Sterling Silver Deposit Wares|
Posting Number 2879 Date: 01/29/18 Return to Posting List
from Willson Craigie
Very few are aware of the fact that Frederick Carder knew Joseph Fahys of Sag Harbor, NY. Fahys Long Island company was the premier maker of Silver and Gold watch cases in the US. Mr. Fahys assisted more than 100 Polish & Hungarian Jewish families emigrate to the USthe very best engravers of Eastern Europe at the time.
In 1889, a company Fahys bought, The Alvin Silver Company, began decorating glass objects with a relatively new process : depositing sterling silver onto glass using electrolysis. These products were termed Sterling Silver Deposit Wares and included vases, puff boxes, decanters, bowls, ewers, etc., etc.
In 1903, Mr. Fahys and Frederick Carder began a 9-11 year business relationship. Steuben made blanks for The Alvin Company, their combination produced the very finest US examples of Sterling Silver Deposit. Because of the rising cost of silver and rumblings of the upcoming WW1, thick silver deposit faded into obscurity and was followed by cheaper methods of decorating (the use of stencils, adhesives, etc.) incorporating far smaller amounts of silver. Production of sterling silver deposit using this electrolysis method came to an end by 1912.
Following are some initial photos of Carder Steuben glass and Alvin Silver Co. sterling. In each case, Alvin did the engraving. Time period: 1903-1912.
Steuben Glass - Left - Steuben #1308, Alvin #558
Right - Steuben Glass #1312
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Steuben Glass #1067 10 tall Produced 1904
Alvin Silver Co. #G3802
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Left-Steuben Glass #1074 8 tall
Alvin Silver Co. #G3232 produced 1907
Right-Steuben Glass #1074 10 tall
Alvin Silver Co. #G3233
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