Kirk & Son

Kirk & Son

Also known as Samuel 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

ItemRealized
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 1907Marks... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 75187
Auction 5226
Thursday, November 12, 2015
$6,875.00
An S. Kirk & Son Co. Silver Landscape Ewer with Ram's Head Handle, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905 Marks: S. KIR...
An S. Kirk & Son Co. Silver Landscape Ewer with Ram's Head Handle, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905Marks: S. KIRK AND SON...
Lot 74114
Auction 5261
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
$4,750.00
A SET OF SIX KIRK & SON SILVER WATER GOBLETS, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1890 Marks: S. KIRK & SON, STER...
A SET OF SIX KIRK & SON SILVER WATER GOBLETS, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1890Marks: S. KIRK & SON, STERLING, 402F6-5... (Total: 6 Items)
Lot 75097
Auction 5212
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
$4,750.00
A KIRK SILVER HOT WATER URN Samuel Kirk & Son, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1861-1868 Marks: S. KIRK & SON...
A KIRK SILVER HOT WATER URN Samuel Kirk & Son, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1861-1868Marks: S. KIRK & SON., 11 OZ. 1... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 68144
Auction 5108
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
$4,687.50

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