BAILEY, BANKS & BIDDLE
Attributed Maker's Mark(s): "BBB", "BB & B", "Bailey, Banks & Biddle"
Information: Founded in 1832 by Joseph Trowbridge Bailey and Andrew Kitchen, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Was commissioned to do several silver pieces for President Abraham Lincoln.
BARBOUR SILVER COMPANY
Attributed Maker's Mark(s): "Barbour S. Co.", "Barbour S.P.C.", "Barbour S.P.Co."
Information: Founded in 1892 by brothers, Samuel & Charles Barbour, in Hartford, Connecticut. Was one of the first silver firms absorbed by the International Silver Company. Worked in silver and silverplate.
BAUME & MERCIER
Attributed Maker's Mark(s): "Baume & Mercier", "Baume et Mercier"
Information: Swiss luxury watch company founded in 1830, as "Frères Baume", by brothers Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume. In 1918, company director, William Baume partnered with Paul Mercier, to found "Baume & Mercier" in Geneva, Switzerland.
BELL TRADING POST
Attributed Maker's Mark(s): "Bell", Bell Pictomark, Bell Sign Pictomark
Information: Bell Trading Company was founded in 1932 by Jack Michelson and his wife, Mildred, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "Bell" was Mildred's maiden name. Sold Southwestern style jewelry at tourist locations until 1969, where Bell merged with several other companies, forming the Sunbell Corporation.
BIGELOW, KENNARD & CO.
Attributed Maker's Mark(s): "Bigelow, Kennard & Co"
Information: John Bigelow & Company was founded in 1830 by John Bigelow, in Boston, Massachusetts. It was later renamed Bigelow & Brothers, then Bigelow Brothers & Kennard, and finally incorporating and Bigelow, Kennard & Company in 1912.
BLACK, STARR & FROST
Attributed Maker's Mark(s): "B.S.&F.", "B.S.F.", "Black, Starr & Frost"
Information: Black, Starr & Frost was founded in New York City in 1810, and is considered America's oldest continuously operating jewelry firm. They've had many notable clients, such as The Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Guggenheims, Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Company Name: Marquand & Co.
Founded by: Isaac Marquand
Purchased By: Henry Ball, Erasmus Tompkins and William Black
Company Name: Ball, Tompkins & Black
Company Name: Ball, Black & Company
New Partners: Cortlandt Starr & Aaron Frost
Company Name: Black, Starr & Frost
Partnered With: Gorham Manufacturing Company
Company Name: Black, Starr & Frost -- Gorham
Reverts back to Black, Starr & Frost
Attributed Maker's Mark(s): "Breitling", "Breitling 1884", B Anchor & Wings Pictomark
Information: Breitling is a luxury watch brand founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling, in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Now based out of Grenchen, Switzerland, Breitling is known for its aviator's watches. Works primarily in steel, gold, and platinum.
Attributed Maker's Mark(s): "Bulova", Tuning Fork Pictomark
Information: Founded in 1875 by Joseph Bulova. Headquartered in New York City, with watches manufactured in Switzerland. Bulova began producing Accutron watches (short for ACCUracy thru elecTRONic) in 1952 that used tuning fork movements which were guaranteed to be accurate within 2 seconds per day, or 1 minute per month.