Eastern Carolina Silver Company

In 1907 the Eastern Carolina Silver Company opened for business in Hartsville with Major J.L. Coker, President; C. W. Coker; Treasurer; and a newcomer to Hartsville Walter F. Smith, Manager of Manufacturing.

The silver was quadruple-plated holloware made with a copper alloy base which was then electroplated with silver. Each piece of the silver was stamped on the bottom by a steel marker with the image of a small palmetto tree and the name of the company: E. Carolina Silver Co., Hartsville, S.C.

Examples of beautiful Eastern Carolina Silver Company dinnerware.

Examples of beautiful Eastern Carolina Silver Company dinnerware.

A catalogue was published in 1909 showing designs of the pieces using classic forms with southern motifs. Especially notable are the cotton blossom and boll, grape and grapevines, waterlilly, and wild rose designs.


The company dissolved in 1909. Over 5000 pieces were shipped to Chicago for auction and the assets moved to Southern Novelty Company (now Sonoco Products Company).



Casey Hancock

Nerd by birth; chemist by training. Self-employed IT Consultant by trade. So, yeah, nerd.

Other interests include food, wine, technology, animals, design, and wine. I grew up in Hartsville, SC, and went to Clemson University for college. Eventually, I returned to Hartsville to work and live.