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Wallace Sterling Silver

Wallace Silversmiths Co. is one of America's oldest and most fabled producers of flatware, dating back to the early 19th century. Robert Wallace founded the company after an apprenticeship under a renowned spoon maker. He bought a ramshackle gristmill and began fabricating spoons, as this was his area of expertise.

One of the major early innovations for Wallace Silversmiths Co. came when Robert was shopping in New York City and discovered a cutlery set by Dixon & Sons forged from a nickel alloy called German silver. Wallace was greatly impressed by the luster and strength of this alloy and purchased the formula from the German chemist Dr. Louis Feuchtwanger for the then-exorbitant sum of $20.

With this new patent, Wallace compounded the first German silver made in America, which would go on to enjoy great popularity throughout the United States. By the time Robert Wallace died in 1892, Wallace Silversmiths Co. had grown to the largest manufacturer of flat tableware in the world, and one renowned for its craftsmanship and quality.


Quick Facts

  • At the turn of the 20th century, Wallace Silversmiths Co. used approximately 1.5 tons of nickel silver and 3 tons of steel daily in their flatware production
  • When Robert Wallace first founded the company, it produced only several dozen spoons a day. Now, Wallace Silversmiths Co. makes thousands of pieces of cutlery each day
  • William Warren was the most famous designer at Wallace Silversmiths Co. throughout the '30s. He was the creative force behind the company's beloved three- dimensional flatware patterns including Rose Point and Grand Baroque

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WALLACE STERLING SILVER TRAY
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WALLACE STERLING SILVER TRAY
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Est: $250- $350
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Wallace And Poole Sterling Silver Dining Articles
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Wallace And Poole Sterling Silver Dining Articles
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WALLACE SILVER CO. 17" SILVERPLATE PLATTER
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
WALLACE SILVER CO. 17" SILVERPLATE PLATTER
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
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4 Pcs Sterling Silver - Flasks & Cup 23.26 ozt
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
4 Pcs Sterling Silver - Flasks & Cup 23.26 ozt
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Pair Wallace Gilt Sterling Silver Salt & Pepper Casters
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Pair Wallace Gilt Sterling Silver Salt & Pepper Casters
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Est: $200- $250
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(2) WALLACE SILVERSMITHS STERLING 'POPPY' BOWLS
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
(2) WALLACE SILVERSMITHS STERLING 'POPPY' BOWLS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
Lovely vintage Wallace sterling heart shaped bowl
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
Lovely vintage Wallace sterling heart shaped bowl
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Sugar bowl and cream jug, 925 sterling silver, Wallace & Sons, USA, late 19th century.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Sugar bowl and cream jug, 925 sterling silver, Wallace & Sons, USA, late 19th century.
by Pari Auktionen
Est: €200- €250
€1800 Bids
TWELVE WALLACE STERLING MONOGRAMMED WATER GOBLETS
Jun 06, 10:00 AM EDT
TWELVE WALLACE STERLING MONOGRAMMED WATER GOBLETS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
TWELVE WALLACE SILVERSMITHS STERLING WATER GOBLETS
Jun 06, 10:00 AM EDT
TWELVE WALLACE SILVERSMITHS STERLING WATER GOBLETS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $1,800- $2,400
$9000 Bids
WALLACE STERLING SILVER BASE GLASS SERVING COLLECTION
May 31, 10:00 AM CDT
WALLACE STERLING SILVER BASE GLASS SERVING COLLECTION
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
R. WALLACE & SONS HAND-HAMMERED STERLING SILVER VEGETABLE BOWL
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
R. WALLACE & SONS HAND-HAMMERED STERLING SILVER VEGETABLE BOWL
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Wallace Sterling Silver


Tremont Auctions

Tremont Auctions

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.