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.
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”.
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.
Following is the “Japanese” pattern designed by Hiram Hayden.
The next is the 1881 “India” pattern designed by Hiram Hayden; actually named “India” within the patent application.
Trade card featuring both “India” and “Japanese” 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.
The 1884 “Palace” and “Corinth” of Hiram’s are variations of each other with “Corinth” having floral embellishment.
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:
And the second variation, issued December 29, 1868:
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:
And I have an extremely rare julep strainer as well in this pattern:
For more information on Holmes, Booth & Haydens, a great site is: http://www.thelampworks.com/lw_companies_hb&h.htm
Thanks for your interest!