Holmes & Edwards Other Mark Again??

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Holmes & Edwards Other Mark Again??

Postby Traintime » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:02 am

We've had this B.S.Co. mark arise before with the conclusion that it was the H&E other mark (maybe Bridgeport Silver Company abbreviated) used until just after the turn-of-the-century (i.e. 19th to 20th) by successsor International Silver. Why it is important here to be certain is that it could date this item to help ensure that the spoon is in fact from the Inside Inn hotel of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Due to a realized lack of guest accomodations in the city, hotelman Ellworth Statler built this one-shot wonder within the fairgrounds itself, but none of the original china or silver has been known to be documented before now. The structure with entry towers was dismantled after the fair dates and lost to history. The pattern seems not to be identified nor shown as one for the H&E B.S.Co., so if anyone has another opinion on the maker and era, please weigh-in before someone shouts "Let's get ready to rrrumble!".

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Re: Holmes & Edwards Other Mark Again??

Postby Traintime » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:13 am

Sorry, should read "Ellsworth Statler"...tried to edit the entry preview, but like Fay Wray and King Kong I got caught in a cellular jam and had to back out.

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Re: Holmes & Edwards Other Mark Again??

Postby Traintime » Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:54 am

Footnote: In 1907, the Jamestown Hotel Corporation also operated an "Inside Inn" within the grounds of the Jamestown Exposition. Amazingly, the manager from St. Louis three years prior was also in charge at this establishment. Nothing so far indicates that any furnishings were re-used, but those from 1904 were reportedly sold off with the closing of that establishment.

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Re: Holmes & Edwards Other Mark Again??

Postby Traintime » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:58 am

Gad Zukes! It gets worse..another Inside Inn at San Francisco PPIExpo in 1914-15.

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Re: Holmes & Edwards Other Mark Again??

Postby Traintime » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:33 am

Something good may have come of all this. In searching all these inns, Google brought forth new sources that had not surfaced in earlier attempts. In one, which included several photos and plans, the dining room made its' appearance. Further, Larry Paul was able to ferret out information indicating Onandaga Pottery/Syracuse China supplied the ceramics. Since Statler went with an established quality firm, it seems more likely that the silver was also provided by H&E (through ISCo), and we have seen the mark on this item used in commercial services before. Not a bankable conclusion, but at least a start.


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