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vathek

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I have a ladle marked 925 and stamped Chas W. Kennard & Co. Does anyone know whether this was before or after Bigelow and Kennard? thanks

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hard to say -- Charles W. Kennard was not one of the members (William H. and Martin)of Bigelow Brothers & Kennard or Bigelow, Kennard & Company. The only off-shoot of the family was Edward Kennard (son of Martin) who went into the wholesale silver business with Lewis Jenks in 1876. Their company, Kennard & Jenks was bought out by Gorham in 1880. There is no likely Charles Kennard listed in the 1880 census that I can find.

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was a C.W.Kennard listed in Boston from 1825-1855; C.W.Kennard & Co. is listed (as a clock and watchmaker)from 1835-1875.

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm. More research needed. I wonder how he connects (if he does) to the others? There are no Charles that I have found among the various brothers and cousins, but who knows?

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were also Kennards in New Hampshire: John (1782-1861, Newfields by 1812, clockmaker) and Oliver P. (1831, Portsmouth, name found on silver).

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did not know of John, but Oliver Parry Kennard (1786-1870) was the father of William and Martin and was in Portsmouth by 1817 when he married Jane Plaisted there.

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vathek

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iconnumber posted 01-12-2004 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a photo of the mark in case I misread the first name. The clock and watch maker mentioned above is the most likely.

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Paul Lemieux

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I agree with vathek that the 1835-1875 watchmaker is the most likely retailer. That 925 mark shows up in conjunction with various, mostly Boston region retailers on many 1860s pieces of flatware.

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Mytime2

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iconnumber posted 02-20-2004 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mytime2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have some forks marked with Charles Kennard's mark. I once saw a reference to St. Louis for him, but have no means of checking that out. I would also like to know more!

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