Adam by Oneida Community

June 10, 2013

AdamLaceIn 1917, when Oneida added the Adam pattern to its Community line of high-quality silverplate, the industry was beginning to offer fewer and less elaborate pieces in each pattern. Adam’s oval and ribbon motif, named in honor of British designer Robert Adam, was compatible with the growing interest in colonial revival furniture and housewares. Still, in this pattern, Oneida offered not only the usual knives, forks and spoons, but a cheese scoop, pie forks, lemon forks, and six sizes of ladles.

In my silver booklet Adam 1917, I have documented all the pieces I can find in the pattern, including flatware and china made only for the English market. This information is free.

Click on American Silver Booklets for links to all available digital booklets. You can read them on the screen, print them out, save to your own computer, and share them with others. Always credit the source. Do not use them for commercial purposes.

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Marketing Oneida Silver

May 27, 2013

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The heirs of the Oneida Community made beautiful, high-quality silver. They also promoted it in a competitive market using a innovative techniques. This booklet has been adapted from a chapter of The Community Table (now out of print), to which I have added more images, many in color.

Click on American Silver Booklets for links to all available digital booklets. You can read them on the screen, print them out, save to your own computer, and share them with others. Always credit the source. Do not use them for commercial purposes.

 


History of Oneida Community and Its Silver

May 22, 2013

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My former page The Oneida Community was based on information contained in my book The Community Table. That book is going out of print, but I would like to keep the information available for collectors — without the need to print and mail copies. I am breaking it up into booklets and adding more pictures and more color. The first result is a digital booklet summarizing the history of Oneida, with many illustrations.

Click on American Silver Booklets for links to all available digital booklets. You can read them on the screen, print them out, save to your own computer, and share them with others. Always credit the source. Do not use them for commercial purposes.

 


That Lady Hamilton Woman

August 14, 2012

Flatware, china and crystal, all in the Lady Hamilton pattern by Oneida Community.

For readers of my pages about American silverplate, I have added a new one. That Lady Hamilton Woman shows pictures from the exhibit of Oneida Community objects from the 1930s at the Oneida Community Mansion House Museum in 2012. Click here.


How I Set the Community Table

May 25, 2012

For those interested in the history of the American silver industry, I have added a new page: How I Set the Community Table.

The gentleman with the beard is John Humphrey Noyes, founder of the utopian Oneida Community. The members of the Community made and sold many items to support themselves, including silverplated flatware. Pierrepont Noyes, one of the sons of the founder, led Oneida into design and production of the high-quality Community line of silverplate.

I have been a collector of Community artifacts and a student of its history for many years. Last year I donated much of my collection to the Mansion House and they asked me to explain, in their Journal, how I had come to set the Community table. Click here for the page and the story.