Derby Silver Company

Detail of 15. the Derby Silver Company from the birds-eye map Birmingham, Conn. 1876

Derby Silver Company was an American silversmith located in Derby, Connecticut.

It was founded in 1873 and specialised in silverplated hollow-ware.

U.S. Patent No. 15,642, June 26, 1888, registered by Watson J. Miller and Henry Berry for M & B sterling trademark to be used on forks, spoons, tea sets, brushes, mirrors and pitchers.

One of the original companies which formed the International Silver Co. in 1898. Derby Silver did not use sterling mark after 1895.

Derby Silver Company. Bowl, ca. 1880

The company’s first few years of production was devoted to flatware. They gradually dropped flatware and started silverplated holloware which continued under Colonel Watson J. Miller who came from New York in 1879.

They put out a large line of plated dresserwares. The factory continued to operate in Birmingham (Derby) until July 1933 when the owners consolidated it with other plants.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Rainwater, D. T. (1975). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers. Crown.

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