American Silversmiths

Raphael Gilbert
Maria Risley
Philo Baker Gilbert
(Abt 1816-1875)


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Philo Baker Gilbert
  • Born: Abt 1816, Connecticut
  • Marriage (1): Catherine Everett in New York City NY
  • Died: 18 Jan 1875, Richmond VA

  General notes:


  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1830-1868 as a silversmith in New York City NY
    Listed in the 1840 city directory at 106 Reade and 6 Liberty Place in 1859. He was declared bankrupt in 1868.

  • He was a partner in 1838-1840 with Daniel Cunningham in New York City NY as GILBERT & CUNNINGHAM
  • He was a partner in 1841-1842 with Daniel Cunningham in New York City NY as CUNNINGHAM, GILBERT & Co.

  • Alternate Mark for GILBERT & CUNNINGHAM with their wholesale marks
  • He was a partner circa 1842 with James C. Everett in New York City NY as GILBERT & EVERETT, with a shop at 102 Reade Street.
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at New York City NY, listed as a silversmith.
  • He appeared on the 1855 census taken at Brooklyn NY, listed as a manufacturer.
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Brooklyn NY, listed as a manufacturer.

  • He was issued design patent number 2646 on 7 May 1867



    Be it known that I, PHILO B. GILBERT, of the city, county, and State of New York, have invented or produced a new and original Design for Spoons, Forks, Knives, &c., or for the ornamentation of the handles thereof; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings making a part of this specification, in which—
    Figure 1 represents a table-spoon.
    Figure 2 represents a dessert or coffee-spoon.
    Figure 3 represents a fork.
    The top or extreme end of the handle is lozenge-formed, as at a, and terminates in scroll and other ornamented work b. Next to the above ornamentation follows a medallion, c, with a knight's head, e, helmeted. Next, an escutcheon, d, plain, from which projects the narrow portion of the handle f, with sunken marginal and central lines g. Next, the spear-shaped points h, with a band i, and below the band, foliated ornaments j, which terminate where the bowl of the spoon, or the spread-out portion of the fork at the head of the tines, begins.
    Having thus fully explained my design, what I claim, is—
    The above-described ornamentation for handles of spoons, forks, and similar table-ware, as described and represented.

    Philo B. Gilbert

    F. P. Gilbert
    John Marshall
  • Obituary printed in the Brooklyn Daily Union (Brooklyn NY) in Jan 1875, reported that he had died in Richmond while on a business trip for Whiting Manufacturing Company.

Philo married Catherine Everett, daughter of Mr. Everett and Mrs. Everett, in New York City NY. (Catherine Everett was born in 1821 in New York.)

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