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Dale

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2009 02:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[01-2753]

This is from Bennett Brothers, Inc of Chicago, 1978 catalog.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2009 02:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is interesting for our purposes is to see these sterling offerings from 1978, just before the Hunt brothers sent silver selling into utter chaos.

The pattern shown is called 'Ancestry' with no mention of maker. It is offered as 'sterling' without mentioning that it has hollow handles. The scissors are called 'grape or rose scissors'. These were offered to the public in 1978.

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2009 03:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a suite of serving offerings. These will be familiar to most active dealers as they show up in all sorts of estates and divorce sales today.

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2009 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the ubiquitous porringer in sterling.

It is on a page called 'Sterling gifts for children'. Note that there is no maker given. The local retailer was free to ad his very own personal label.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2009 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a coincidence! At the silver store where I occasionally work, they stock new baby items in this pattern from the Salisbury Company and was struck by its resemblance to Chantilly. I was able to find that it was created by Weidlich in 1940 but haven't been able to follow it from there to Salisbury, which began in 1979.

Does anyone know what happened to Weidlich and/or Bennett Brothers?

Robert

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2009 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry I forgot to include that Weidlich closed in 1952 and thats where I lost the trail (so to speak).

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iconnumber posted 08-15-2009 01:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bennett Brothers is still in business, offering their Blue Book on line. They seem to have very few silver items of any type now. But they are in business.

They call the pattern Ancestral but who knows what names it was given by retailers. I have handled a lot of the items shown, over and over.

In silver terminology, when a firm closes the dies and patterns are assigned to a successor. What interests me here is that the pattern is assigned no maker, which may mean it was not owned by a silver company.

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Hagen says that the Web Silver Co., Inc. purchased the Weidlich dies. I think I have seen these marked WEB.

Edit: I have the 1975 Bennett Bros. catalog. It's great for identifying some very common patterns of silverplated holloware.

[This message has been edited by taloncrest (edited 08-15-2009).]

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Web Silver appears to be defunct. They do not have a web site nor a listed phone number. Does anyone have more information?

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iconnumber posted 08-15-2009 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the baby flatware. Is this still being made. And if so, who makes it?

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Yes Salisbury is making the dumbell rattle, and the infant feeding spoon and baby fork and spoon set in both the Ancestry and Virginia (feathered edge) pattern. The also make a bent baby spoon and toothbrush in both patterns and all of these pieces are available in a plain pattern called Jackson.

So we go from Weidlich to Web to ? to Bennett Bros. to Salisbury. LOL

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Here is the Salisbury company website. They have sterling, pewter and gift ware catalogs and price lists online.

This is news to me. I'd never heard of them.

I have a baby toothbrush in the Virginia pattern with the Weidlich mark. It makes a great stylus brush for my turntable!

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This is a line by Poole, division of Towle, called 'Old English'. My impression is that it had been around since the late 30's, and probably is being made today. Several new member requests have contained pieces of it.

Should I do a thread on Poole in silverplate?

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