Thursday, January 6, 2011
Homan Manufacturing Company Butter Dish
This little fellow is dented, has plate loss and the holder for he butter knife is pinched. I use it to hold pocket change. Old silver always wants to serve, it was born to serve and if you are creative you can find it a job. Plus, I really love the floral motif on this piece.
I am also charmed by the fact that this butter dish was made by a small maker, the Homan Silverplate Co. from Cincinnati Ohio. The mark indicates that it was manufactured after 1896.
Homan Manufacturing Company
Asa F. Flagg -Retired 1854
Henry Homan - Died 1865
M.Miller- Joined as partner in 1854
1865-Firm managed by Margaret Homan (Henry Homan's widow)
and their sons:
Frank Homan (Died 1880)
Joseph T. Homan
Margaret Homan retired in 1887
Originally made britannia ware, german silver and pewter.
1864 or thereabouts began silver plating operations
Were known for their ecclesiastical wares.
Made wares for river boats on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
1896 firm changed names to Homan Silver Plate Co.
1904-1915 (somewhere in there) changed name to Homan Manufacturing Co.
Homan and Co.
Flagg and Homan
Homan Silver Plate Co. (often with snarled anchor in round cartouche)
Homan and Company Cincinnati
Outfit (with cross) on church goods
Richfield Plate Co. (Low cost goods)
Special Metal (with hammer and crucible with H in crucible)
Homan Mfg. Co. (with snarled anchor in round cartouche)