMPANY      E.G. WEBSTER & SON     WHITING MFG CO     WILCOX SILVER PLATE CO
FLATWARE PATTERNS         GORHAM      HOLMES & EDWARDS     INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF CORPORATION      ONEIDA SILVERSMITHS      REED & BARTON      1847 ROGERS BROS      TOWLE MFG CO      WALLACE SILVERSMITHS INC.     
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section J A BABCOCK & CO
Otto R. Bade - 
New Hope, PA OTTO R. BADE - New Hope, PA
foreman of Frank Rebajes in New York. Continued activity from 1960 to c. 1990. In 2009 contributed to refound Rebajes business
Roswell H. Bailey - Woodstock, VT ROSWELL H. BAILEY - Woodstock, VT
Business established in 1839
Bailey & Kitchen - Philadelphia, PA Bailey & Co - Philadelphia, PA Bailey & Co - Philadelphia PA Bailey & Co - Philadelphia PA Bailey & Co - Philadelphia PA Taylor & Lawrie manufacturers for Bailey & Co - Philadelphia, PA Taylor & Lawrie manufacturers for Bailey & Co - Philadelphia, PA Bailey & Co - Philadelphia, PA Bailey & Co - Philadelphia, PA Bailey & Co - Philadelphia, PA Bailey & Kitchen - Philadelphia, PA Bailey & Co - Philadelphia, PA: quality standard mark
further marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section
BAILEY & KITCHEN - Philadelphia PA
BAILEY & CO - Philadelphia PA
BAILEY, BANKS & BIDDLE - Philadelphia PA
BAILEY, BANKS & BIDDLE CO - Philadelphia PA
The origin is in the partnership formed in 1832 by Joseph Trowbridge Bailey and Andrew B. Kitchen. New partnership was formed in 1848 under the name Bailey & Company until 1859. In 1878 a new partnership was formed under the name Bailey, Banks and Biddle. The firm was in deep connection with Taylor & Lawrie and George B. Sharp which supplied to Bailey & Co large quantities of their silverware. Bailey & Co. made their own silver only for a short period between about 1852 and about 1862. The eagle/U/shield mark was used beginning c. 1852 to denote coin silver quality ("American Standard Silver") and the lion/S/shield mark was used beginning in 1855 to denote sterling silver ("British Sterling"). The firm was located at the following addresses: 817 Chestnut Street (1857-68), 12th and Chestnut (1868-1904), 1218 Chestnut (1904-53), and 16th and Chestnut (1953-present)
Bailey & Co - Philadelphia, PA: ancient advertisement


Baird-North Co - Salem, MA BAIRD-NORTH CO - Salem, MA
active from 1890s

OLD IMAGE OF THE FACTORY
Baker-Manchester Mfg Co - Providence, RI Baker-Manchester Mfg Co - Providence, RI BAKER-MANCHESTER MFG CO - Providence, RI
active from 1914 to 1930s
Baldwin & Co - Newark, NJ BALDWIN & CO - Newark, NJ
Manufacturing jewellers founded by Isaac Baldwin in c.1840. After his death the business was continued by his son Wickliffe Baldwin. Sold to Thomas G. Brown in 1869
Baldwin & Miller Inc - Newark, NJ Baldwin & Miller Inc - Newark, NJ Baldwin & Miller Inc - Newark, NJ BALDWIN & MILLER INC - Newark, NJ
founded by Fred W. Miller Sr and Milton Baldwin in 1920c.
L.G. Balfour Co - Attleboro, MA - not identified
further marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section
L.G. BALFOUR CO - Attleboro, MA
A business established in 1913 by Lloyd Garfield 'Bally' Balfour for the production of quality fraternity and sorority products. In 1922, Balfour set up a new department to manufacture and sell high school class rings and insignia. During World War II the company produced a variety of war-time medals and other products in support of armed services. In June 1961, Balfour was accused by the federal government of monopolizing the sale and distribution of fraternity and sorority jewelry and rings. Balfour ultimately lost its case with the Federal Trade Commission, and its existing insignia contracts were voided in 1968. In the 1970s, Balfour began producing a much wider variety of products for sports champions. When L.G. Balfour died in 1973, the ownership of the company was placed in a trust administered by the Bank of New England. Afterwards the company was purchased by Thomas Wyman (1983), Town & Country Corporation (1988) and CJC Holdings, Inc. (1996), which closed all Attleboro operations and moved to Austin, Texas
Edward Ball Co - New York, NY EDWARD BALL CO - New York, NY
Active in the 1920s
Ball, Black & Company - New York, NY Ball, Black & Company - New York, NY as retailer of Eoff & Sheperd Ball, Black & Company - New York, NY Ball, Black & Company - New York, NY as retailer of Cann & Dunn Ball, Black & Company - New York, NY BALL, BLACK & COMPANY - New York, NY
succeeded to Ball, Tompkins & Black in 1851. The firm retailed solid silver manufactured by William Gale, Nicholas Bogert, John Moore and others. It was succeeded in 1874 by Black, Starr & Frost.

