Post Publication Research

Anchor Silver Plate Company, Muncie, IN & St Paul, MN
A 1905 ad picturing a flamboyant candelabra: “For our Easter Goods Illustrations. Each and every one of them are new patterns, and at popular prices. Our new line of electro-plated Holloware, 24-Karat Ormolu Gold Clocks, Novelties of every description, Picture frames, etc.,will be ready April 1st.”…St. Paul, Minn., San Francisco, Cal., Chicago, Ill.

Benedict-Proctor, Trenton, Ont. Canada
Benedict-Proctor, 1913-24, is a subsidiary of the Benedict Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, NY. It is a manufacturer of silver plate, bronze, brass and metal goods, novelties, clock frames and jewel cases.  In the ‘20’s they were the largest manufacturers of Silver Plated Soda Fountain Service in America.  Canadian Factory: Benedict INDESTRUCTO Silver.

Jennings Brothers  Manufacturing Company, Bridgeport, Conn.
Jennings Bros. manufactures clocks, jewel cases, candelabra, art metal items and silver plated flatware. In 1903, Jennings Bros. claimed Ormolu gold plate was manufactured exclusively by them and marketed under the trademark J. B. “Ormolu gold.” Bronze finishes were also produced in competition with imported goods of French manufacture, and were sold under the name of “Nouveau Bronze” or “Art Nouveau.” The company shipped to all states and territories of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, Africa, South America and Hawaii.

N.B. Rogers Silver Plate CompanyDanbury, Conn.
In 1885 Nathaniel Burton Rogers helped organize the Rogers Silver Plate Company and in 1886 he moved to Danbury to establish a plant, he being secretary of the company. In 1907 he was president of the re-organized company and also president of the Rogers Telephone Company, of Danbury. N. B. Rogers jewel boxes were pictured as late as 1920 in Sears Catalogs.

The Art Metal WorksNewark, N.J.
Louis V. Aronson, inventor of a valuable metal plating process and industrialist, founded The Art Metal Works in 1897. His career extended over 30 years, a self-made master of the subjects of metallurgy and the science of electro-metallurgical chemistry. He gained several patents, and retained as consulting chemist for a number of large manufacturers in and outside the US. Art metal novelties manufactured include clocks, jewel cases, desk articles, smokers’ articles, toilet novelties, vases, candelabra, electric portables, ink wells, and much more. Aronson patents included variations on lighting matches, which eventually led to the RONSON Lighter.
Benedict Manufacturing Company, Danbury, Conn.
1910 Assyrian Gold, a new and original line of gold-plated novelties. 1911 Silver Plated Ware and Metal Novelties. The firm also makes a variety of articles in Karnak brass and Florentine brass. 1912 An extensive line of engraveable Oriental ivory. 1916 Athenic Bronze.

Brainard & Wilson CorporationDanbury, Conn.
First Patent for Jewel Casket.  New York showrooms opened in 1908. The line of samples displayed therein comprises many new designs in art and metal wares including clocks, jewelry boxes, candelabra, etc.  Mr Fred J Foster, who was for about twenty years with Unger Brothers of Newark, is now in charge of the New York salesroom. The line itself is remarkable for beauty and fine finish.

Kronheimer and Oldenbusch Company, 1899-1941 Brooklyn, NY
Manufacturers of Britannia Novelties, Hollow Ware, Copper & Fancy Metal Goods. Patents taken for Inkwell, Frame, Lady’s Belt Buckle. Advertised frequently in Jewelers’ Circular 1906-11+: Jewel Cases, Jewel Caskets, Trinket and Hat Pin Boxes and other Novelties, often made of Nickle Silver or German Silver;  Antique Brass, Butler’s Silver, Oxidized Silver, Rose Gold, Pompeian Green, etc finishes. Extensive lines of Souvenir Goods.

P.A. Coon Silver Manufacturing CompanySyracuse, NY
In 1898 Percy A. Coon, was a Syracuse traveling salesman who represented the M.S. Benedict Mfg. Co. The following year, Coon alleged that M. Stewart Benedict of Benedict Mf.g Co. did not live up to his agreement.  Wm A Rogers Ltd of Niagara Falls NY filed a complaint against the P.A. Coon Silver Mfg. Co. of infringement in 1911.  A short-lived and evidently troubled company that created interesting and beautifully designed jewel boxes.

Weidlich Brothers Manufacturing Company, Bridgeport, Conn.
Weidlich Bros. received at least 67 patents for their designs, many of which were for jewel cases.They advertised their various lines in the Jewelers’ Circular Weekly 1907-13+: A 1907 ad was for their Original Swastika Souvenir Spoons, and from a 1907 sales catalog: “Very popular at the present time, the Swastika is an old Indian symbol for good luck, long life, happiness and prosperity, brought to the wearer by the four winds of Heaven represented by the four arms of the cross.” Parisian Art Silver, Athenic Bronze,Colonial Ware, Pompeian Gold, Sterling Silver, French Gold finishes.


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1916 American Fancy Goods Now Prominent

Many Gold plated articles will undoubtedly be amongst the leaders during the coming season. Amongst the best sellers will be clocks, jewel cases, photo frames, etc.

It is with pleasure that we note the wonderful strides being made by American manufacturers in the production of high grade and artistic metal novelties. They have steadily improved their product each succeeding season and today fancy metal articles of American manufacture favorably compare in artistic beauty with the best production of the old world.

Not only do their products equal, if not surpass, those of European manufacturers but, owing to the introduction of modern machinery and up to date methods of manufacturing which has considerably lessened the costs of production, prices for American made fancy goods are lower than those of equal merit made abroad.

It is now but a rapidly dying out tradition that Europe surpasses us in the making of goods of artistic beauty of excellence of workmanship. For instance, with all the centuries of experience behind them, the cameo cutters of Europe are no more proficient today than those in America, and why should they be. America is the Mecca for all the old world musicians, artists, and experts in all kinds of professions, and why should it not also be the Mecca for the high class artisans of Europe…