I was recently researching a silver plated spoon I had…I wasn’t familiar with the pattern and I wasn’t familiar with the name on the backstamp “Durham Silver P. Co.”
The pattern on my spoon is a lovely aesthetic design which you can see above in the first photo above….however, I have not been able to identify it. I did find a knife marked “Durham Silver Plate Co.” so I know that is the full name associated with my “Durham Silver P. Co.” mark. I have found one other pattern manufactured with this backstamp…and that is a variation of the “Lily” pattern…a variation with a bird.
The “Lily” pattern of which I speak is the 1871 pattern designed by Joseph Fradley, shown above and described below:
Mr. Fradley does not include a bird in his design and I could not find a related patent that included a bird.
There are over a dozen different manufactures who made Fradley’s 1871 “Lily” pattern over the years, and some of those renderings varied slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Following is a comparison of just a few:
But Durham Silver Plate Co. is the only manufacturer that I could find that included a bird within their design. It is my understanding that they made this pattern without the bird as well.
At one point my research into silver on steel (which I have seen made with the Durham mark) made me think that perhaps this was produced by Wallace, for he was well-known for his careful work with a steel based product. However, the only other reference to “Durham” that I have found with regard to flatware manufacturing is that from an Holmes & Edwards ad as well as a list of metal content in “Iron Age” that both refer to “Durham Silver Metal”.
So…the question still remains…who is Durham Silver Plate Co. and what is the pattern of my spoon. Anyone have any suggestions?
My Durham Silver Plate Co. spoon is currently for sale at my Etsy shop here:
I also have six dinner forks available in this pattern by Durham Silver Plate here:
And four teaspoons available here: