Oneida Silver

Silverware collectors look beyond the value of the silver itself and consider also the beauty of an individual piece and the era in which it was produced. Oneida silver is known for its craftsmanship, above all. The reputation for perfection and beauty has made this brand prized by collectors all over the world. There are many resources online for collectors to determine the value of a particular piece. Oneida itself provides a pattern-finder on its website that can be used to identify the patterns from older, discontinued products.

Oneida Silver History
The Oneida brand began with the goal of perfectionism. This was the ethic of John Humphrey Noyes, who started the Oneida community in 1848. The community would become renowned for its production of canned fruit, traps and the product that it would eventually become most famous for: silverware, which included tea services as well as flatware. The religious ideals of the community were rooted in perfecting self and in community so much so that they referred to themselves as The Perfectionists. This founding ideal continued as the community formed Oneida Ltd, the company that collectors of fine silverware are familiar with today.

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Leadership of the company would transfer from John Humphrey to his son, P.B. Noyes in 1894. The new leader was determined to move the company out of the old way of doing things into a new age. He updated Oneida's plants and improved the standards of the company's products. The result was Oneida's largest profit in its relatively short history. The new leader's forward-thinking style was not just limited to the upgrading of the company's product, it included his attitude to the relationship between his workforce and Oneida's management. He believed that the relationship between the two should be one of trust. Because this ethic has continued with the company to this day, Oneida has never had a labor strike. During the early part of his leadership he would narrow the company's focus, selling off the chain manufacture, silk and canning divisions.

A New Era in Silverware
The company would make weapons and surgical instruments for the First World War and thrive even in the hard times of the Great depression. In the 1960's it would take advantage of a new material called stainless steel, changing its focus from sterling silver and silver-plate. Under the leadership of Pete Noyes, the company would ride the wave of the new alloys popularity.

Over the years, the company has maintained its ethic of an excellent relationship with its workforce and a commitment to high quality. They have continuously updated their manufacturing processes and have expanded their line to include such items as china and crystal.