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weebettle

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iconnumber posted 02-27-2005 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for weebettle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have inherited an old sterling silver tea set made by Frank W. Smith of Gardner, Mass. My grandfather was also a silversmith in Gardner at that time. I am having trouble finding much history on Smith, the kinds of work he did, and the time frame he designed silver. Does anyone know anything about Smith?

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2005 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a little information on the Garner Museum web-site at Gardner Museum - Silversmithing
"Another one of the city's former manufacturing enterprises that is preserved by the Gardner Museum is silversmithing. In 1887 Frank W. Smith began manufacturing silverware in Gardner and within a few years the Frank W. Smith Silver Company had one of the finest equipped factories in the country for the manufacture of high grade sterling silverware, both by machine and by hand. The company continued operations until 1958. However, during the course of its history the company's silver services became the possession of notable individuals such as Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth of England. Also, Smith silver groupings were purchased, on occasion, for United States naval vessels, gifts from the states or communities for which they were named.

One of the superintendents and designers for the Smith Silver Company was Arthur J. Stone who was hired in 1887. In 1901 Stone started his own silver shop in Gardner which at one point would employ twelve apprentices and craftsmen."

Perhaps you might contact the museum to see if they have more details.

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Thanks for the info!

My grandfather was a silversmith in Gardner. He and his brother are the Blanchard Silver people. My grandfather was Richard, and his brother was Porter. There seemed to be a lot of silversmiths in Gardner!

Thanks, Becky

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iconnumber posted 03-02-2005 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Becky,
Your grandfather Richard Blanchard was featured in an article that appeared in one of the Silver Magazines last year.

The Garner museum also had a small booklet written by one of the historians that talked about all the silversmiths in the Garner area.

Fred

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