BLACK, STARR & FROST: HISTORY & MARKS


Ball, Tompkins & Black - New York, NY Ball, Tompkins & Black - New York, NY Ball, Tompkins & Black - New York, NY BALL, TOMPKINS & BLACK - New York, NY
Successors to Marquand & Co in 1839. Succeeded in 1851 by Ball, Black & Co
Baltimore Silversmiths Mfg. Co. - Baltimore, MD Heer-Schofield Company - Baltimore, MD BALTIMORE SILVERSMITHS MFG CO - Baltimore, MD
Frank M. Schofield (1873-1947 opened in 1903 Baltimore Silversmiths Mfg. Co in Pleasant Street, Baltimore. In this period he created the well known pattern Baltimore Rose, very close to the Stieff Rose pattern, cut when working as die cutter at Baltimore Sterling Silver Co after silversmith's apprenticeship at Gorham Mfg Co. In 1905 he bought the failing business of long time Baltimore Silversmiths C. Klank & Sons entering in partnership with Henry Heer. The company name changed to Heer-Schofield. Henry Heer became President of the Heer-Schofield Company and most likely supplied the money used to buy Conrad Klank & Son and The Jenkins & Jenkins business in 1915. In 1912 the business was located at 618 Lombard and in 1922 at 308-10 St. Paul St. Hess died in 1927 and in 1928 Frank took over the business again founding the Frank M. Schofield Co.
Baltimore Sterling Silver Co. - Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sterling Silver Co. - Baltimore, MD BALTIMORE STERLING SILVER CO - Baltimore, MD
Founded by Charles C. Stieff in 1892 as the Florence Sterling Silver Co., the name was changed in 1893 to the Sterling Silver Mfg. Co. and again in 1894 to the Baltimore Sterling Silver Co. In 1904 it became The Stieff Co.
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BANCROFT, REDFIELD & RICE
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BARBOUR BROS CO
Barbour Silver Co - Hartford CT Bixby Silver Co - Providence, RI or possibly Barbour Silver Company
further marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section
BARBOUR SILVER CO - Hartford CT
Part of International Silver Co.in 1898. Factory " S " International Silver Company,Successor

