The Farm Boy Who Built New Hampshire’s Only Silver Industry: Concord’s William Butler Durgin (1833-1905)

Fairfax pattern silverware advertisement by William B. Durgin Co.

William B. Durgin’s silver flatware and serving pieces are today still very much collectible and in demand. During the company’s heyday his Fairfax silver pattern was the leading one in the entire United States.

But William Butler Durgin was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.  Though I give credit in the story title to Concord, where he gained his greatest economic success, he was a native of Campton, in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Continue reading