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:
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AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
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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.     
Bigelow, Kennard & Company Inc. - Boston, MA Bigelow, Kennard & Company Inc. - Boston, MA Bigelow, Kennard & Company Inc. - Boston, MA Bigelow Brothers & Kennard - Boston, MA BIGELOW, KENNARD & COMPANY INC - Boston, MA
Business began in 1830 by John Bigelow joined by his brother Alanson and the name was changed in John Bigelow & Company and later in Bigelow, Kennard & Company. Out of business in 1922


Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BIGGINS - RODGERS CO
Binder Bros Inc. sterling silver mark BINDER BROS. INC. - New York, NY
Before WWI Binder was the agent of the firm
Ernst Gideon Beck of Pforzheim (Germany). In 1919 Binder Brothers Incorporated purchased by the alien custodians the whole stock of jewelry, watchbands, sterling novelties owned by Beck in the US.
Bingham & Walk BINGHAM & WALK
possibly a mark of Dominick & Haff
Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 1960 mark Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 1942 mark Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 1940 mark Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 1949 mark Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada


further marks and information in
AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section
HENRY BIRKS & SONS - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Established by Henry Birks in 1879. The firm became Henry Birks & Sons in 1893. Incorporated as Henry Birks & Sons Ltd in 1905. The firm used the trade mark "Garb of wheat".
In 1925 Birks received permission from the London assay office to mark their sterling silver with a date letter that corresponded to the London assay office date letter. From this time most of their hollowware was marked with Birks Sterling (no serifs) and a set of pseudo hallmarks that included a sheaf of wheat (Trademarked by Birks), a lion passant, and a date letter that corresponded to the London date letter for the year of production.
Henry Birks & Sons - Montreal, Quebec, Canada: date letter table
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BIRMINGHAM SILVER CO INC
R.Blackinton & Co. - North Attleboro, MA R.Blackinton & Co. - North Attleboro, MA R.Blackinton & Co. - North Attleboro, MA R. BLACKINTON & CO - North Attleboro, MA
Founded in 1862 by Walter Balou, Thomas S. Mann and Roswell Blackinton. Sold in 1967 to Wells Inc. Managed and owned for many years by members of Ballou and Blackington families. Manufacturer of sterling silver and gold novelties. In the 1930s the company was in some way linked to
H.R. Morss & Co., Inc. operating at the same address, 244 Broad, Attleboro, and with the same management.
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section W&S BLACKINTON CO
Black, Starr & Frost Ltd. - New York Black, Starr & Frost Ltd. - New York Black, Starr & Frost Ltd. - New York Black, Starr & Frost Ltd. - New York Black, Starr & Frost Ltd. - New York BLACK, STARR & FROST - New York
Its origin is in Marquand & Paulding, active 1801 in Savannah, GA

