Silversmiths Directory & Sterling Marks

Alphabetical by Name

Beaucraft to Bingham

Beaucraft, Inc.

Providence, RI 1947-1965
Primarily a sterling and costume jewelry manufacturer, Beaucraft also made sterling souvenir spoons and novelties 1950-1965.

Francis A. Beauvais (1823-1897)

St. Louis, MO c. 1851 and c. 1885-1897; St. Joseph, MO 1851-1860; Gayville, SD 1877; and Central City, SD 1879-1880
Was in the partnership of Beauvais & LeBeau with Jean B. LeBeau 1879-1880.  Beauvais’ widow continued his business until she liquidated it in 1898.  Silversmith, watchmaker and jeweler.

Rene Beauvais (1820-1876)

St. Louis, MO  1840-1876
Partnered with his brother Augustus Beauvais in the firm of
R. & A. Beauvais c. 1847-1851.

Becht & Hartl

Newark, NJ c. 1935-1950

Bechtel & Eno

Philadelphia, PA 1861-1866
A company formed by George H. Bechtel, a merchant, and George A. Eno, a silversmith, to manufacture silverware.

Charles Frederick Beckel (1801-1880)

Doylestown, PA 1823-1824 and Bethlehem, PA 1824-c. 1855
Beckel went on to run a foundry he originally acquired in 1826.

John Bedford (1737-1834)

Fishkill, NY  1782-c. 1805

James Ward Beebe / J.W. Beebe & Co.

New York, NY  1835-1849
In the partnership of J.W. & L.D. Beebe 1836-1840.  Worked as
J.W. Beebe & Co. 1844-1845.

John O. Beebe

New York, NY 1833-1835

William Beebe

New York, NY 1848-1850 and Syracuse, NY c. 1855-1869
Silversmith and jeweler.
Was in the partnership of Beebe & Elliott with Daniel Elliott 1866-1868.

Clement Beecher

Various CT 1801-1820
Traveled to sell his silver wares; sold in the towns of Cheshire, Berlin, and Meriden, CT.

William Beecher

Southbury, CT 1826-1840
Silversmith, jeweler and watchmaker.

Kenneth Begay

Scottsdale, AZ 1950s-1977
Highly acclaimed Navajo silversmith, called the “Father of Modern Navajo Jewelry.”  Worked at the White Hogan Shop 1948-1962; the mark shown is from that period.

Beggs & Smith

Cincinnati, OH 1848-1861
Joseph P. Beggs and Harry R. Smith. Succeeded by Smith & Boerner.

J.P. Beggs & Co.

Cincinnati, OH 1842-1843
Joseph P. Beggs.

The Bell Trading Post

Albuquerque, NM c. 1931-1980
Makers of sterling souvenir spoons and sterling, copper, and mixed metal jewelry.

J. & G.R. Bell / Bell Bros.

Ogdensburg, NY c. 1840-1898
Founded by brothers John and George R. Bell c. 1840. Another brother, Elliot Bell, later joined the firm. The name was changed to Bell Bros. c. 1870.

Samuel Bell

Knoxville, TN 1819-1852 and San Antonio, TX 1852-1882
Was in the partnership of Bell, Dyer & Simpson 1819-1820 with
Edmund B. Dyer and James Simpson and later in the firm of
Bell & Delancy 1826-1827.  Served as mayor of Knoxville 1840-1842 and 1844-1846.  Silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker.

Thomas W. Bell (1808-1858)

Philadelphia, PA 1837 and Petersburg, VA 1838-1853

William Bell

Philadelphia, PA c. 1805

John O. Bellis

San Francisco, CA 1906-1943
Maker of handwrought sterling flatware and holloware in the Arts & Crafts style.

Butler Bement (1784-1869)

Pittsfield, MA  1807-c. 1850
Was in partnerships of Bement & Dexter with Nathaniel Dexter
1807-1809 and Bement & Walker with William M. Walker

Benedict & Scudder

New York, NY 1828-1836
Founded by Trowbridge Benedict and Egbert Scudder.  Benedict left the firm in Sept., 1832, and Andrew C. Benedict became a partner at that time.

Benedict & Squire

New York, NY 1839-1845
Martin Benedict and Bela S. Squire, Jr.

Benedict & Son

New York, NY c. 1840

M.S. Benedit Mfg. Co. / Benedict Mfg. Co.

East Syracuse, NY  1894-1953
Founded by M. Stewart Benedict as the M.S. Benedict Mfg. Co.  Reorganized in 1906 as the Benedict Mfg. Co.  In 1902 they acquired the Hamilton Silver Mfg. Co., Benedict-Dunn Co., and the Benjamin-Clarke Silver Co. Primarily makers of silverplate flatware and holloware, they did make some small sterling novelty items. The mark above is from a silverplated item, the mark being registered in 1923.

Andrew Comstock Benedict

New York, NY 1832-1888
Silversmith and watchmaker. Was in the partnership of Benedict & Scudder with Egbert Scudder 1832-1836. Was in the partnership of A.C. Benedict & Co. with Lewis S. Benedict from 1848 until his death in 1888; this firm remained in business until it closed in 1931.

