Saturday, June 1, 2019

We used to make things in this country, #305 Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co

Simpson, Hall and Miller was a large cutlery and hollowware manufacturer specializing in silver and silver-plating, which was founded in the mid 1800s in Wallingford, Conn. They were well known for their decorative and artistic designs as evidenced by the amount of product that shows up in the antique world.

By the 1890s they also had a large factory and office located in Montreal. The parentcompany was part of a number of related companies amalgamated into the International Silver Company in 1898 and that company continued through the 20th century, thrived during WW2 in war contracts and became Insilco in the 1960s. Under new management the company was diversifying into other fields and closed the silver business on March 20 1981. Insilco did not thrive, it too closed in 1991.
 Though the products and history of the main US company is documented online, the details and fate of the Montreal operation doesn't seem to be and I cannot find evidence of its existence by the 1950s.
Lots of information online on the company and its line of products, Catalogs and hstory here


stroker crazy said...

Simpson , Hall, Miller can't have been too pleased with the glaringly obvious typo in the first image!

Mister G said...

I totally missed that! Thanks!

stroker crazy said...

ex-proofreaders can't help themselves ...