Samuel Simpson and Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.

Another interesting character in the silver plate saga is Samuel Simpson. To begin this post let’s start with a reference to an earlier post on Cowles and “Spoonville” and a page from the 1888 book edited by L. P. Brockett called “Our Country’s Wealth and Influence”.  This publication suggests that Mr. Simpson was one of the pioneers in the silver plating industry. He was most certainly involved in the production of flatware for many years. From a small selection of publications, some of his story will be presented in this post.

Our Country's Wealth & Influence 1882 pg297

Our Country’s Wealth & Influence 1882 pg297

Next is from “New England Manufacturers & Manufacturies” by J.D. Van Slyck Vol II 1879:

New England Manufacturers 1879 pg. 554

New England Manufacturers 1879 pg. 554

New England Manufacturers 1879 pg. 555

New England Manufacturers 1879 pg. 555

New England Manufacturers 1879 pg. 556

New England Manufacturers 1879 pg. 556

New England Manufacturers 1879  pg. 557

New England Manufacturers 1879 pg. 557

In the article above it mentions Charles Yale becoming a stockholder in Simpson, Hall, Miller.  I have silverplated bar spoons for sale at my Etsy shop marked “Yale Silver Co.” and the following is part of my listing description:

“From my limited research I am speculating that the Yale Silver Company is a brand of or made by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company. Early in the 19th Century Hiram Yale had a business that Samuel Simpson apprenticed at for 15 years. Charles D. Yale was part owner and treasurer of Simpson Hall Miller & Co. His sons are listed in Berly’s Universal Electrical Directory of 1884, C. B. and G. S. Yale are listed as electroplaters at 36 E. 14th Street, New York. G. Selden Yale and his brother Charles B. Yale took position with Simpson Hall Miller in 1869 and remained employed there for 16 years. Selden was the manager of Simpson Hall Miller’s New York Office which just happened to be 36 E. 14th Street. Another coincidental tidbit of information is that both Simpson Hall Miller and Yale used a circular mark and the term quadruple plate on their holloware.”

Yale Silver Co. Twisted Handle Bar Spoons

Yale Silver Co. Twisted Handle Bar Spoons

These bar spoons can be found here:   https://www.etsy.com/listing/155467844/yale-silver-co-silver-plated-twist

Below is from “Origin, Growth, and Usefulness of the Chicago Board of Trade” 1885:

Chicago Board of Trade 1885

Chicago Board of Trade 1885

The reference to “William Rogers” in the above article is, to me at least, a little misleading.  It states that Simpson, Hall, Miller have sole control of “the only genuine William Rogers’ knives, forks, spoons, etc., that are made – all others are imitations.”  I guess the key word in this sentence is “are”.  When this article was written, in 1885, William Hazen Rogers was dead.  And William Hazen Rogers was the father of the “William Rogers” referred to within this article.  So, technically, that statement is correct.  However, it muddies the waters when it comes to the difference between Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co. (father) and the Eagle Rogers brand (son) used by Simpson, Hall, Miller.  I’m sure there are many people who see that Eagle Wm. Rogers Star mark and think it is of the William Hazen Rogers company…the man who was one of the original Rogers Brothers and one of the founding fathers of silverplate.  William Hazen Rogers used the anchor and star symbol as one of his marks.  The eagle star symbol could easily be mistaken or confused with the anchor star. 

William Henry Rogers and Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. have been discussed in two other of my posts. The top section of the follow illustrations is from my post “Roger Brothers of Hartford” and the lower from “The Second Generation or The Last of the Rogers in Hartford”:

Simpson Hall Miller & Rogers

Simpson Hall Miller & Rogers from earlier posts

The following was taken from “Leading Business Men of New Haven County” 1887:

Leading Business Men of New Haven County 1887

Leading Business Men of New Haven County 1887

Here is how the factory complex appeared in 1879:

Simpson Hall & Miller Works 1879

Simpson Hall Miller & Co. Works 1879

Two advertisements from 1878 & 1879:

1878 & 1879

1878 & 1879

Next is from the 1889 “Brochure of Owl’s Head Mountain House, Lake Memphremagog”:

1889 Brochure of Owl's Head Mountain House

1889 Brochure of Owl’s Head Mountain House

Below is from 1890 and the “Pen and Sunlight Sketches of Scenery Reached by the Grand Trunk Railway”:

1890 Pen and Sunlight Sketches

1890 Pen and Sunlight Sketches

Note Montreal, Canada in the above.

