Durgin Silver

Some of the best examples of antique silverware are Durgin Silver. These pieces from the William B. Durgin Silver Company are unique examples of craftsmanship that are appropriate for affordable collecting. The history of the company dates back over a hundred years and there are dozens of patterns. Sets and pieces are often embellished with hand engraved highlights. Some of the items will be monogrammed but there are also plain examples to be found. Investing in antiques is an enjoyable activity for a lot of people and these items are a good way to get involved. There is also a great value is finely crafted items made of precious metals.

The William B. Durgin Silver Company began creating utensils in 1853. These high end sterling silver pieces were originally made in Concord New Hampshire. They included flatware, hollowware, and centerpieces. A second factory was constructed in Providence Rhode Island that also produced high quality silver products. In 1905 the company was taken over by the Gorham Manufacturing Company. After fifty-two years, the company still made the same items, but no longer had the original name. They still produced products with the same stamped trademark, but by 1924 the purchase was finalized.

Sterling Silver Durgin Fairfax Sugar Spoon Monogramed
Sterling Silver Durgin Fairfax Sugar Spoon Monogramed $60.00

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CALIFORNIA Sterling Silver SPOON SAN FRANCISCO Golden Gate SOUVENIR SPOON DURGIN
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COLFAX PATTERN SERVING SPOON MADE BY DURGIN
COLFAX PATTERN SERVING SPOON MADE BY DURGIN $71.00

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English Rose by Durgin Sterling Silver Letter Opener HHWS Custom Approx 8
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Colfax by Durgin Gorham Sterling Silver Nut Cracker HHWS Custom Made 7 1 4
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RARE Durgin MARECHAL NIEL Sterling Silver PIERCED 6 3 4 SUGAR SHAKER No Mono
RARE Durgin MARECHAL NIEL Sterling Silver PIERCED 6 3 4 SUGAR SHAKER No Mono $450.00

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Mass produced silver products became more popular during the middle of the 19th century as manufacturing processes were simplified. Numerous distinctive patterns were created and given creative names that were meant to recall a particular feature. Many of the best craftsmen were attracted to the factory to practice special skills of engraving and fancy metalwork. The examples of these items that still exist offer some information on what is important historical social commentary.

Some of the significant patterns include Iris, Colfax, Chrysanthemum, and Dolly Madison. There were options for everyone to have their own distinctive set, as the 1800's saw a huge demand for flatware. The social rules for the time dictated that there be multiple courses at mealtime and that fingers should never touch the food. These factors combined to create large numbers of diverse silver place settings. This is a unique material that needs hand polishing to avoid damage from harsh or aggressive cleaning techniques. This helps give the items a unique appearance that adds to their charm. They are normally resistant to tarnish, but environmental factors can leave stubborn black stains that will need extra polishing to remove.

One of the nice things about these items is that they are still affordable as collectors items. They have significant value as antiques, but they are not out of reach for those who collect them. These older pieces are some of the most valuable, as use of silver significantly dropped off early in the twentieth century. Social conditions changed making it more difficult for people to afford extravagant meals and excess was not consistent with the times. Economic challenges and international instability reduced the number of people who needed sterling silver settings.

Those who are interested in investing in Durgin Silver have some interesting choices. It should not take long to find some appropriate items for sale. This is a great way to start a collection of antiques as an investment or the most extravagant in fine dining. It should be possible to find some low-priced pieces as the record high price for a piece is only $28,000.