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James w tufts silver

James w tufts silver

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A stately Victorian paneled and beaded silver plated tea service by James W. Tufts, this collection is only lacking the original water pot, which we now consider a coffee pot. Originally, the slop and creamer were gold-lined. A full set would have cost $45 in 1898.
This mark can only be found on genuine quadruple plate silver. The tea set’s reliability and longevity were improved by the quadruple plating. Scratches, dings, and wear to the silverplate are noticeable, and the creamer’s throat is lacking some plating. The price represents the condition of the item. All antique pieces are sold in their current state. See http://archive.org/stream/finesilverplated00jame#page/n55/mode/2up/search/4507 for the original catalog page.
In the year 1875, In Boston, James W. Tufts manufactured fine silver-plated tableware and intricate silver soda fountains until 1895, when he had to hand over the company due to ill health. In 1915, the shop closed its doors.

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Tufts had patented and begun to produce his Arctic Soda Apparatus, the perfection of which had required much experimentation, within six years of starting his business career. He sold all of his drugstores in order to focus on this new venture. He was so popular that he eventually sold more soda fountains than all of his rivals put together. James W. Tufts’ company has made a full line of soda fountain supplies, including extracts. The elaborately designed fountains, one of which Tufts exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, were made of Italian marble and silver-plated fixtures. He crafted and sold silver-plated pitchers, dolls, dishes, and other items as a by-product of the silver-plating process. In 1891, his company combined with three of the country’s largest manufacturers to create the American Soda Fountain Company, which Tufts led for the rest of his life. He built the model tenements known as the Bunker Hill Terraces in Charlestown in 1890 and founded the James W. Tufts Mutual Benefit Association in his Boston factory the following year, motivated by a sincere interest in the plight of his employees. He was a fan of the nine-hour workday from the beginning.

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The provenance of many of the pieces on display at The American Silver Museum can be checked using the manufacturer’s catalogues. Collectors prize the original catalogues, and many of them can still be purchased at online auctions. Dover Press chose to replicate two Meriden Brittania catalogues in the 1960s due to the success of these beautiful catalogues. Initial pages from one of the catalogues can be seen in our ‘Sculptural Designs’ section at The American Silver Museum!
You will see ‘The Tufts Puppies’ by scrolling through the related catalogues to page 101 in the Tufts catalogues. A photograph of the dogs can be found there. A number of finishes are also mentioned in the catalogue that can be ordered (silver, or gold wash). We were ecstatic to discover the unusual gold wash finish on a tarnished ‘Golden Retriever Match Holder’ we recently purchased.
The products’ prices are also mentioned. They tend to be cheap at just a dollar or two. A two dollar ($2) object in 1898, on the other hand, will be worth sixty one dollars and seventy one cents ($61.71) in 2019! Will a 2019 host be willing to spend $61.71 on a venue for their matches? Those who could and would afford a Tufts match holder were doing very well for themselves in relative terms!

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My chambersticks have been passed down in my family since at least my great grandparents’ time. On the bottom, it says “J. W. Tufts.” and then “Boston.” with a dot diagonally coming out of either side of the “s.” As seen above, there are cycles after “Boston” and “Tufts.”
Hello there, and thank you for taking the time to visit with us. James W. Tufts founded his company in Boston in 1875, and it ceased operations in 1915. It was renowned for its elaborate soda fountains and silverplated products. Mr. Tufts sold his company to others in 1895 due to ill health and purchased 5,000 acres in the North Carolina sandhills, where he established the resort town of Pinehurst. In 1902, he died there.
None of them resemble the one on my pieces, which is devoid of the words plate or plated and lacks any kind of diamond shape. The one that doesn’t have the diamond shape always says “Triple Plate,” and the name and city are typed and set out differently.