BLACK, STARR & FROST: HISTORY & MARKS


James E.Blake Co - Attleboro, MA James E.Blake Co - Attleboro, MA James E.Blake Co - Attleboro, MA
further marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section
JAMES E. BLAKE CO - Attleboro, MA
founded in 1881 as Blake & Caflin. Incorporated in 1898 as James E. Blake Co. Out of business in the late 1930s. The firm used the trademark STERLINE on silverplate wares
Porter Blanchard - Burbank and Calabasas, CA Porter Blanchard - Burbank and Calabasas, CA Porter Blanchard - Burbank and Calabasas, CA Porter Blanchard - Burbank and Calabasas, CA Porter Blanchard - Burbank and Calabasas, CA Porter Blanchard - Burbank and Calabasas, CA George & Porter Blanchard - Gardiner, MA Richard Blanchard - Gardner, MA and Pacoima, CA PORTER BLANCHARD - Gardner, MA and Burbank, Pacoima and Calabasas, CA
Porter George Blanchard (1886-1973) was the son of Boston Silversmiith George Porter Blanchard. He worked in Boston with his father and his brother Richard from 1909 to 1923. He moved to California for his health in 1923 settling in Burbank where was joined in 1925 by his father George Porter and his brother Richard. In 1933 he opened a shop at 6605 Sunset Boulevard, to cater to a movie clientele becoming the silversmith of the stars. The Porter Blanchard Shop remained in business until 1993.
The B09 was the mark of the partnership with his father (1909-1915). This mark was used also by his brother Richard.
Richard Blanchard, who worked for Porter Blanchard Shop until 1930, was active until 1958 using a mark with his name
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section E.A. BLISS CO
J.C. Boardman & Co - S. Willingford, CT J.C. Boardman & Co - S. Willingford, CT J.C. Boardman & Co - S. Willingford, CT J.C. BOARDMAN & CO
S. Willingford, CT
founded in 1949 as the Crest Silver Plate Co. The name was changed to J.C. Boardman & Co in 1953. The firm bought in 1985
F.B. Rogers Co and the Manchester Silver Co. when the company was sold to the founder's son, Burton Boardman. The company moved to Meriden, CT, in 1992 and renamed Boardman Silversmiths.
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section LUTHER BOARDMAN & SON
Z.Bostwick - New York, NY Z. BOSTWICK - New York, NY
Zalmon Bostwick was active in the 1850s
Boyden-Minuth Co - Chicago, IL F.S. Boyden & Co - Chicago, IL BOYDEN - MINUTH CO - Chicago, IL
Founded c. 1897 by Frank S. Boyden as F.S. Boyden & Co. In 1918 Fred C. Minuth entered as a partner and the firm was renamed Boyden-Minuth Co. Active until the 1970s
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BRAINARD & WILSON
W.J. BRAITSCH & Co - Providence, RI sterling silver mark
further marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section
W.J. BRAITSCH & CO - Providence, RI
Active c.1895/c.1920. Manufacturer of sterling dresserware. In 1898 they introduced a new type of 14k gold plating using a process somewhat related to "Old Sheffield Plate"
Brand-Chatillon Co - New York, NY sterling silver mark BRAND-CHATILLON CO - New York, NY
Active 1916/1952 as silversmith and jeweler retailer. Founded by George A. Brand and Alf J. Chatillon and sold to
William Wise & Son in 1925.
Breadner Co Ltd - Hull, Quebec, Canada Breadner Co Ltd - Hull, Quebec, Canada Breadner Co Ltd - Hull, Quebec, Canada BREADNER CO LTD - Hull, Quebec, Canada
Originated in 1903 as Breadner Manufacturing Co was transformed in Breadner Co Ltd in 1930.
J.H. Breakell & Co - Newport, RI sterling silver mark J.H. BREAKELL & CO - Newport, RI
Active from 1972. Manufacturer of jewelry in 14k gold and sterling silver (pendants, bracelets, earrings, snowflakes, charms, necklaces)
Edward H. Breese sterling silver mark Edward H. Breese sterling silver mark EDWARD H. BREESE - Arlington Heights and Chicago, IL
Active 1920-1940. Manufacturer of antique jewelry reproductions and Arts and Craft holloware
Chas Brewer - NYC/Middletown, CT CHAS BREWER - NYC/Middletown, CT
Active 1829-33/1860
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BRISTOL PLATE CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BRISTOL BRASS & CLOCK CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BRAY & MANVEL
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BRITANNIA METAL CO
Thomas F. Brogan - New York THOMAS F. BROGAN - New York, NY
active c. 1896-1930
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BROOKLYN SILVER CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BROOKLYN SILVER PLATE CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BROWN & BROS
Thomas G. Brown & Son - New York Mark used by Thomas G. Brown - New York on goods made for Gorham Mfg Co THOMAS G. BROWN & SONS
Newark, NJ and New York, NY
active 1881-c.1915. The sons were Thomas B. and William A. Brown. Succeeded to Thomas G. Brown (1869-1881) but the business started in Newark in c.1801/1802. Followed Hinsdale & Taylor (1807-1817), Taylor, Bailey & Company (1817-1841) and Baldwin & Company (c.1840-1869). Baldwin & Company was bought by Thomas G. Brown in 1869.The mark with the "anchor" was used on goods made for Gorham Mfg Co
Browne, Spaulsing & Co - New York Browne, Spaulsing & Co - New York Browne, Spaulsing & Co - New York BROWNE, SPAULDING & CO - New York, NY
active c. 1871
Marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section BUCK SILVER COMPANY
H.P. Buckley - New Orleans, LO H.P. BUCKLEY - New Orleans, LO
Henry Peat Buckley was born in Coventry, England, 1822. He learned watchmaking in England and immigrated to the United States about 1840. He was employed in New Orleans by the firm of Nelson A. Young, at 8 Camp Street. Nelson A. Young had been a partner of Edwin Whittemore in 1840, following the dissolution of Whittemore & Blair. After Young's death the business was managed by Young's widow until Buckley was taken in as a partner. About 1850, the firm title was changed to Young & Co., and eventually Buckley bought out the Young interest and operated the business under his own name. The firm of H. P. Buckley continued in the same location until Buckley's death in 1903.
C.A. Burr & Co. - Rochester, NY C.A. Burr - Rochester, NY C.A. Burr - Rochester, NY acting as retailer of James P. Steele - Rochester, NY


further marks and information in AMERICAN SILVERPLATE section
C.A. BURR & CO - Rochester, NY
Cornelius A. Burr, Silversmith and jeweler active 1838-1863. Entered in partnership with John T. Fox in C.A. Burr & Co. (1857-1863). The business was sold to Sunderlin & Weaver.
Robert A. Butler - Miami, FL ROBERT A. BUTLER - New York and Miami, FL
a contemporary American silversmith, earned his English Hallmark in 1976. Over the course of his 40 year career as an artist and silversmith, Butler has earned numerous distinctions and his artwork is displayed in museums around the world



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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