Category Archives: holmes & edwards

Got Hiawatha?

There was a fascination with the devil in the second half of the 19th century.  I’ve already written a post called “The Devil You Say” regarding that obsession.  Devil images appeared in silverplated flatware and hollowware made by major manufacturers … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Maltese Cross

A reader of this blog recently contacted me and asked if I could assist her with the identification of a Bridgeport Silver Co. mark on a piece of hollowware that she had.  This is a photo of her “nut bowl” … Continue reading

Posted in aesthetic, Bridgeport Silver Co., Derby CT, Derby Silver Co, E L Brittin, Edwin Brittin, George Gill, holmes & edwards, Maltese cross, Reed & Barton, Rogers & Brittin | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Patent, Patent…Who Has The Patent?

I was doing some research on Hall, Elton & Co. and came upon an ad for a pattern name I did not know.  The ad referred to the spoon illustrated as “The Niagara”.  The design looked familiar.  Upon comparison, it appeared … Continue reading

Posted in Angelo / Saratoga, Angelo aka Saratoga, Angelo pattern, Angelo/Saratoga, Aurora, Hall Elton, holmes & edwards, L. Boardman, luther boardman, Niagara pattern, Saratoga patterns, Tufts, Warwick pattern, Wm. Rogers Mfg. | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company

The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company was organized in 1882, with headquarters in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  The illustration below was taken from the 1893 Hurd Atlas and shows the company’s office and manufacturing facilities. But the roots of Holmes & Edwards … Continue reading

Posted in Derby Silver Co, Durham Silver Metal, E L Brittin, Edwin Brittin, gold aluminum, holmes & edwards, orange spoon, Rogers & Brittin, sterling silver inlaid | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Some Turn of the Century Cocktail Strainer Patents

I recently came across a silver plated antique cocktail strainer that resembled a Hawthorne-like strainer: It had what I believed to be French hallmarks and had a wire ring that was the same as contained in William Wright’s 1892 patent for … Continue reading

Posted in Alden strainer, bar tool, bartender, barware, C. J. Hauck & Son, Charles J. Hauck, Chas. J. Hauck, cocktail, cocktail strainer, cocktail strainer France, Dennis P. Sullivan, Etsy, F. H. Vogt, French cocktail strainer, Hawthorne strainer, holmes & edwards, julep strainer, Late 1800's, Late 19th Century, Lindley Strainer, Mosteller strainer, mustache drink strainer, silverplate, T. B. Lashar, Thomas Lashar, Wright strainer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Huyler’s Candy Tongs

Previously in this blog, I have written a post about bon-bon tongs ( https://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/is-it-impolite-to-use-my-bon-bon-for-a-tete-a-tete/ ) and I have written about Holmes & Edwards producing flatware using a gold aluminum alloy manufactured by the Waldo Foundry ( https://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/table-wares/ ).  So when I came across … Continue reading

Posted in dark chocolate spicy pepita sour cherry bark, etsy vintage, holmes & edwards, Huyler's Candy Chocolates Bonbons, John S. Huyler, John Seys Huyler, tongs, waldo, WaldoHE | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Durham Silver Plate Co.’s Rendition of Joseph Fradley’s “Lily”

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 … Continue reading

Posted in aesthetic, antique, Durham Silver P. Co., Durham Silver Plate Co., Etsy, holmes & edwards, Joseph Fradley, Lily of the Valley, Lily silverplate pattern, queenofsienna, silver plate, silver plated, silverplate | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Some 19th Century Flatware Patterns

As I’ve researched flatware patterns over the years, I’ve compiled information which I wanted easy access to…thus this post.  I hope it helps you as it has helped (and will continue to help) me.  I’ll be updating it periodically. Following … Continue reading

Posted in 1847 Rogers, holmes & edwards, L. Boardman, luther boardman, Myron H. Kinsley, Pairpoint, Reed & Barton, Rogers & Bro., silver, silver plate, silver plate manufacturer, silverplate, Simpson Hall Miller, Wm. A. Rogers, Wm. Rogers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

19th Century Transferware and Complementary Silver Plated Flat Ware

The transferware patterns of the the late 19th Century were many and varied.  A good number had an aesthetic theme, including naturalesque landscapes, Japanese motifs, quilted collages, simple rectangle or scrolled cartouches with varied architectural elements.  The potters produced a decorative earthenware … Continue reading

Posted in A F & Co., aesthetic, Alvin Mfg, asymetrical collage, Breton, Brownhills Pottery, Burgess & Leigh, Burroughs & Mountford, Conn. S. P. Co., Elsmore & Forster, Essex, Etsy, flatware, Floris Ligna, Foley, Garfield, Hill Pottery, Hizen, holmes & edwards, Hope & Carter, L. Boardman, Moss Fibre, Narcissus, Oxford Silver Plate, Oxford Silver Plate Co, Pairpoint, Parisian Granite Ironstone, queenofsienna, rialto, Rogers & Bro., Rustic, silverplate, Simpson Hall Miller, transferware, Trenton Potteries, Uncategorized, waldo, WaldoHE, Wallis Gimson, Willets, Willets Pottery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Smiths of Bridgeport

It all started with research on a demitasse spoon….  It had a marvelous scarab design and the only mark on the back was an “O” in a diamond shape.  It turned out that the pattern was named “Antique Egyptian” and … Continue reading

Posted in Bridgeport CT, Cafe de l'Opera, D. H. McConnell, David H. McConnell, E.H.H. Smith Silver Co, George P. Ittig, holmes & edwards, queenofsienna, rialto, Sidney Smith, silver, silverplate, Smith Silver Co., so. am. silver solid, south american silver solid, Uncategorized, waldo, Whitehall Club, Wm. Rogers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments