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iconnumber posted 03-10-2002 08:40 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the best way to track down old retailer marks on American Victorian silver? I am particularly interested in where and when they were in business.

Is (was) there something I can buy -- like a Rainwater for retailers?

If I go to a library what should I ask for?


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iconnumber posted 03-10-2002 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might try Jewelers Trade Cards by Robert Alan Green.

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iconnumber posted 04-09-2002 11:52 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the suggestion. I got a copy and found several of the retailers I was trying to identify. (The book lists over 1800 retailers.)

Still trying to identify the following. Perhaps someone will stumble across this and be able to help:

Morck Bros.
C.A. Stevens & Co.
Wm. Wilson McGrew
Shreve Stanwood & Co.
Braverman & Levy
J.G. Brown

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iconnumber posted 04-19-2002 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Trefid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shreve Stanwood & Co. was a Boston retailer whose dates, I believe, were 1860-69. They were one of the successor of Jones, Low & Ball. Braverman & Levy did business in San Francisco, but I can't give you exact dates.

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iconnumber posted 04-19-2002 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen some pieces marked "Shreve, Stannwood & Co" (with 2 n's). Was this just an error in the die?

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iconnumber posted 09-17-2008 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's one of the above: Morck Bros, Fred and August Jr; jewelers and opticians; Titusville and Warren, Pennsylvania; 1880's and '90's.

August had a patent on bifocals:
Patent number: 392053
Filing date: Dec 15, 1887
Issue date: Oct 1888
Inventors: Morck, Jr.

Here's a link to some Braverman & Levy information:
Use of term "English Sterling"

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iconnumber posted 05-01-2009 12:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paris in '67 announcement: CA STEVENS & CO., GOLD AND SILVERSMITHS, No. 40 East 14th Street, Union Square, NY, Importers of DIAMONDS, WATCHES, FINE JEWELRY, CLOCKS, REAL BRONZES .... PARTICULAR ATTENTION GIVEN To the Manufacture of Silver Ware.

In 1866-'67 Stevens, C A & Co, Cyrus A Stevens 38 E 14th refused co-partnership.

In 1868 Cyrus A Stevens and Ernest E Evers of 40 E 14th entered into a co-partnership.

In 1870 C A Stevens & Co incorporated with manufacturing rights in New York State.

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iconnumber posted 05-03-2009 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the last of this short list of names. Maybe this information will be helpful to someone eventually.

There was a J G Brown in the 1860 U S Federal for the Georgia Militia District, Upton County, Georgia. He was born about 1835 in Vermont and was a jeweller.

There was a Joseph G Brown in the 1870 U S Federal Census for Whitingham, Vermont who was born in Vermont in about 1835 and who was a jeweller.

The same Joseph G Brown was listed in the 1880 U S Federal Census for Shelburne, Massachusetts, and again in the 1900 U S Federal Census for Shelburne, Massacusetts.

And finally this same Joseph G .Brown was listed in the 1910 U S Federal Census for Readsboro, Vermont.

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iconnumber posted 08-04-2017 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Bascall some time ago identified C. A. Stevens of New York so I thought I would add a picture to the thread. I have had this small ladle for some time and now know where the Stevens company was located.

Is anyone familiar with this pattern?

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