Moses S. Benedict

Katonah, NY c. 1855-1880

Samuel Ward Benedict (b. 1795)

New York, NY  1819-1864

Trowbridge Benedict

New York, NY 1821-1836
Was in the partnership of Benedict & Scudder 1828-1832, withdrew from the firm in Sept., 1832, and continued to work for them.

Barzillai Benjamin

Bridgeport, CT 1815-1819 and 1829-1844; New Haven, CT
1820-1829; and New York, NY 1825-1829

Benjamin & Ford

New Haven, CT  1869-1881
Founded by Everard Benjamin and George H. Ford.  Benjamin died in 1873 and Ford retained the company name to 1881.

Everard Benjamin / E. Benjamin & Co.

New Haven, CT  1829-1873
Son of Barzillai Benjamin.  Formed E. Benjamin & Co. c. 1830 until c. 1864.  Was in the partnership of Benjamin & Ford 1869-1873.

John Benjamin

Stratford, CT c. 1725-1747+

Bennett & Caldwell

Philadelphia, PA  1843-1848
A partnership between James M. Bennett and James Emmett
Caldwell. When Bennett left the firm in 1848, the business
became J.E. Caldwell & Co., a well known jewelry firm which
closed in 2009.

Bennett & Thomas

Petersburg, VA 1812-1828
Initially a partnership between John Bennett and Ebenezer Thomas, the business was dissolved in 1819. A second partnership was then established that same year between John Bennett and John W. Thomas, ending with Bennett’s death in 1828.

John Bennett

Richmond, VA 1805-1812 and Petersburg, VA 1812-1828
A partner in the firm of Bennett & Thomas 1812-1828.

Wm. Bens Co.

Providence, RI c. 1904-c. 1920
Manufacturing jeweler who made sterling holloware, vanity ware, and novelties.

Bentley & Wood

Washington, DC c. 1808-1809
Joseph Bentley and William Wood.

Thomas Bentley

Boston, MA 1796-1803

Peter L. Berg

Chicago, IL c. 1909-c. 1925
Kalo Shop shopmaster. Handwrought Arts & Crafts flatware and
holloware bearing Berg’s mark were made independently by Berg.

W. & S. Berson

Franklin, TN  1832-1838
Brothers William Berson, Jr. and Solomon A.W. Berson.

William John Bessac (1788-1849)

Hudson, NY  c. 1810-1825

Best & Deterly

Cincinnati, OH  1812-1813
Robert Best and Jacob Deterly.

R. Best & Co.

Cincinnati, OH 1815-1817
A partnership between Robert Best, Enos Woodruff, and Jacob Deterly.

Samuel Best

Paris, KY 1801; Cincinnati, OH 1802-1818; and
Rising Sun, IN 1819-1859
Formed a partnership with his brother, Robert Best, as Samuel and Robert Best in 1812 but this lasted less than a year. They became partners again 1817-1818.

Joseph Bevan

Baltimore, MD 1833-1861; Gettysburg, PA 1861-1868;
Williamsport, PA 1868-1885; and Winston, NC 1885-1894
Was in the partnership of C. Blake & Co. with Charles Blake 1856-1861.

Francis Bicknell

Rome, NY 1818-1859

Bigelow & Bros.

Boston, MA 1839-1847
John Bigelow, Abraham O. Bigelow and Alanson Bigelow.
Succeeded by Bigelow Bros. & Kennard.

Bigelow, Bros. & Kennard

Boston, MA 1847-1867
Successor to Bigelow & Bros. and predecessor to Bigelow, Kennard & Co. Makers and retailers of coin and sterling flatware and holloware.

Bigelow, Kennard & Co.

Boston, MA  1867-1972
Successor to Bigelow Bros. & Kennard. Makers and retailers of quality flatware and holloware.

John Bigelow & Co.

Boston, MA 1836-1839
John Bigelow and Alanson Bigelow.

John Bigelow

Boston, MA 1830-1860
Was in the partnerships of John Bigelow & Co. 1836-1839; Bigelow & Bros. 1839-1847; and Bigelow Bros. & Kennard 1847-1860.

Gilbert Bigger (1751-1816)

Baltimore, MD  1783-1816
In the partnership of Bigger & Clarke with Ambrose Clark

Andrew Billings

Preston, CT; Fishkill, NY; and Poughkeepsie, NY c. 1780-1808
Served as a captain in the Revolutionary War.

Daniel Billings

Preston, CT 1790-1795

Charles Frederich Billon (1766-1822) / Billon & Co.

Philadelphia, PA 1795-1818 and St. Louis, MO 1818-1822
Was in the partnership of Chaudron & Billon with Simon Chaudron 1795-1797.

Binder Bros.

New York, NY c. 1919-Present
Makers of sterling novelties and jewelry.

Bingham & Walk

Indianapolis, IN  1883-1892
Harriet A. Bingham and Julius C. Walk.  Successors to Bingham, Walk & Mayhew.  Primarily jewelers, they did make souvenir spoons.

James Bingham

Philadelphia, PA c. 1860-1906

Wheelock Peet Bingham

Indianapolis, IN  1859-1889
Was in the partnerships of W.P. Bingham & Co. with Joseph H. Sprague 1860-1872.  Silversmith and jeweler.