Barbour Silver Company adv
Barden Blake & Co - Plainsville, Attleboro (possibly) BARDEN BLAKE & CO - Plainsville, Attleboro (possibly)
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BARKER BROS.SILVER Co. INC.
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section C.E. BARKER MFG CO
Barstow & Williams - Providence, RI N. Barstow & Co - Providence, RI BARSTOW & WILLIAMS
N. BARSTOW & CO - Providence, RI
founded by Nathaniel Barstow c. 1880. In 1888, in partnership with Walter S. Williams, was formed Barstow & Williams manufacturing jewelry, silver ornaments and novelties. In 1904 the firm changed to N. Barstow & Co
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BARTH & CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section E. & J. BASS
E. & J. BASS - New York, NY
further marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section
E. & J. BASS - New York, NY
manufacturers of sterling silver and silverplate ware. Active c. 1890 - c. 1930 with factory at 610-618 Broadway and salesroom at 339 Fifth Avenue, New York. Owners of Empire Art Metal Works
Bates & Klinke, Attleboro, MA BATES & KLINKE - Attleboro, MA
Founded in 1919 by Harold Bates and Oscar F. Klinke. Still active in jewelry business in 1975
Battin & Co - Newark, NY Battin & Co - Newark, NJ Battin & Co - Newark, NJ BATTIN & CO - Newark, NJ
Founded by John D. Battin. Active 1894-c.1927 as manufacturer of sterling silver and gold match boxes, cigarette cases, eyeglass cases, belt buckles and pocket knives
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BEACON SILVER CO
Becht & Hartl, Newark, NJ Becht & Hartl, Newark, NJ BECHT & HARTL INC. - Newark, NJ
Walter Hartl was a partner. Active c. 1935-1950
Kenneth Begay - Scottsdale, AZ Harvey Begay - Scottsdale, AZ KENNETH BEGAY - Scottsdale, AZ
HARVEY BEGAY - Scottsdale, AZ
Navajo silversmith (1913-1977) working at the White Hogan Shop 1948-1962. He has been dubbed "The Father of modern Navajo jewelry". He was able to pass on his knowledge of jewelry making to his son, Harvey Begay, who became a well-known jeweler in his own right.
Sid Bell, Tully NY SID BELL - Tully, NY
Sid Bell, working as a Geologist for the Bureau of Mines in Alaska in 1960 formed a hobby to fill the long winter arctic evenings. His creations began using fundamental techniques but as he learned the metal properties, the authenticity of details were worked into the final artistic form. In 2008 , Jeff Karner, from Bucks County PA, who had been a long time customer of Sid Bell Originals, purchased all of the authentic Sid Bell designs, masters and molds, and all of the rights of both Sid Bell Originals & Pilgrim Pewter. The company continues to cast the original designs from Sid Bell and they are made in the same way that Sid made them for production.
Bell Trading Post - Albuquerque, NM: 1932-1961 mark Bell Trading Post - Albuquerque, NM: 1961-1972 mark Bell Trading Post - Albuquerque, NM: 1972-1980s mark BELL TRADING POST - Albuquerque, NM
founded in 1932 by Jack Michelson and his wife to produce and sell Native American jewelry to travelers passing through Albuquerque New Mexico along the newly established highway "Route 66". During these early years Bell Trading Post marked their jewelry with an image of a bell but the mark was registered only in 1962. After the death of Jack Michelson (1957) Bell Trading Post was managed by his sons Jack and Douglas until 1969 when, needing to expand their production, entered in partnership with Sunbell
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BELL MARK
W. Bell & Co - Rockville, MD W. Bell & Co - Rockville, MD W.BELL & COMPANY - Rockville, MD
Founded by Walter Bell in 1950 operating as catalog source for high quality items. From 1971 retails under its name sterling silver, silverplate and pewter made by several outstanding firms (Warwick: sterling silver - Somerset: silverplate holloware). Out of business for bankruptcy in c. 1990
John O. Bellis, San Francisco CA JOHN O. BELLIS - San Francisco, CA
Active from 1906, died 1943. His work is characterized by 'hammered' surfaces
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BELMONT PLATE CO
Benedict & Scuddler sterling silver mark A.C. Benedict sterling silver mark ANDREW CONSTOCK BENEDICT - New York, NY
Active 1828-1888. A.C. Benedict was in partnership with Egbert Scuddler (1828-1836) and Lewis S. Benedict (A.C. Benedict & Co, 1848-1888). After his death (1888) the firm continued the business until 1931
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BENEDICT MFG CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BENEDICT-PROCTOR MFG CO
Benziger Brothers - New York, NY Benziger Brothers - New York, NY Benziger Brothers - New York, NY BENZIGER BROTHERS - New York, NY
Benziger Brothers is a Swiss company specialized in the manufacture of mass-produced goods for material needs of Catholic churches and parishioners in Europe and the United States. The US branch was established in New York in 1853 and became formally independent in 1893. They began on their own manufacture of Church goods at Fulton Street, New York in 1864, moving to 43 and 45 Dey Street (1871) and, in 1894, to the new factory, De Kalb Avenue and Rockwell Place, Brooklyn. From 1873 the firm produced illustrated catalogues of its Church ornaments
Peter L. Berg silver mark PETER L. BERG - Chicago, IL
active c. 1909-c.1925. P.L. Berg was the shopmaster of Kalo Shop.
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BERNDORF METAL WORKS



AMERICAN SILVER PLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER - ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF MAKERS
AMERICAN SILVERPLATE MARKS
Aa / Al      Am / Az      Ba / Bh      Bi / Bz      C      D      E      F      G      H      I      J      K      L      Ma / Mh      Mi / Mz      N      O      P      Q      Ra / Rn      Ro / Rz      Sa / Sl      Sm / Sz      T      U      V      Wa / Wd      We / Wz      X      Y      Z     

HOW TO READ, DECRYPT AND IDENTIFY THE MARKS
ON AMERICAN SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER


SILVER MANUFACTURERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Peter Charles Faberge mark    Gorham Athenic hallmark    International Silver Company mark    Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951    Kirk & Son mark    Meriden Britannia Company mark    Reed & Barton mark    Rogers Bros mark    Tiffany hallmarks    Towle Silversmiths mark    Wallace Silversmiths mark    Wiener Werkstatte monogram    WMF hallmarks   
Fabergé    Gorham    International Silver Co    Georg Jensen    Kirk Stieff    Meriden Britannia    Reed & Barton    Rogers    Tiffany & Co    Towle    Wallace    Wiener Werkstatte    WMF   


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