SMILY FAMILY
WILLIAM SMILY - WILLIAM ROBERT SMILY
SAMUEL SMILY - THOMAS SMILY
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William Smily (born in 1792) was apprenticed in 1809 to Joseph Preston, spoon and fork maker.
In 1815, following the death of Joseph Preston, he was turned over to Thomas Wallis II to complete his apprenticeship. However he did not took up his freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company until 1830 (freedom by Service at the address Gee Street, Goswell Street).
It is likely that, at that time, he had commenced to work in the factory of A.B. Savory & Sons at 15 Gee Street.
His son William Robert Smily was apprenticed to him in Gee Street in 1833, obtaining his freedom in 1840.
In 1840 William Smily is recorded as residing and working at 5 Finsbury Place South, the address of another of Savory's factories where also the other two sons were apprenticed to their father (Samuel Smily I in 1840 and Thomas Smily in 1841).
William Smily entered his own marks at Goldsmiths' Hall only in 1855 and 1856 when he became works manager for A.B. Savory & Sons. His marks (SS into a rectangle) were used on silverware manufactured for the firm (from c. 1860 often accompanied by the stamp "A.B. Savory & Sons").
In April 1865 William Smily moved to 18 Red Lion Street (the address of A.B. Savory & Sons factory) were he died on 9 September of the same year.
His eldest son, William Robert Smily, after apprenticeship to his father (1833) and freedom by Service (1840) established in 1842 his own business as W.R. Smily (spoon maker) at 7 Seaward Street, Goswell Street. In c. 1844 he moved to 9 Camomile Street, were he traded as manufacturing silversmith. In 1852 W.R. Smily moved to 65 Crown Street, Finsbury Square in the premises previously occupied by Charles Lias (1837-1847) and Judah Hart (1847-1852).
William Robert Smily died in 1858 (aged 34). The business was continued by his brother Thomas Smily maintaining the trade name of W.R. Smily.
Thomas Smily, the younger son of William Smily, was born in 1827. After the apprenticeship to his father (1841) and freedom by Service (1848) he, presumably, continued to work with his father for A.B. Savory & Sons.
He entered his own mark in the Goldsmiths' Hall only in 1858, when he was called to manage the business at the death of his brother William Robert Smily. The firm maintained the name of W.R. Smily until 1883, when the business was acquired by Edwin Charles Purdie. Thomas Smily emigrated to Canada, where he died in 1918.
Samuel Smily (born 1825), the other son of William Smily, after apprenticeship to his father (1840) and freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company (1847) presumably continued to work with his father for A.B. Savory & Sons. After the death of William Smily (1865), Samuel Smily registered his own mark at the Goldsmith' Hall (SS into a chamfered rectangle) and took over his father's position of works manager of A.B. Savory & Sons. In 1866 A.B. Savory & Sons was converted into a limited liability company and changed the name to Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd. From this date the hallmark 'SS' was often accompanied by the stamp "Goldsmiths Alliance Limited". Samuel Smily retired from Goldsmiths Alliance Ltd in 1880 and died in 1882.
Other members of Smily's family obtained their freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company but didn't enter their own mark in the Goldsmiths' Hall. They were:
William Robert Smily II (born 1845) and his brother Alfred Smily (sons of William Robert Smily). They obtained their freedom by Patrimony in 1869 and 1871;
Samuel Smily II (born 1860), son of Samuel Smily. He obtained his freedom by Service in 1882.



STERLING SILVER HALLMARKS
William Smily, London 1860,  mark entered 28 January 1856 William Smily, London 1860, mark entered 28 January 1856
William Smily, London 1865,  mark entered 28 January 1856 William Smily, London 1865, mark entered 28 January 1856
The hallmark is accompanied by the stamp A.B. Savory & Sons, London
note the presence of the 'journeyman mark'


William Robert Smily, London 1842,  mark entered 3 March 1842 William Robert Smily, London 1842, mark entered 3 March 1842
William Robert Smily, London 1845,  mark entered 31 July 1844 William Robert Smily, London 1845, mark entered 31 July 1844
William Robert Smily, London 1854,  mark entered 23 November 1852 William Robert Smily, London 1854, mark entered 23 November 1852
William Robert Smily, London 1854,  mark entered 23 November 1852 William Robert Smily, London 1854, mark entered 23 November 1852


Thomas Smily, London 1858,  mark entered 10 July 1858 Thomas Smily, London 1858, mark entered 10 July 1858
Thomas Smily, London 1866,  mark entered 30 October 1866 Thomas Smily, London 1866, mark entered 30 October 1866
Thomas Smily, London 1872,  mark entered 26 April 1870 Thomas Smily, London 1872, mark entered 26 April 1870
Thomas Smily, London 1876,  mark entered 26 April 1870 Thomas Smily, London 1876, mark entered 26 April 1870


Samuel  Smily, London 1867,  mark entered 17 October 1865 Samuel Smily, London 1867, mark entered 17 October 1865
accompanied by the stamp of Goldsmiths Alliance Limited
(successors of A.B. Savory & Sons)
Samuel  Smily, London 1869,  mark entered 17 October 1865 Samuel Smily, London 1869, mark entered 17 October 1865


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