Holmes & Edwards Silver Company designs in collections, at auction, and in exhibitions (2016)

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The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company was founded in 1882. The company became part of the International Silver Company in 1898.


A. Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport, CT) designs in collections [1]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (1882-96). Souvenir spoon. Accession no. 1968.209.3. Bennington Museum, Vermont. Viewed 24 July 2016. [A01100]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1908; c. 1923; c. 1923). Ladle, "Lafayette Pattern"; Coffee spoon, "Century pattern"; and soup spoon, "Century pattern". Silver-plate. Accession nos. 1995.21.3; 1990.7; 1995.154. Brooklyn Museum. Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00178-80]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / ISC. (designed 1929). "Napoleon" pattern (fork, knife, spoon). Silver plate, stainless steel. Accession nos. 1995.103.1-3. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 7 March 2017. [A01605-06; A01613]



B. Holmes & Edwards Silver Company designs at auction

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (late 19th / 20th century). Six Holmes & Edwards silverplate fruit spoons. Bonhams San Francisco - Period art & design (29-30 SEP 2013). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00181]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (ISC). (20th century). Serving pieces. Silver-plate. Christie’s New York - The house sale (1-3 OCT 2007). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00182]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (ISC). (mid-late 20th century). Flatware service (partial). Silver-plate. Bonhams New York - Interiors (11-12 DEC 2013). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00183]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (possibly ISC). (undated). Flatware set for twelve. Bonhams San Francisco - SOMA estate auction (17-18 APR 2011). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00184]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (possibly ISC). (undated). Pastry server. Sterling silver. Bonhams San Francisco - SOMA estate auction (29 JAN 2006). Viewed 10 June 2016. [F00006]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (possibly ISC). (undated). Partial flatware set. Bonhams Los Angeles - Sunset estate auction (13 AUG 2006). Viewed 10 June 2016. [F00007]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (possibly ISC). (undated). "First lady" flatware set. Silver-plate. Bonhams Los Angeles - Sunset estate auction (15 APR 2007). Viewed 10 June 2016. [F00008]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (possibly ISC). (undated). Danish Princess jelly server. Silver-plate. Bonhams San Francisco - SOMA estate auction (22 JUL 2007). Viewed 11 June 2016. [F00011]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (possibly ISC). (undated). Gravy ladle. Bonhams San Francisco - SOMA estate auction (23-24 NOV 2008). Viewed 11 June 2016. [F00012]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (possibly ISC). (undated). Twelve forks. Bonhams Los Angeles - Sunset estate auction (25 APR 2010). Viewed 11 June 2016. [F00013]



B. Holmes & Edwards Silver Company designs in exhibitions

holmes and edwards silver company

(1894)
California Mid-Winter International Exhibition, San Francisco, CA. (specific dates unknown.) [Gold medal awarded to Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for sterling silver inlaid spoons and forks; also, silver medal.] [AAA00588] [2]]

holmes and edwards silver company

(1 May - 30 October 1893)
World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago. See: (1893). World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Chicago), Official catalogue, Part VIII. [Listed: Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport) (p. 28)]. W. B. Conkey Company: Chicago. Courtesy North Central College, Naperville, IL. Viewed 8 January 2017. [A00850; A01460]; also May (1947) lists the company as receiving a bronze medal. [AAA00588] [2]

Also see: (1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. [Listed: Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. (p. 128)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. Viewed 2 March 2017. [A01528-31]

holmes and edwards silver company

(1889)
The American Institute, New York. (specific dates unknown). ["Bronze medal awarded to the Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for sterling silver inlaid spoons and forks and initial spoons and forks."] Viewed 19 March 2017. [AAA00588] [2]

holmes and edwards silver company

(1888)
The American Institute, New York. (specific dates unknown). ["Bronze medal awarded to Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for silverplated spoons and forks, sterling silver inlaid."] Viewed 19 March 2017. [AAA00588] [2]

holmes and edwards silver company

(1883)
The American Institute, New York (dates unknown). ["Bronze medal awarded to Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for electro-silverplated tableware"]. Viewed 21 March 2017. [AAA00588] [2]



Footnote:
[1] The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1898. At this juncture, it is not known at Design Meriden if they continued operations under this name after the acquisition. See "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921". University of Connecticut university libraries website. Viewed 15 May 2016 [A00660-61]

[2] May, Earl Chapin. (1947). A century of silver 1847-1947, (p. 368-69). Robert M. McBride & Company: New York. Viewed 15 March 2017. [DM]



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