From “The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review” v. 23 Oct 7 1891 (this booklet would be interesting to find):

The Jewelers' Circular 1891

The Jewelers’ Circular 1891

Also from Jewelers’ Circular, Oct. 28, 1891:

1891 The Jewelers' Circular

1891 The Jewelers’ Circular

And again from “The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review” v. 23 Aug. – Oct. 1891:

1891 The Jewelers' Circular

1891 The Jewelers’ Circular

Detail of the patterns.

Patterns 1891 The Jewelers' Circular

Patterns 1891 The Jewelers’ Circular

Interestingly, the San Diego design shown above was patented by William Henry Rogers (son of William Hazen).  I have a very unusual grouping of oyster forks for sale at my Etsy shop that have the Eagle Rogers mark, somewhat similar to this San Diego design, and the design of these forks is that of an anchor.  I have not been able to identify the patent designer. Did the son create this design in honor of his father?

Eagle Brand Oyster Forks with Fouled Anchor Design

Eagle Brand Oyster Forks with Fouled Anchor Design

 From the 1893 “The Official Directory of the World’s Columbian Exposition” showing back stamps:

The Official Directory of the World's Columbian Exposition

The Official Directory of the World’s Columbian Exposition

1899 advertisement showing more patterns:

1899 Advertisement

1899 Advertisement

And finally from the 1910 Fort Dearborn Watch & Clock Co. Catalog illustrating more patterns:

1910 Fort Dearborn Watch&Clock Co.

1910 Fort Dearborn Watch&Clock Co.

From the advertisements shown previously plus some other Simpson, Hall, Miller patterns with which I am familiar, I’ve assembled the following:

Simpson Hall Miller Patterns Anchor - Magnolia

Simpson Hall Miller Patterns Anchor – Magnolia

The last pattern in the following grouping was assigned to Simpson, Hall, Miller but I’m unable to identify it (if, in fact, it was actually produced):

Simpson Hall Miller Patterns Medallion - York

Simpson Hall Miller Patterns Medallion – York

I have some Simpson, Hall, Miller and Eagle Rogers items available at my Etsy shop.  One listing is for these marvelous “Egyptian” pattern nut picks:

"Egyptian" Pattern Nut Picks

“Egyptian” Pattern Nut Picks

These nut picks can be found here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/164088776/four-simpson-hall-miller-silver-plated

And another is this diminutive berry fork in the lovely “Harvard” pattern:

1897 "Harvard" Pattern

1897 “Harvard” Pattern

https://www.etsy.com/listing/121711380/simpson-hall-miller-silver-plate-berry

My Etsy shop can be found here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/queenofsienna/

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28 Responses to Samuel Simpson and Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.

  1. KerryCan says:

    You must need a flow chart to keep track of all these people! It’s kind of mind boggling . . . I love seeing the different patterns on the silverware–such variety and artistry!

  2. Buffie somers says:

    I have a wonderful piece of Simpson Hall Miller. It is a glass piece etched with fish. The rectangular glass bowl sits in a silver pedestal type stand. The lid had a ” handle” which is the same type of fish as etched on the glass! Amazing!

  3. Pyckles says:

    Amazing! Fantastic research. This is by far the most information on Simpson Hall and Miller that i have found to date. I was hoping to find a catalog of their marks and when they were used. For example, I have cruet stand that simple has the letters stamped into it with out any mark. From what I’ve been able to find International Silver continued to use the Simpson’s mark well into the 1900’s even after they had been take over by IS. Would you happen to able to suggest any places to look for more information along those lines?

    • queenofsienna says:

      Hello and thanks for your kind words. I am not aware of any catalog which includes Simpson Hall Miller’s marks and usage dates nor can I find this info in any of my reference books. IS most likely used the SHM mark but I’m unable to find a timeline of usage. So sorry I can’t provide the info you seek.

  4. Curt Feldman says:

    Hi QoS. Wonderful site. With a wealth of information. Would you have advice or maybe you could offer a comment — I have an approx 12 setting collection of the Victorian Rose pattern (plus many pieces that number more than 12, and some less). Is this something with value? Thanks!

