Forbes Silver Company designs in collections and at auction (2016)

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Forbes Silver Plate basket Forbes Silver Co centerpiece

"FORBES SILVER CO., Meriden, Conn.
Starting in 1894, the Forbes Silver Company [,a secondary trademark of the Meriden Britannia Company,] produced a variety of small silverplated pieces for use by women in the home, including a very large line of silverplated toiletware, as well as a general line of household silverplate.

Its moderately priced line of silverplate were quite well known and continued to be made and marketed by [the International Silver Company, which in 1898 acquired Forbes and Meriden Britannia] ...until 1935."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 168.; Hogan in The elegance of old silverplate and some personalities, pp. 140-41. (See entries on parallel Forbes Silver Co. design catalogues and historical documentation webpage.)

A. Forbes Silver Company designs in collections (by year)

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1894-1935 - candlestick

Forbes Silver Plate Co. (1894-1935). Candlestick. Silver plate. (Accession no. 306994. Viewed 30 December 2016. A01393.)

In 1898, Forbes Silver Company became part of the International Silver Company. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the Forbes Silver Company division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).


1909 - paperweight

Forbes Silver Company / ISC. (1909). Paperweight. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2000.33.1. Viewed 21 July 2016. B00203.)


c. 1910 - trophy cup

Forbes Silver Co. / ISC. (c. 1910). Trophy cup. (Accession no. 1985.43.10. Viewed 27 March 2017. A01803.)

Click the following link to see the parallel webpage - Forbes Silver Company design catalogues and historical documentation.

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n. d. - cream pitcher

Possibly Forbes Silver Co. (undated). Cream pitcher. (Accession no. 1981.179.32. Viewed 27 March 2017. A01802.)

n. d. - tray

Forbes Silver Company. (undated). Tray (with grapevine border). Silver. (Accession no. 1971.3.10.2. Viewed 12 August 2016. AAA00053-002.)

  • Offline - Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

n. d. - fruit bowl

Forbes Silver Company. (undated). Fruit bowl (four-footed). Silver. (Accession no. D1981.28.16. Viewed 12 August 2016. AAA00053-069.)

  • Offline - Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

n. d. - sugar and creamer

Forbes Silver Company. (undated). Sugar and creamer (footed; lilies on side). Silver plate. (Accession no. D1981.28.164.1-2. Viewed 12 August 2016. AAA00053-071.)

  • Offline - Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

n. d. - cruet set

Forbes Silver Company. (undated). Cruet set. Silver plate, glass. (Accession no. D1981.28.372.1-5. Viewed 12 August 2016. AAA00053-144.)

  • Offline - Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

n. d. - baking dish

Forbes Silver Company. (undated). Baking dish (with embossed grapes and leaves). Silver. (Accession no. D1981.28.66. Viewed 12 August 2016. AAA00053-164.)

  • Offline - Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

n. d. - bread tray

Forbes Silver Company. (undated). Bread tray (with embossed imaged of loaf of bread). Silver. (Accession no. D1981.28.92. Viewed 12 August 2016. AAA00053-171.)

  • Offline - Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

n. d. - ashtray

Forbes Silver Company. (undated). Ashtray (oval with bird and wishbone). Silver. (Accession no. D1981.28.99. Viewed 12 August 2016. AAA00053-172.)

  • Offline - Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver companies from the Meriden area, and those that were connected to the International Silver Company; go to the historical Meriden design overview page and scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".

B. Forbes Silver Company designs at auction

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n. d. - bread dish

Forbes Silver Company. (undated). Bread dish. Silver plate. (Viewed 21 July 2016. A01091.)

On Forbes Silver Company - 1: designs in collections, etc. | 2: design catalogues, other historical information, etc.

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