Oneida Falls, Wis.
– Oneida’s silverware wraps were one of the earliest innovations in the jewelry business, but they’re now gone, along with the original design.
The silver-plated wrapping was invented by a young woman named Anne J. Jardine in 1874, and it is believed she made the wraps to sell to customers at the local grocery store.
The first one-piece silverware wrapped was made by her daughter, Anna, in 1880.
Anna Jardines silverware became famous in the 1920s, and the first silverware wrapping made for sale in Wisconsin in 1933 became one of her most popular items.
But by the 1950s, silverware and silverware accessories had gone out of style and were disappearing, with the demise of the silverware trade, according to a study published in The American Journal of Natural History.
“She was trying to sell her product, and so she made it out of cardboard,” said Mary Henson, curator of Oneida Jewelry in Madison.
“And she didn’t think it was appropriate to make a one-ounce wrap.
So, the wraps were sold as an accessory.
And that became a trend.”
The wraps had a different design than other silverware made in the early 1900s.
“It was a simple piece of wrapping, and they could be sold by the bag, or you could make them for yourself,” Henson said.
“So that became an important selling point for the silverworkers.”
Today, Oneida silverworkers make two- and three-piece wraps, but the ones made by Anna Jars are the ones that are still on sale.
Anna’s family started making wraps in 1873, but it was a relatively new practice and one that was not known to the general public until the late 1960s, according in a paper by Henson and her colleagues, published in the Journal of Applied Animal Science.
That was a few years after the first one dollar bill, and before the invention of the one-dollar bill.
“People thought it was strange, and people didn’t understand what it meant,” Hensons research associate Dr. John Buechler said.
Oneida was the only one of Wisconsin’s 13 counties that did not have a penny bill in 1876.
It took decades for the local government to introduce a penny and for a county to adopt a penny-waste recycling program.
In the early 1970s, Oneidas silverworkers began to make the wraps again.
“The silverworkers, or those that made the ones for sale, didn’t know the meaning of the wrapping,” Hentsons said.
In 1978, Henson began a research project to collect and catalog Oneidas silverware in an attempt to bring it back into the silver industry.
“They started a project that started in 1977, and we began collecting the wraps in 1979,” Horsons said of the wraps, which have now been digitized.
The wraps were made in a variety of sizes, and there were four different sizes, according the Henson research paper.
The one-cent wrap was about a third of the size of a penny.
The two-cent and three cent wraps were about half the size, and two-thirds the size.
The five-cent wrappers were about two-third the size and two thirds the size as well.
The four-cent wraps were smaller than the ones, and had a diameter of 1.75 inches.
The nine-cent ones were a little bigger than the five-cents ones, but had a larger diameter than the four-cords ones.
The 10-cent was a little smaller than a dime.
The 14-cent is a lot smaller than an eighth of an ounce.
The 15-cent or 18-cent wrapped wraps had diameters of 2.25 inches, and 3 inches.
And the 18-inch or 22-cent one-inch wrap was a full one inch larger than a penny, according Henson’s paper.
“I have one wrap from the late ’60s, ’70s, early ’80s that I think is a three-cent silverware,” Honsons said, pointing to the wrapping made by one of Anna’s daughters, which was the size one-sixteenth of an inch.
“One-cent wrapping has a distinctive look to it,” Hines said.
And it was not always clear what kind of silverware would be made for the wraps.
“There was a lot of confusion in the marketplace about what kind to make,” Hening said.
Some people believed they were going to make one-percent silverware.
But the wraps are made for a one dollar and one cent bill.
Anna has never spoken about the wrap that is in her family, Henson said.
She said she is proud that her wrap has been preserved and that people recognize the silverwork, and that her family has kept it.
“We have this beautiful, vibrant, colorful,