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Glasgow Pottery - John Moses & Co.

Mercer Pottery

O.P.Co. – Syracuse China

Bloomfield Industries
Corning Glass Works

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S. Blickman

S. Blickman is a family-owned business that has moved over more than a century from kitchen cookware to manufacturing chrome goods for hospital settings. According to its website:

"The Blickman story is one of all-American pluck, determination and dedication to doing things the right way!

"The company originated in 1898, the year Sophia Blickman began manufacturing pots and pans in her garage, and selling to neighbors in her New York City metro-area community. The quality of her cookware made Sophia's business thrive. By 1923 the garage was no longer adequate as a production facility. So the S. Blickman Company, as it was then known, moved to a plant in Weehawken, New Jersey. It wasn't until years later – in the depths of the Great Depression – that an employee persuaded her that hospitals, as well as homemakers, needed durable pots and pans, too.

"Eager to explore a new market, Sophia began marketing to hospitals. Thus was born an extraordinary legacy of service to the nation's healthcare industry. Sustained through lean economic times by its reputation for excellence, the company grew, slowly but steadily, and began to add other hospital equipment, fabricated of stainless steel, to its product line. Soon the S. Blickman Company name was familiar, not only in hospital kitchens, but throughout major health-care facilities as well."

I spoke with Rob Freedman, president of the company, a few years ago, and although he grew up in the company, he isn't related to the Blickmans and had no knowledge of the early days when Sophia Blickman was out working in her garage. And he said any company records from that era would long ago have been purged.

What I can determine from the company history, though, means that any flip stamped New York would have been made before the company moved to Weehawken and would be considered to be 1923 or earlier. Anything stamped Weekhawken would be 1923 or post-1923.

The backstamp above solves part of the mystery of what company made Blickman's bowls. It is stamped Hall, with a very faint S. Blickman stamp with the Weehawken location as well. But if you look at the backstamp for the bowl immediately below, you'll see the England, followed by something I can't make out. So there was probably more than one manufacturer that supplied them, and the mystery continues.






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