Derby Silver Co
Manufacturers of silver plated and also solid silver products. Founded by Edwin L. Brittin, also founder for Rogers & Brittin
Derby Silver Company, circa 1885.
Derby Silver Co was founded in the year 1872 by Edwin L. Brittin. It is located in Shelton's Canal Street at Derby, Connecticut. Also worth mentioning, Edwin L. Brittin was also the founder of Rogers & Brittin located at Bridgeport, CT in the year 1880. (Collectors' might be interested in the Flatware Patterns by Rogers & Brittin.)
Derby Silver manufactures both silver plated and also solid silver products. The company's vast or wide range of products includes vanity set, flatware, hollow-wares. It is also documented that Derby company also produces special or individually commissioned items too.
Derby Silver Silver Plated Tea Service
Within a short period of only 5 years, Derby Silver moved to a much larger premise at Bridge Street, Shelton in the year 1877. In an old article in the year 1880 by Samuel Orcutt and Ambrose Beardsley, it is documented that Derby Silver then had a workforce of 130 employees. Showrooms were setup in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Derby Silver advertisement circa 1891
Derby Silver produces items for sale for the then famous Sperry and Hutchinson trading stamps stores. Sperry and Hutchinson was a kind of purchase rewards company. It participating trading stamps stores operate the Green Shield Stamps where their customers would received stamps. Customers accumulate the stamps to further redeem for items in their rewards' catalog.
Merged with the International Silver Company,
The International Silver Company was established on 19 November 1898.It form as a result of amalgamation of 14 silversmith company. Derby is one of them. Other notable and large silversmith company forming the International Silver Company includes Meridien Britannia and Rogers Brothers.
Victim of Great Depression
The Great Depression around the year 1929 till the 1930s was the main reason for Derby Silver Company's declincng business Because of the great depression, consumer spending reduces significantly and there were reduced demand for silver ware products. Derby Silver tried using pewter and manufacturing pewter ware. Smith’s father even took his chief designer to New York museums. They tried to duplicate the popular design made by lengenery silversmith Paul Revere. The business for this new pewter ware business was however good but were not enough to rescue Derby. The company was officially closed in the year 1933. It is documentated that after the closure, many workers with 40 to 50 years of service were terminated and no retirement plan or compensation were offered
Today Derby Silver building at Bridge street is still standing. However the building is now occupied by Spongex, a manufacturer of rubber products.
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