Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ames, Mead & Smee – The Beginnings of Silverplate in Hartford

Here begins a series of articles on early silver plate production in Hartford, Connecticut. (This blog is a way for me to keep my notes organized) First we must travel a little north to the “Ames Mfg. Co.” at “Cabotville” or “Chicopee” … Continue reading

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Freedley 1856 Silver Plated Wares

This blog is basically part of a section of one book written in 1856 by Edwin T. Freedley. Referenced in an earlier post entitled “The Search for Spoonville”, I also plan on using this book as a resource for future posts, including the next, which continues with my research on Hartford, … Continue reading

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J. B. Williams: From Soap to Silver

The back of the little silver plated demitasse spoon was marked “WB 1900”.  That mark was unfamiliar to me and, of course, my research began.  I determined that “WB” stood for Williams Brothers Manufacturing Co.  (UPDATE: This is incorrect. “WB … Continue reading

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Wethersfield Avenue

In a prior post, “Footsteps on the Stairs” I discussed some of my experiences working in a Victorian house (thought by some, including me, to be haunted) in the Asylum Hill area of Hartford, Connecticut. I worked in another building that was even older … Continue reading

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Three Years: My Experience at Etsy

My Etsy shop opened three years ago today  A year ago, to mark my second anniversary, I composed the following post to sum up those first two years: While there have been some changes at Etsy over the … Continue reading

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