James E. Blake Co.
Attleboro, MA 1898-1936
Originally formed as Sturdy Bros. c. 1859. In 1885,
James B. Blake & Edward P. Claflin purchased the controlling interest
and became Blake & Claflin in 1885. The business was incorporated as
the James E. Blake Co. in 1898. Makers of sterling cigarette cases, holloware,
vanity items and jewelry. Their mark is an intertwined JEBCo.
Charles W. Blake / C. Blake & Co.
Baltimore, MD 1840-1886
Was in the partnership of Blake & Lyon with
Ira C. Lyon 1846-1848 and C. Blake & Co. with
Joseph Bevan 1856-1868. Primarily a silverplater
Porter Blanchard / Porter Blanchard Shop
Gardner, MA c. 1915-1923; Burbank, Pacoima, and
Calabasas, CA 1923-1993
Porter George Blanchard, son of George Porter Blanchard,
was a member of the Society of Arts & Crafts in Boston.
Shortly after his move to Burbank, CA, in 1923, his father
and brother, Richard, soon joined him in his workshop. In
1926 they went by the name Blanchard Brothers, but the shop
was soon renamed the Porter Blanchard Shop. Makers of handwrought sterling flatware and holloware.
Founders of the California Society of Arts & Crafts. The profile mark has been used since c. 1933. Porter
Blanchard died in 1973 and the Porter Blanchard Shop remained in business until 1993. See flatware patterns.
Asa Blanchard (Blansett)
Dumfries, VA 1795-1806 and Lexington, KY 1806-1838
Silversmith, jeweler and clockmaker.
New York, NY 1819
Elbridge G. Blake
Farmington, ME 1855-1903
Unknown town, CT c. 1825
Gardner, MA 1909-1922 and 1937-1958 and
Pacoima, CA 1931-1935
Son of George Porter Blanchard. Worked at the Porter
Blanchard Shop c. 1923-1930.
George & Porter Blanchard
Gardiner, MA 1909-1915
George Porter Blanchard and son Porter George Blanchard. It is believed the
B09 mark has been used independently by George and his sons Porter and
Richard. The B represents the family's last name and the 09 is for the year the business started. A single
letter P mark in conjunction with this one denotes a piece made by Porter and a letter R denotes silver made
Birge & Dickinson
Brattleboro, VT c. 1833
John Birge and ? Dickinson.
J.S. Bird & Co. / J.S. Bird & Son
Charleston, SC c. 1849-1861
John Stiles Bird.
Black, Starr & Frost
New York, NY 1874-Present
Formerly Ball, Black, Co. Makers and retailers of
quality sterling holloware and a small line of sterling
flatware. The present company no longer manufactures.
Birks / Henry Birks & Sons
Montreal, Quebec 1879-Present
Acquired the Canadian arm of The Gorham Co. in 1907. Makers
of sterling flatware and holloware, a number of Birks and Gorham
patterns are the same.
R. Blackinton Co.
North Attleboro, MA 1862-1967
Founded by Roswell Blackinton, Walter Ballou, and
Thomas Mann. Makers of sterling flatware, holloware,
vanity items, and novelties. Purchased by Wells, Inc.; some of Blackinton's
dies were acquired by Towle Silversmiths. See flatware patterns.
Black, Starr & Gorham
New York, NY 1940-1962
John Starr Blackman
Danbury, CT 1805-1840
Silversmith and clockmaker.
John Clark Blackman / J.C. Blackman & Co.
Danbury, CT 1827-1837 and Bridgeport, CT 1837-c. 1870
Son of John Starr Blackman. Was in the partnerships of J.C. & F.S.
Blackman with his brother Frederick S. Blackman 1849-1858;
J.C. Blackman & Co. 1859-1870; and Blackman & Warner c. 1871-1872.
John Birge / J. Birge & Co.
Greenfield, MA 1800-1805 and Brattleboro, VT 1805-1842
Was in the partnerships of Birge & Dickinson c. 1833 and
Birge, Brackett & Co. with Horace Brackett 1838-1842.
Frederick Starr Blackman / Frederick S. Blackman & Co.
Danbury, CT 1840-1896
In the partnership of J.C. & F.S. Blackman with his brother John Clark
Blackman 1849-1858. Worked as F.S. Blackman & Co. c. 1840.
Philadelphia, PA 1795-1821
Wilmington, NC c. 1816-1822
Bird to Blauvelt
V.H. Blackinton & Co.
Attleboro Falls, MA 1888-Present
Manufacturers of badges, military insignia, and swords. Website.
W. & D.L. Bixler
Easton, PA 1830-1835
William Bixler and Daniel L. Bixler.
J.C. & F.S. Blackman
Bridgeport, CT 1849-1858
Brothers John Clark and Frederick Starr Blackman.
Richmond, VA 1838 and Weston, MO c. 1846-1877
Silversmith and jeweler.
W. & S. Blackinton Co.
North Attleboro, MA 1871-1966
Founded by brothers William and Sumner Blackinton in Attleboro, MA, as W. & S.
Blackinton. Louis A. Blackinton was added to the firm in 1879 and the name was
changed to W. & S. Blackinton & Co. A fire caused the company to move to Providence,
RI, in 1898, and it was incorporated as W. & S. Blackinton Co. in 1901, resulting in another move to North
Attleboro, MA. Originally a jewelry manufacturer, the company was acquired by the Ellmore Silver Co. in
1938 and the production of silverplated holloware began soon thereafter. It was purchased by Raimond Silver
Mfg. Co. in 1966 and moved to Chelsea, MA.
Bird to Blauvelt
Chicago, IL Late 1910s-1940s
Arts and crafts style silversmith.
Philadelphia, PA 1811-1819
Was in the partnership of McMullin & Black 1811-1813.