Westmorland Silver Company
The small American Silver company founded by Wallace Silversmiths and Wearever Aluminum Inc
Milburn Rose by Westmorland
Westmorland Silver Company was founded in the year 1940 by Wearever Aluminum, Inc. and Wallace Silversmiths. It is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. What is interesting is that Westmorland Silver Company was incorporated during the World War 2 (1939 to 1945).
It is speculated that during the World War 2, there would be a sacraity of Aluminium. It is understand that most if not all aluminum would be provided to naval defense war boat manufacturers. This shortage of Aluminium would adversely affect Wearever Aluminum Inc should America participate in the war in Europe.
Wearever Aluminum tried to lure Wallace Silversmith into forming a new company. With this new company, skilled workers from Wearever Aluminum could still be employed.
Wallace Silversmiths on the other hand had been producing quality sterling silver flatware for decade but marketing of products were not their forte. Impressed by Wearever Aluminum proposal and business plan, the new partnership was formed. It is a jointed effort between the two companies. Wearever Aluminum was put in charged of Westmoreland marketing programs and strategies while Wallace Silversmiths developed and manufactured the 5 sterling silver flatware patterns to be sold on a direct-to-customer basis. Westmorland sell their silver flatware through a door to door sales campaign.
Throughout the next 30 years of Westmorland history, only 5 design patterns were created and marketed under Westmorland. They are namely:
Enchanting Orchid ,
George and Martha Washington,
John and Priscilla,
Lady Hilton, and
However each design and pattern uniquely combine the elegance of Victorian and Edwardian silver craft with the form and functionality of contemporary silverware.
All of Westmorland's pattern remain popular. Today, Wallace Silversmiths continues to produce and market each of Westmorland’s patterns using the Westmorland name.
Related Article: Flatware Patterns by Westmorland Sterling Co.
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