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iconnumber posted 11-27-2000 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ran across this nice trade card in a local shop over the weekend. It is dated in very pale ink along the bottom edge "Printed for the Proprietors, 1881." I do not have Cutten's work on New York makers, but the demon Kovel does list Calvin S. Ball, Jr. as working c 1850 in Syracuse, apparently in partnership with someone named Stone (Hubbard G. Stone?). Perhaps one of our readers has further information or could scan an example of Ball's work and mark.

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iconnumber posted 11-27-2000 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stone & Ball were prime retailers of Hotchkiss & Schreuder silver; I have seen a number of pieces of H&S silver with their mark, simply an incuse "STONE & BALL".

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iconnumber posted 11-28-2000 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that, Brent. That sounds like the Stone & Ball partnership was primarily a retail shop. Given the prominent title of "Silversmith" on the card, perhaps Ball left to work as a maker proper, though he must have been in his 60's at the time. I can add that his father was also named Calvin S. Ball (b 1798) and worked at the trade in Pompey NY in the 1820s.

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iconnumber posted 02-11-2009 01:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems more likely that the Stone & Ball duo consisted of Seymour H Stone and Calvin S Ball Jr as they appear together in the 1850 U S Federal Census for Syracuse, New York as jewelers in the same household as jeweler Benjamin R Morton? Hubbard G Stone did extremely well in New York City with no signs of him working in Syracuse?

In the 1860 U S Federal Census for Syracuse, New York, there is a Calvin S Ball. His trade is given as watches and jewelry store. There is also a Charles W Ball under the same roof who was a silversmith. In this same census for Pompey, New York, there is a Calvin S Ball listed as a silversmith.

In the 1850 U S Federal Census for Pompey, New York Calvin S Ball is listed as a Post Master. There is a twenty year old Alvin M Ball in the same household who is listed as a silver plater as well as a fourteen year old Charles W Ball with no occupation given. A Calvin Ball is listed in the Pompey, New York federal tax records for 1866, so Calvin S Sr must have lived at least that long.

Calvin S Ball Jr was an agent for Patek Phillipe in the 1888/9 Syracuse City Directory.

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