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J.E. Caldwell & Co. Furniture

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With intricate and refined artistry, the jewelers at J.E.Caldwell & Co. have been handcrafting illustrious watches and adornments — including cocktail rings, engagement rings and link bracelets — for nearly two centuries. The American firm, which is among the oldest silver and jewelry companies in the United States, has found acclaim with collectors and buyers worldwide.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, J.E. Caldwell & Co. founder James Emmott Caldwell (1813–81) apprenticed as a silversmith and subsequently trained in watchmaking under the esteemed watchmaker Samuel Ward Benedict in New York City. Following his apprenticeships, Caldwell sought work in Philadelphia, initially securing a position with a wholesale jeweler before importing watches for a jewelry manufacturer. In the late 1830s, he established a storefront of his own, in a stately marble building on Chestnut street. Caldwell partnered with James M. Bennett thereafter in order to launch a jewelry shop nearby that they called Bennett & Caldwell. With the passing of Bennett, Caldwell partnered with a former employer, John C. Farr, and changed the company name, establishing the J.E. Caldwell & Co. of today.

In 1876, Philadelphia hosted the first World’s Fair held in the United States. Alongside the Gorham Manufacturing Company — a legendary but largely overlooked American silver firm — J.E. Caldwell showcased an array of stunning jewelry and silver objects at the event’s Centennial International Exhibition. In the early 1900s, J.E. Caldwell was contracted to fashion a presentation silver tea service — more than 160 pieces — for a newly commissioned battleship, the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. The brand’s exquisite silver wares traveled at sea aboard this battleship — and later, on the U.S.S. Valley Forge — for decades.

J.E. Caldwell & Co. became known for exquisite Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry. Ownership of the firm passed through the family over the years before changing hands to business interests outside of the family. Today a J.E. Caldwell & Co. retail location continues to operate in Philadelphia.

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Creator: J.E. Caldwell & Co.
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Aesthetic Movement Sterling Silver Parcel Gilt Serving Spoon - J.E. Caldwell
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Large, beautiful, Aesthetic Movement, sterling silver, parcel gilt serving spoon (great for vegetables, cake/pie, desserts, potatoes, etc.), J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, Ca. 1880's. ...
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1870s American Aesthetic Movement Antique J.E. Caldwell & Co. Furniture

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Edwardian Period Sterling Silver Card Tray, J.E. Caldwell
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Edwardian period, sterling silver card tray, J.E. Caldwell and Company, Philadelphia, circa 1915. Fluted design. Vacant cartouche. Measures 6...
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1910s American Edwardian Vintage J.E. Caldwell & Co. Furniture

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J.e. Caldwell & Co. furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

J.E. Caldwell & Co. furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of J.E. Caldwell & Co. furniture, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by J.E. Caldwell & Co. were created in the Art Deco style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Shreve & Co., T. G. Hawkes & Comapny, and Lenox's Ceramic Art Company. Prices for J.E. Caldwell & Co. furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $260 and can go as high as $34,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,200.

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