Holmes, Booth & Haydens 1868 “Roman” Pattern

I have a dinner knife marked “Holmes Booth & Haydens A1”. Research tells me that it is in the “Roman” pattern. Research also tells me that this pattern dates to the mid 1880s.

Holmes, Booth & Haydens "Roman" Pattern

Holmes, Booth & Haydens “Roman” Pattern

Being familiar with earlier Holmes Booth & Haydens patterns…beautiful, intricate, detailed patterns…I was puzzled. How could a this classic, heavy, Gothic like pattern have come after those other patterns?  I found it hard to believe this “Roman” pattern came after “India”, “Corinth”, “Japanese” and “Corona”.

Holmes, Booth & Haydens Factory, Waterbury, Connecticut

Holmes, Booth & Haydens Factory, Waterbury, Connecticut

Israel Holmes, John C. Booth and three Hayden brothers, James Albert, Henry Hubbert and Hiram Washington, were participants in the Holmes, Booth & Haydens Company located in Waterbury, Connecticut.  (“Haydens” plural for the three brothers) The company formed in 1853.

Early Design Patent 1867

Early Design Patent 1867

Following is the “Japanese” pattern designed by Hiram Hayden.

1879 "Japanese" Pattern

1879 “Japanese” Pattern

The next is the 1881 “India” pattern designed by Hiram Hayden; actually named “India” within the patent application.

1881 "India" Pattern

1881 “India” Pattern

Trade card featuring both “India” and “Japanese” patterns:

Trade Card Featuring Both Japanese and India Patterns

Trade Card Featuring Both Japanese and India Patterns

I’m not sure of the name of this next 1881 pattern, but Hiram describes it as depicting “the rays of the sun and images of the rose”.  I’m not sure if this was ever produced, but this image is a photographic image.

1881 Hiram Hayden Patent "Sun and Roses"

1881 Hiram Hayden Patent “Sun and Roses”

UPDATE 12/21/17:  I had previously stated that I didn’t know if the pattern shown above had actually been produced. Obviously, since the patent application included photograph images of both the front and back of the flatware ( fork and spoon ) a limited amount had been made. But had it been made for actual sale, that I didn’t know. Now, however, I do. The answer is yes.


The Hiram Hayden patent follows.


You will see in the specifications that the name for this design is “Bismark”.


The problem, however, is that the serving spoon that I have in this Bismark pattern is not that of Holmes, Booth and Haydens; it is marked ” Rogers S. P. Co. A1 – 12 “.  This is not a Rogers mark that is familiar to me and research needs to be done regarding it.  I will provide another update if I do find info.

UPDATE: I have researched that Rogers S P.Co. mark and have found various options as to that company outlined as follows:


The 1884 “Palace” and “Corinth” of Hiram’s are variations of each other with “Corinth” having floral embellishment.

1884 "Palace" and "Corinth" Patterns

1884 “Palace” and “Corinth” Patterns

So, this brings us back to the “Roman” pattern.  How could this pattern possibly have been issued after the patterns shown above?  Well, it wasn’t.

Two variations of the “Roman” pattern were issued in December of 1868 within two weeks of each other.  The first was issued December 15, 1868:

Patent #3292 Issued December 15, 1868

Patent #3292 Issued December 15, 1868

And the second variation, issued December 29, 1868:

"Roman" Patent # 3300

“Roman” Patent # 3300

So all you people out there with the Holmes, Booth & Haydens “Roman” pattern…it’s older than you might think!

I have a dinner knife in this pattern available at my Etsy shop here:

1868 "Roman" Pattern Dinner Knife

1868 “Roman” Pattern Dinner Knife


And I have an extremely rare julep strainer as well in this pattern:

Holmes, Booth  Haydens "Roman" Pattern Julep Strainer

Holmes, Booth Haydens “Roman” Pattern Julep Strainer


For more information on Holmes, Booth & Haydens, a great site is: http://www.thelampworks.com/lw_companies_hb&h.htm

Thanks for your interest!

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11 Responses to Holmes, Booth & Haydens 1868 “Roman” Pattern

  1. Tom Forsell says:

    I truely enjoy your website. I have collected silverplated flatware for many years. Started collecting aesthetic flatware about 5 years ago. I enjoy researching pieces as well.


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  3. The most difficult to find is Holmes & Edwards 1910 WASHINGTON. If anyone knows where this might be available, let me know here. I have found quite compatible spoons and salad forks, and a few serving pieces; these seem to be the most difficult to find.

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  5. ernie berardi says:

    My Grandmother gave me a beautiful, Holmes Booth & Haydens, perfectly plain, large punch ladle. Is it silver plated?

    • queenofsienna says:

      If there is an “A1” after “Holmes, Booth & Haydens” then it is silver plated. I believe they also manufactured German silver and nickel silver items. I’m not aware that they ever manufactured in sterling. They are one of my favorite manufacturers…quality workmanship.

  6. Maureen says:

    Hi! I’ve been researching the 1867 pattern, but have not found much on it. This page is helpful! How many years did HBH usually produce a pattern? I’m interested because of someone who worked there during the period. Thanks!

  7. I’m a reporter with the Republican-American in Waterbury, CT, home of the former HBH. I’m doing a story on the Venerable Michael McGivney, who is a candidate for sainthood. When he was 13 years old, McGivney worked at HBH, making spoons. I would like permission to use some of the images of the HBH products that you have here. Tracey O’Shaughnessy Tosh@rep-am.com

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