A while back I was searching an unknown pattern on some UK sites. The flatware had the familiar British registration “kite” mark and that’s what brought me to search the UK sites. I did discover my pattern name was “Japanese” and I wrote about it in my “Brown and Brothers” post. But while I was searching through those British sites, I saw some familiar aesthetic patterns. Patterns that were known to be American. What were they doing with English backstamps? I made notes and saved illustrations to be revisited another day. And today is that day.
Let’s start with the “Brunswick” pattern because it was one of the early patterns manufactured by American companies, perhaps with its roots in England. The first cut below is from an 1855 catalogue from Joseph H. Adams of New York printed in Spanish. The Sargent & Co. 1874 illustration shows Luther Boardman’s variation. John Round, an English manufacturer, was offering “Brunswick” and “New Brunswick” (next illustration in this post) about the turn of the century. And at the bottom the of the grouping below, the “Brunswick” name was still being used as late as 1910 for an iron spoon.
Below is another version of the “Brunswick” pattern and an illustration of the “Jewel” pattern from a “John Round & Son” catalogue. I’m not aware of an American patent for ‘Jewel”, however the “Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co” mark can be found on this design. This company did business in Canada and in the 1860s claimed to make products of “Heavy Plated Argentine”. “Argentine” is a name for nickel silver found in flatware catalogues from Great Britain. There is a “Patent Argentine Plate” catalogue from 1873 and John Round used the same wording in their advertisements from 1870’s.
The “Laurel” pattern was patented by Henry W. Hirschfeld in 1878 for Meriden Britannia. It seems to be the most common American pattern found in English catalogues like “Silber & Fleming” or “Buck & Moseley”. Toronto based company “Rice Lewis & Son” offers “Laurel” on their page of “Nevada Silver Spoons and Forks”. In the next group of illustrations the “Hobbs Hardware” page notes that the spoons are made of an “Argentine Silver Base”. Hobbs was located in London, Canada with a branch office in Birmingham, England. The “Hardware” illustration is from an 1892 ad for the “Toronto Silver Plate Co.”. The “Laurel” pattern can be found with British hallmarks like “Nevada D&A” (Daniel & Arter), “Roumanian Silver” and “Eureka Silver”. “”products are seen sold by “Wm Duff & Co.” in an 1886 publication.
The “Eastlake” pattern has an American patent for 1879 though not assigned to any company; the designers George Gill and Edwin Brittin were part of the Bridgeport Silver Co. George Gill was from England. This pattern is also known as “Lyonnaise”. In my search, I came across a spoon marked “BB” with symbols, possibly for “Barker Brothers”. Canadian catalogues offering this pattern include: “Risley & Kerrigan” and “Hobbs Hardware”.
Note below “Eastlake” also made of “Argentine Silver”. The illustration to the right is from an 1892 ad for Toronto Silver Plate Co.
The “Newport” pattern was patented in 1879 by Henry Hirschfeld and assigned to Rogers & Bro. You can find the “Newport” pattern in England marked “Brazilian Silver D&A” (Daniel & Arter). Was there some connection between “Meriden Britannia” and “Daniel & Arter”? “Daniel & Arter” were issued a Canadian trade mark on November 22 1893. Looks like more research – ohhh !!!
On the “Wellington” pattern “Daniel & Arter” marks can also be found. “ELECTRIC NEVADA” is an interesting example. This pattern was patented in the United States in 1886 by Charles Casper, but not assigned to any company. I believe he started the “Meriden Silver Plate Co.”, one of a few companies to mark this pattern. Crown Silver possibly of Toronto was another. Meriden Silver also had facilities in Toronto in the 1880s.
“Albany” has been a popular pattern in England and I believe is being produced today. It was also made by American companies including “International Silver” and “Wallace”. Below it is offered in solid silver in the 1899 “Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. catalogue.
Now we are back to where we started with a page from a “John Round & Son” catalogue, featuring “Albany” & “Brunswick”. The “Albany” pattern is also in the 1898 “Rice Lewis & Son” catalogue without a pattern name, just a number and made by “Thomas Turner & Co.”
Even though I have had English flatware in my Etsy shop this is all new to me. I’m looking for all the help I can get. I would like to do more posts on silver plate patterns from England, however have been unable to find very many books or catalogs on the subject.