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Barbour Bros. silver plated 992 pattern bowl, ca 1881-1891

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This bowl measures 4" high x 5" in diameter. A $1.99 thrift ship find today. It apparently did not have a lid. I found one other example on Worthpoint where it is described as a bowl and part of a coffee and tea set.

    From the Connecticut Historical Society:

    "In 1881 or 1882, Samuel Barbour moved from Chicago to New Haven, Conn., where he and his brother Charles joined in forming the Barbour Brothers Co. At this point, they were only marketers of silverplate products made by I. J. Steane & Co. of Hartford. But the brothers were operating in Hartford by no later than 1889, since the Geer's city directory for that year contains the listing, "Barbour Bros. Co. silverplated ware mfgs.., 64 Market St." (Market Street, located downtown, has been altered greatly since then.)

    In 1892, a decade or so after its formation, the brothers' original partnership was succeeded by the Barbour Silver Co., which also succeeded Steane & Co. The 1889 edition of the Geer's city directory has a listing for "Barbour Silver Co., Silversmiths, 62 Market St."

    Barbour Silver became one of the first silver firms absorbed by the International Silver Co. of Meriden, Conn., when that concern was established in 1898. "


    BARBOUR BROS CO - Hartford, CT
    A business of Charles a Samuel L. Barbour active from c. 1881. The firm marked the silverplate manufactured by I.J. Steane & Co. The firm was succeeded by Barbour Silver Co in 1892

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Barbour Brothers bowl!

    2. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Would this not be a silver piece ? instead of plated. Looks like it with a 992 silver mark.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      You have a point Phil.
    4. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the comments PhilDMorris and blunderbuss2! I believe the 992 is a pattern number. The "quadruple" indicates, I think, that it is quadruple plated.... I wish it was silver!
    5. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      It is plated. "Quadruple" plated indicates 4 X as much silver than the "standard" process was used to plate the object, NOT that it was plated four times. It is a quality mark. When produced it would weigh more than a standard plated object and ideally the plating would last longer.

      992 is the pattern number for the piece.

    6. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks for your comment and information scottvez!

      Thanks for loving my plated bowl!

    7. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      I think the quadruple plating also allowed for the surface to be etched and decorated without damaging the finished silver. You will notice many of the ornate Victorian silverplate pieces, which I also really love, are decorated and molded with wonderful designs, I own one of these, also quadruple. I will post it. :-)
    8. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      All of the visible etching and decoration on this piece was done prior to plating.

      The addition of initials or engraving a presentation (after plating) certainly may have held up better on a quadruple plate item with the thicker layer of plating.

    9. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks for your comments truthordare and scottvez!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Barbour Bros. bowl willigsu!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you welzebub!
    12. Phamy, 1 year ago
      I have the complete set (well, 5 pieces anyway)! Also a thrift shop purchase (but last year, pre-COVID).
    13. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Nice, Phamy. You should post it!
    14. Phamy, 1 year ago
      Yes; will post on separate thread

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