The Derby Silver Co. (Factory B) was organized in 1873 for the making of Flatware, being to a large extent the successor of the firm of Redfield & Rice of New York, buying the latter's tools and material. In addition to the manufacture of Flatware, they purchased hollowware from the Wilcox Silver Plate Company, of Meriden, plating it themselves.
In 1878 Henry B. Beach, whose name has appeared in the account of the Wilcox Silver Plate Co., came to the Derby Silver Company and through his efforts the production of hollowware was established and became very successful. When Mr. Beach returned to the Wilcox Silver Plate Co., the Derby people felt his loss very keenly. They cast about for someone who could maintain the high standards Mr. Beach had set and finally selected Col. Watson J. Miller, of New York. Col. Miller was elected secretary and treasurer of the company and in 1890 succeeded the President, E. DeF. Shelton, W. L. Clark being elected secretary and treasurer. Colonel Miller's efforts in behalf of the company were most ably seconded by those of his wife, who showed a remarkable aptitude and taste in the production of new goods. Upon the death of Colonel Miller in 1911, he was succeeded as manager of factory B by Mr. Clark, who in turn was succeeded by I. W. Cokefair, the present manager, who has been identified with the affairs of the Derby Silver Co. since boyhood, starting with the company in 1873.
Among the early salesmen connected with this company were "Ed" Brittin, George Seal, Harry Osborne, Joseph Beach and Mr. Daggett. Henry B. Beach during his connection with the company also sold goods while Mr. Brittin acted, before Mr. Beach's arrival, in a measure as general manager in the manufacturing end of the business. After Mr. Beach's withdrawal, this work fell upon Barnard Culver and he in turn was followed by Colonel Miller about 1879.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 5th February 1919