The Story Behind this Blog
Being from the South, Silver is a very big part of my life. It doesn't have anything to do with wealth. Although those with more money - old money, tend to have more of it. New money tend not to spend their money on Silver. They do not have the appreciation for the warmth of the metal, the beauty of the patina, the story it tells of the generations past who have used it. A true southern girl comes of age when she chooses her silver pattern, long before she chooses her mate. If she is smart, she chooses that of her mother, grandmother, or favorite great aunt who in their benevolence will pass their silver on to her. It is the pieces in those sets, the pieces on our tables, along with the pieces we find in the corners of the displays in antique stores that prompted me to start this blog. They are beautiful, they are odd, but what are they, and what in the hell do you do with them?
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Who Became Reed and Barton
Reed and Barton is another company that has managed to survive and in the process buy and absorb several other smaller companies. Some of these include: Dominick and Haff, Sheffield Silver Co., Theodore B. Starr, and the Webster Company. And in doing so they have gotten the patterns and dies from William Gales and Sons, J. R. Wendt & Co. and the Frank W. Smith Silver Co. because the aforementioned acquisitions had previously purchased or absorbed these companies. Once again I'll offer my caveat - The following is best I could do to chart out the flow. It may not be correct. The information is confusing at best coming from different sources. But it gives you an idea of how all the smaller companies ending up merging.