Samuel Kirk

Samuel Kirk

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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.


 

Samuel Kirk Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
A SAMUEL KIRK SILVER WATER PITCHER WITH HINGED LID, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1830-1846 Marks: S.K., 11OZ. 14-3/8 in
A SAMUEL KIRK SILVER WATER PITCHER WITH HINGED LID, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1830-1846Marks: S.K., 11OZ.14-3/8 in...
Lot 75036
Auction 5196
Thursday, November 6, 2014
$4,687.50
A KIRK COIN SILVER PITCHER Samuel Kirk, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1824 Marks: S. KIRK, (Baltimore assay mark), C
A KIRK COIN SILVER PITCHER Samuel Kirk, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1824Marks: S. KIRK, (Baltimore assay mark), C...
Lot 68510
Auction 5076
Monday, September 26, 2011
$4,481.25
A Samuel Kirk Silver Repoussé Coffee Pot, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1830-1846 Marks: (SK), (11/12), S. Kirk &...
A Samuel Kirk Silver Repoussé Coffee Pot, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1830-1846Marks: (SK), (11/12), S. Kirk & Son, 11 ...
Lot 63868
Auction 5260
Monday, June 27, 2016
$1,062.50
A Pair of Samuel Kirk Coin Silver Tongs, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1830-1846 Marks: SAML KIRK, S.K, 11OZ 6-3/8 inche
A Pair of Samuel Kirk Coin Silver Tongs, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1830-1846Marks: SAML KIRK, S.K, 11OZ6-3/8 inche...
Lot 74295
Auction 5297
Thursday, April 20, 2017
$687.50
A SAMUEL KIRK COIN SILVER CHILD'S CUP Samuel Kirk, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1840 Marks: S. KIRK, 11 4 inches high (
A SAMUEL KIRK COIN SILVER CHILD'S CUPSamuel Kirk, Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1840Marks: S. KIRK, 114 inches high (...
Lot 68817
Auction 5166
Saturday, May 10, 2014
$325.00

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