    • queenofsienna says:

      Hi, Curt. I would suggest that you go yo http://www.replacements.com, then go to the Silver section and look up Victorian Rose under International Silver. You can see how much they are asking for a 4 piece setting. Keep in mind that their pieces are generally in very good condition. Then I would suggest going to eBay and search “Victorian Rose Rogers” under Completed items. There you’ll see how much interest there is in this 1954 pattern and how much people are paying for it…some 12 piece sets have sold. Best wishes.

  5. I have a beautiful old Samson Hall Miller box with detailed raised flowers and leaves and green velvet lining. It looks like brass, but is marked quadruple plate. It is about 12 inches long, 4 inches tall and 6 inches deep. Does anyone have any information on something like this?

    • queenofsienna says:

      Hi, does the box have a number and does it have a hinged top?

    • queenofsienna says:

      Rebecca, most likely it is a glove box or necktie box. I would still like to know if the lid is hinged and if it has a number. That would help.

  6. It does have hinges and the number 34.

    • queenofsienna says:

      I believe your box dates to the 1890s and is either a glove or necktie box. The “quadruple” plate indicates it is silverplate and the golden color is the patina built up over 100 years or more.

  7. Thank you so much for your help. What does the number mean?

  8. queenofsienna says:

    The number is assigned by the manufacturer and relates to the particular design or pattern. I have a matching tea set made by Simpson Hall Miller and the sugar bowl, creamer and pot are eached marked with number 2083. Your box is from a vanity set and if you were looking for other pieces of the set you’d be looking for pieces marked 34.

  9. Albert Patty says:

    I have a spoon that does not match your patterns, the Mark is the shield with the s and the Knights helmet facing left. Marked sterling with c small c. Id be Glad to send a picture, Im interested in its date of Manufacture.

  10. phyllesia bounds says:

    I have a Simpson Hall Miller coffee creme container with the number 50 on it ,does it have any value?

  11. Michelle Melendez says:

    Hi, my name is Michelle
    I have a few silverware from Simpson Hall Miller which am interested on selling them, can somebody guide me in whom I have to search for or go to see to make negotiations
    The pcs are beautiful and worth having and I had them for a really long time but in reality they are just sitting there and I would like somebody to haved them and enjoy them as I haved.
    Thank you in advance, Michelle Melendez

  12. Glenys says:

    Hi, Just came across you blog while searching for simpson hall miller & co. The advertisement from 1879 shows the silver service that was presented to my great great grandfather in 1881 in appreciation for the build of the New Wesleyan Church in Taree, NSW, Australia. Recently the set (minus the inscribed teapot) was stolen from my home in Sydney. I was wondering if you have a clearer image of the ad and if you would know the value of such a set. With thanks, Glenys

  13. mandy says:

    I have a butter dish (with a swinging top), with the no. 87 Patented May 4 1886, I’m in Australia, how did these pieces find their way to Australia I wonder? I’ve been unable to find any information on it. We had a Manor House burn to the ground across the road from us in Victoria (Aust) in early 60’s and all the rubble was removed and dumped at the waste site. My father (now in his 80’s) knew there would be treasures among what was dumped and sure enough came home with some wonderful pieces to my very pleased mother who cleaned them up.

    • queenofsienna says:

      It is amazing to think that back in the 1800s the American Silver companies were selling their wares pretty much worldwide. Simpson, Hall, Miller had a “traveler” (salesman) in Australia at that time. In addition, they won a major competition in Australia in 1881, see the following quote from Wikipedia:

      In 1880-81, Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. was awarded the First Prize Medal competing with 44 other silver manufacturers from the United States and Europe at the Melbourne International Exhibition in Australia.[5]

      I see your number 87 butter dish in Simpson, Hall, Miller’s 1891 catalog. Beautiful! It sold for $10.50 at that time which was a lot of money in 1891. It said it was patented and I suspect the patent had to do with the sliding top mechanism.

      Your father is a smart man!

      • mandy says:

        Thank you so much for this information. My father was thrilled to bits to learn this piece of history for his efforts so long ago. It really made his day as I read it out to him! He just kept saying ‘who would have thought it!!!’ I wonder what it would be worth these days… not that we’d ever sell it, bit precious! Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions, we really appreciate it!

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