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Postby silverly » Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:21 am

George L Vose was born in Rhode Island in about 1835.

George L Vose is in the List of Persons, Copartnerships and Corporations Assessed In The City Tax Ordered By The City Council of the City Of Providence, For The Year 1872. Providence: A Crawford Greene, Book and Job Printer, Railroad Halls.

George L Vose & Co manufacturing jewelers Providence, Rhode Island established 1872 is mentioned in Reports of Committees of the United States Senate 1893-94 Washington: Government Printing Office. 1895. (Available on google)

Vose (George L), Southwick (Andrew S), & Co manufacturing jewelers 25 Calender is listed in the 1875 and 1876 Providence Directories. The firm continues to be listed in the Providence Directories on Eddy street from 1877 until at least 1882. By 1884 Andrew S Southwick is in another partnership and the previous partnership is no longer listed.

George L Vose & Co manufacturing jeweler 185 Eddy is listed in the 1883 and 1884 Providence Directories. From 1885 to 1894 the firm is listed at 59 Clifford. In 1895 the adddress changes to 57 Clifford, in 1896 to 80 Dexter and in 1897 59 Clifford. George L Vose & Co is last found in the 1824-25 Providence Directory and still at their 59 Clifford address.
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Postby silverly » Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:51 pm

In the 1860 Census for Washington, Fayette County, Ohio, a sixteen year old C H Ankeny is listed as a silversmith apprentice and is living in the household of a jeweler named Dionisius Furtwangler. In 1870 Charles Ankeny is listed as a jeweler in Richmond, Indiana. In 1880 Charles is listed as a jeweler in Lafayette, Indiana.

Here's a link to an Internet Archive book that gives a sketch of Charles's life: http://www.archive.org/details/pastpresentoftip02deha It fairly well tracks the little bit of primary research that I've been able to do on him.

Although Charles died in 1908, C H Ankeny & Co was still listed in Lafayette Directories through at least 1920.

I cannot comment on the firm Seib & Ankeny other than to say that the style of the punch for their mark makes me think there could be a Canada connection. Truly just guessing here. Seib does not come up anywhere that I have found in jewelry or related trades. That said, it would be my pleasure to be corrected.
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Postby silverly » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:30 am

Lloyd Garfield Balfour was born in Wauseon, Ohio on 7 January 1887.

An Ohio born Lloyd G Balfour is listed in the 1910 Census for Syracuse New York as a commercial traveler. The head of household in this instance was Edmund H Burke. Lloyd and John L Day are shown as Edmund's partners.

In 1913 a certificate of incorporation was granted the Balfour Company of Attleboro to manufacturer jewelry. It had a capital
stock of $50,000.00. Lloyd G Balfour was president, Ralph C Thompson was treasurer, and Ralph E Estes was clerk. Source:
The Metal Industry, Volume II. (available on google)

A 1963 Attleboro Directory listing for L G Balfour & Co:

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Postby silverly » Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:48 pm

The U S Census's between 1790 and 1850 only give the heads of households and numbers of family members by age groups and gender. As an exception though, Philadelphia's first census which was taken in 1790 included occupations; and there may be others, but none that I have come across until today. It turns out that Moyamensing's 1820 Census also includes occupations. These three gentlemen were the only ones with occupations that are likely to be of interest on this site:

Thomas Toice watchmaker
William Smith watchmaker
William Bright S Smith

Moyamensing's 1820 Census only had twenty four pages, so population wise it was not a large township.
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Postby silverly » Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:20 am

Peter Bentzon was born in about 1783 in St Thomas. He's on the list on this page: viewtopic.php?t=19900&highlight=bentzon.

There's an article available through google books that goes into quite a bit of detail about this man. http://books.google.com/books?id=mpmEtc ... 22&f=false

Peter's family members in the 1850 Census for Philadelphia match the family member in earlier census's taken in St Croix.
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Postby silverly » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:23 am

Frederick O Brooks:

In the 1850 Census for Palmer, Massachusetts, Frederick O Brooks is listed as a twenty-three year old jeweler.

In the 1860 Census for Forest, Missouri, Frederick is listed as a goldsmith and his second child who was born in
Missouri is less than a year old. Frederick's oldest child was born in Iowa in about 1853.

In the 1870 through 1900 Census's for Madison, Indiana, Frederick is listed as a jeweler.
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Postby silverly » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:11 am

Brown & Kirby 1840 New Haven Directory Advertisement:

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Postby silverly » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:53 am

This looks close enough to what it is being referred to as quizzing spectacles or glasses in the Brown & Kirby ad.

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Postby silverly » Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:47 am

John Burt Syng, silversmith, witness mentioned in John Welsh will extract:

Dated March 3, 1769. Witnesses, Jonathan Laurence, John Burt Syng, silversmith, Joseph Forbes. Proved, April 20, 1769. Page 20.--In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN WELSH, of New York, mariner. After all debts are paid, I leave all my estate to my friend, Elizabeth Treaffe, of New York, and make her executor.

Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate’s Office, City of New York, Vol. 7, 1766-1771. Collections of the New York Historical Society, Vol. 31. New York, USA: New York Historical Society, 1899.
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Postby silverly » Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:43 am

There is an Israel and an Issac Alexander next door to each other in the 1850 census for New York, New York. It appears Israel later later turned to music.

Isaac may be the gentleman who is listed in the 1870 and 1880 Census's in Washington D C listed as a jeweler and optician respectively.

Both gentlemen immigrated from Germany. Israel was born about 1808, and Isaac was born about 1818.
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Postby silverly » Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:50 am

Voss & Rich of Oakland, California were Otto C Voss & Arthur M Rich.
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Postby silverly » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:59 am

Codding Brothers (Arthur E, James A & Edwin A) are listed in the 1879-80 Attleboro Directory Published by E S Metcalf & Co, Providence, RI. At that time they were manufacturers of rolled plate jewelry. Their manufactory was located in the Whitney's Bldg, North Attleboro. By 1889 the Codding Brothers were in the Codding Bros Building.

About ten years after Leo A Heilborn immigrated to the United States from Germany, Codding Bros & Heilborn, manufacturing jewelers and silversmiths, were first listed in the 1892-93 Attleboro Directory. This listing was maintained until at least 1897. In 1897 the Jeweler's Circular reported that Codding Brothers and Heilborn had incorporated which possibly coincides with their name changing to Codding & Heilborn Co as it was listed in the 1899 through the 1917 Attleboro Dirctories.
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Postby silverly » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:35 am

Horace D Brackett is listed as a jeweler in Galesburg, Ilinois in the 1860 Census . Horace is listed on tax rolls throughout the better part of the American Civil War period and in the 1865 Illinois Census in Galesburg, so he was there at least through the middle of the decade.

Horace is listed as a jeweler in the Monmouth, Illinois in the 1870 Census.
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Postby silverly » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:48 pm

Louis Carl Eisenschmidt was born in Kentucky on 14 July 1855

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1880 Census for Newport, Kentucky, jeweler
1882 Directory for Newport, watchmaker
1884 Directory for Newport, dealer in watches, clocks, jewelry, silverware,
silver plated ware, spectacles &c at 134 York. Younger brother Walter
T was working at the same address, and there is mention of the business
being called L C Eisenschmidt & Bro at some point. In 1910 Walter was
employed as a jeweler in Charleston, West Virginia
1920 Census for Newport, jewelry store owner
1930 Census for Newport, retired
1945 Kentucky Death Records, died 26 March in Newport, Kentucky
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Postby silverly » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:32 am

H N Squire & Sons

The two sons Frances J and George H come into the picture in New York City Directories in 1883.

H N Squire & Sons itself is first used in the directories some time between 1885 and 1887. The father and sons are listed at 97 Fulton dealing in watches and jewelry until 1889 when they are listed in the same line of business at 18 John. Horatio N Squire & Sons are listed at 18 John in New York Directories though 1894.

In 1895 the listing becomes H N Squire's Sons.
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Postby silverly » Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:47 am

Andrew C Benedict is listed in the New York Census's as late as 1880. He is listed as a dealer in watches at that time.

He is last listed in New York City Directories as a jeweler at 28 Bowery in 1889.
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Postby silverly » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:57 am

Bigelow, Brothers, & Kennard from 1849 Boston City Directory

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Postby silverly » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:32 am

V Lollo

Born about 1865 in Italy
1895 New York City Directory Vincenzo Lollo jeweler 220 Centre
1896 Same as above
1898 Same as above
1900 New York, New York Census jewelry
1915 New York City Directory ornaments 218 Centre
1915 New York City Directory Metal Goods Manufacturer 218 Centre
1916 Same as above
1917 New York City Directory Metal Goods Mfr & Metal Ornaments of Every Description
1920 New York, New York census imitation gold jewelry manufacturer
1920 New York City Directory Metal Ornaments 218 Centre
1920 New York City Directory Metal Goods Manufacturer 218 Centre
1930 New York, New York Census ornaments manufacturer
1933 New York City Directory silversmith 208 Lafayette

This is as far as I can go with this gentleman other than to repeat here what has already been mentioned in other posts which is that Arthur Lollo who was Vincent's eldest? has some early 1930's patents for condiment holders and shaker trays, and of course Rainwater's entry about V Lollo manufacturers of sterling salt and pepper shakers c1950.
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Postby silverly » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:45 am

George & John D Battin are listed with Battin & Co gold and silver novelties in the 1895 & '96 Newark Directories.
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Postby silverly » Sat May 01, 2010 6:15 pm

Sylvester S Battin is listed on his own as a jeweler in the 1881 through 1884 Newark Directories.

He is listed with Kerr (William B) & Battin manufacturing jewelers in the 1885 through 1890 Newark Directories.
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