Silversmiths Directory & Sterling Marks

Alphabetical by Name

Welles to White

Welles & Gelston

Boston, MA 1826-1827
Alfred Welles and Hugh Gelston.

A. & G. Welles

Boston, MA 1806-1811
Alfred and George Welles.

Alfred Welles (1783-1860)

Hebron, CT 1804-1806 and Boston, MA 1806-1830
In the partnership of A. & G. Welles with his brother George I.
Welles 1806-1811 and later Welles & Gelston with Hugh Gelston. Served as a general in the War of 1812.

George I. Welles

Boston, MA 1806-1821
A partner in the businesses of A. & G. Welles with his brother
Alfred Welles 1806-1811 and Welles & Co. with Hugh Gelston

Leonard Talcott Welles / L.T. Welles & Co.

Hartford, CT 1840-1875
In numerous partnerships:
L.T. Welles & Co. with Joseph Church 1840-1841.
Welles & Strong with Charles C. Strong 1841-1845.
L.T. Welles & Co. with James M. Loomis 1850-1856.
L.T. Welles & Co. with George W. Wiggin 1865-1875.

D.A. Wells

Medina, OH c. 1833

Daniel Ivy Wells

Bolivar, TN 1833-1874

Welsh & Bro.

Baltimore, MD 1881-1910
Made sterling holloware; retailed flatware.

George W. Welsh

New York, NY 1845-1876
Succeeded by G.W. Welsh’s Sons, which
remained in business until 1936.

Wendell Mfg. Co.

Chicago, IL 1890-1900
Originally formed in 1885 by Maurice Wendell as Wendell & Co., manufacturing jewelers, the Wendell Mfg. Co. was formed in 1890 to focus on the production of sterling flatware and holloware.  Acquired some Mauser dies in late 1890s.
See flatware patterns.

Charles Wendell

Oswego, NY c. 1855-1859; Lockport, NY 1860-1861; and Chicago, IL 1861-1879
Was in the partnerships of Wendell & Hyman 1866-1875, Charles Wendell & Co. 1875-1879, and Charles Wendell & Sons in 1879.

John R. Wendt & Co.

New York, NY 1855-1870
Makers of a small line of coin and sterling flatware and holloware, highly sought after today. Wendt flatware often contains only the retailer’s mark.  Dies were sold to Adams & Shaw; the remainder of the business was sold to Whiting Mfg. Co.
See flatware patterns.

Bernard Wenman (1774-1833)

New York, NY  c. 1789-1833

Cyrus King Wentworth / Wentworth & Co.

Boston, MA Before 1840; Milledgeville, GA 1840-1844; and
Macon, GA 1844-1847

Joseph Werne, Jr. (1837-1903)

Louisville, KY  1856-c. 1874
A partner in the firms of John Kitts & Co. 1856-1860 with John Kitts then Kitts & Werne 1860-c. 1874.

John Lawson Westervelt (1826-1905)

Newburgh, NY  1848-1903
See flatware patterns.

Westmorland Sterling Co.

A company created by Wearever Aluminum and Wallace Silversmiths to market five sterling flatware patterns and a small amount of holloware directly to the consumer, mainly through door to door subscription sales.  All products were manufactured by Wallace Silversmiths.
See flatware patterns.

Charles William Westphall

Philadelphia, PA  1800-1821

Joseph Wharfe

Baltimore, MD c. 1819

Whartenby & Bumm

Philadelphia, PA 1816-1818
A short lived partnership between Thomas Whartenby and Peter Bumm.

Thomas Whartenby / Thomas Whartenby & Co.

Philadelphia, PA c. 1811-1852
In the partnerships of Whartenby & Bumm 1816-1818 and later Thomas Whartenby & Co. 1847-1852.

Calvin Wheaton

Providence, RI c. 1788-1791

Wheelock Silversmiths

Newport, RI c. 1948-1985
Founded by Frang G. Wheeler and Emil H. Plock.

Samuel H. Wheritt

Richmond, KY 1824-1877

Whipple & Skiff

Springfield, MA 1848-1849
Emery A. Whipple and Valentine W. Skiff.

Emery A. Whipple (1821-1900)

Springfield, MA 1845-1900 and Windsor, VT 1850-1852
Silversmith, jeweler and watchmaker.
Was in various partnerships:
Whipple & Skiff with Valentine W. Skiff 1848-1849.
Ellis & Co. with John Ellis (in Windsor) 1850-1851.
King, Whipple & Co. with Lyman King 1857-1860.
Whipple & Skiff with M.A. Skiff c. 1870.

Harry S. Whitbeck

Northampton, MA 1906-1912
Silver and goldsmith who worked in the Arts & Crafts style, Whitbeck later went on to work for Tiffany & Co.

White Hogan Shop

Scottsdale, AZ  1950-2006
Founded by John and Virginia Bonnell and later owned by their son Jon Bonnell.  Well known shop where a large number of acclaimed Navajo artists produced a wide array of silver items including flatware, holloware, and jewelry.  Most pieces from the White Hogan Shop also include the mark of the individual silversmith who made the item, such as the Allen Kee mark shown in the second photo above.

Charles White (1799-1848)

Mobile, AL  c. 1825-1842

Henry White

Fredericksburg, VA c. 1788-1827
Was a partner in the firm of Brown & White with his former master James Brown 1787-1790.  Partnered with his son William H. White in the firm of H. White & Son 1817-1822.

Peregrine White

Boston, MA 1767-1774 and Woodstock, CT 1774-1810
Silversmith and clockmaker.

Samuel White

New York, NY  1803-1832

Silas White

New York, NY 1791-1798

W.H. White & Co.

Fredericksburg, VA and Philadelphia, PA 1834-1836

Wm. W. White & Son

New York, NY 1858-1873
William W. White and Edward P. White.

William H. White

Fredericksburg, VA 1817-1858 and
Philadelphia, PA 1834-1838 (branch location)
A partner in the firm of H. White & Son with his father Henry White 1817-1822.  Was then a partner in the business of Wm. H. White & Co. in Fredericksburg, VA, with Benjamin H. Smith and William K. Smith 1834-1836.  A second branch was opened in Philadelphia, PA, later in 1834 with John M. Harper as partner.  The Fredericksburg partnership was dissolved in 1836; Benjamin H. Smith was taken on as senior partner, and the company name became B.H. Smith & Co. 1836-1838. The Philadelphia business was also restructured in 1836, becoming Dickson, White & Co. with John D. Dixon and John M. Harper as partners of White’s.  White left in 1838, with the firm then reorganizing as Dickson & Harper.

William Wilson White

New York, NY c. 1826-1873
Silversmith and watchmaker. In the partnership of Wm. W. White & Son 1858-1873.