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Kirk & Son

Kirk & Son

Nationality: American

Biography:
In 1815 Samuel Kirk opened a neighborhood silver store in Baltimore, what would eventually become the Kirk Stieff Corporation, the oldest surviving, highly prestigious silver company in the U.S. Born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a descendent of two prominent English silversmith families, Kirk moved to Baltimore in his late teens after apprenticing with James Howell in Philadelphia. In 1846, Kirk changed the name of his company to “Samuel Kirk & Son” with the addition of his son Henry Child, and again in 1861 to “Samuel Kirk & Sons” when sons Charles and Clarence joined the firm. Although these younger sons left the company after the Civil War, Henry and his son, Henry, Jr., continued the family business after Samuel’s death in 1872.

Kirk silver, or “Baltimore silver” is instantly recognizable by its hand-crafted repousse technique – hammering the reverse side of silver to produce an intricate design in low relief -- which Samuel Kirk introduced to America in 1828. Customers especially desired his repousee tea services, bowls, and flatware with elaborate floral patterns and architectural images. Kirks’ reputation for meticulous craftsmanship and innovative design spread nationwide; famous assignments included renovating 550 pieces of gold flatware belonging to the White House dinner service and creating a 48-piecee dinner service with scenes of Maryland’s history for the sailboat Maryland.

During the twentieth century, Samuel Kirk & Son, Inc. broadened its silver line to include sculpture, jewelry, and pewter decorative objects. In 1979, the Baltimore Stieff Company purchased Kirk, renaming the firm to “The Kirk Stieff Company,” and in 1990 the Brown Forman Co. of Louisville, Kentucky, purchased Kirk-Stieff.

 

Kirk & Son Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
A Six-Piece S. Kirk & Son Coin Silver Tea and Coffee Service with Landscape and Ram Motifs, Baltimore, Maryland...
A Six-Piece S. Kirk & Son Coin Silver Tea and Coffee Service with Landscape and Ram Motifs, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1830-... (Total: 6 Items)
Lot 74144
Auction 5271
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
$10,625.00
A Samuel Kirk & Son Co. Castle Pattern Silver Hot Water Kettle on Stand, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1907 Marks...
A Samuel Kirk & Son Co. Castle Pattern Silver Hot Water Kettle on Stand, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1907 Marks... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 75187
Auction 5226
Thursday, November 12, 2015
$6,875.00
A Group of Ten S. Kirk & Son Inc. Silver Floral Repoussé Goblets, Baltimore, Maryland Marks: S. KIRK &...
A Group of Ten S. Kirk & Son Inc. Silver Floral Repoussé Goblets, Baltimore, Maryland Marks: S. KIRK & SON, STERLING, (... (Total: 10 Items)
Lot 74132
Auction 5348
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
$6,000.00
An S. Kirk & Son Co. Silver Landscape Repoussé Sauce Boat and Underplate, Baltimore, Maryland, early 20th...
An S. Kirk & Son Co. Silver Landscape Repoussé Sauce Boat and Underplate, Baltimore, Maryland, early 20th century Marks: ... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 74122
Auction 5348
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
$2,000.00
Five Various S. Kirk & Son Silver Floral Repoussé Table Articles, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1868 and lat...
Five Various S. Kirk & Son Silver Floral Repoussé Table Articles, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1868 and later Including S. ... (Total: 5 )
Lot 74126
Auction 5348
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
$2,000.00

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PLEASE NOTE: All prices realized reflect the final hammer price PLUS the buyer's premium in auctions that charge a buyer's premium. Each item has a notation at the top of the listing indicating whether that lot included a buyer's premium. All information listed is intended to be as accurate as possible, but errors are possible. Please use this guide carefully and inform us of any inaccuracies.



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ItemCurrent Bid or Price
A One Hundred Fifty-Nine Piece S. Kirk & Son Repoussé Pattern Silver Flatware Group, Baltimore, Maryland...
A One Hundred Fifty-Nine Piece S. Kirk & Son Repoussé Pattern Silver Flatware Group, Baltimore, Maryland, design...
Lot 61281
Auction 5360
Saturday, June 9, 2018
$1,400.00
Seven S. Kirk & Son Repoussé Pattern Silver Flatware Pieces with Associated Stieff Serving Fork, Baltimor...
Seven S. Kirk & Son Repoussé Pattern Silver Flatware Pieces with Associated Stieff Serving Fork, Baltimore, Mary... (Total: 8 Items)
Lot 61793
Auction 5360
Sunday, June 10, 2018
$10.00
A Seventy-Eight Piece S. Kirk & Son Repoussé Pattern Flatware Group, Baltimore, Maryland, designed 1828 M...
A Seventy-Eight Piece S. Kirk & Son Repoussé Pattern Flatware Group, Baltimore, Maryland, designed 1828 Marks: ... (Total: 78 Items)
Lot 61816
Auction 5360
Sunday, June 10, 2018
$1,250.00

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