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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-16-2017 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
April 15, 1903
pg 45

Wood & Hughes, 24 John St., one of the oldest silversmith concerns in the United States, is selling out its stock at auction and retiring from business. The business was established in 1833, and the senior member of the firm, Chas. Wood, died in December 50 years later. The business was continued by the surviving partners, Dixon G. Hughes, Henry Wood and S. P. Fraprie. Mr. Fraprie died in December, 1889, and Mr. Wood passed away in January, 1900. After this Dixon G. Hughes continued the business alone under the old style. When seen Wednesday by The Circular-Weekly reporter, Mr. Hughes stated that he was going out of business because of ill health. In addition to this the close competition which the firm is obliged to meet brought the business down to a position where it did not pay to continue it longer.

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iconnumber posted 12-16-2017 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in such a mournful mood already about the state of the world that I found myself mourning for the end of W&H as if it were happening today instead of more than a century ago. Such a fine manufacturer.

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iconnumber posted 12-17-2017 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Feelings shared.

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iconnumber posted 12-18-2017 04:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder what under the "old style" means?

In 1903 if "the close competition" was already putting pressure on these firms then it's no wonder that 114 years later they are all gone!

It's easy to see this as sad but on the other hand we now have a material world that is pretty much affordable to all compared to then. Should we not celebrate that there was a golden age of silver before the great decline and it was led by the W&H's, Gorham's, Shiebler's and Tiffany (of the past)...

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iconnumber posted 12-18-2017 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is wonderful that industrialization made pretty silver available to the masses. It is unfortunate that it left behind the artistry that was the inspiration and basis for the commoditized product.

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2017 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very true, Scott.

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