16 May

Tilden Thurber Bldg-Providence

The image above shows the store from which Lizzie Borden stole two porcelain paintings, “Love’s Echo” and “Love’s Awakening”.  She kept one for herself and had it on display in her home (“Maplecroft”) and gave the other away to Mrs. Preston Gardner.  When that one,PO-107.1L “Love’s Awakening” broke, and was taken to the store for repairs, it came out that Lizzie had given it as a gift.  Subsequently, a warrant for her arrest was issued and she made headlines again on




Still housed in its original 1857 painted and decorated iron-facade building, Tilden-Thurber today is an anomaly amid adult video stores and cell phone suppliers. It’s a remnant of the 19th century grandeur and bustle of Providence, Rhode Island’s downtown commercial district.  The business grew from a showroom for locally produced Gorham silver to a classy, four-story department store – Providence’s version of Tiffany’s.

After the store closed in 1991, the building was purchased by real estate businessman Stanley Weiss, who installed the antique business on the first floor and his offices on the upper floors. Now, collectors and connoisseurs come to this stately, hushed store for fine 18th and 19th century American furniture and estate jewelry. You’ll still find Gorham silver here as well as a variety of ceramics, from Chinese export porcelain to 19th century English bone china. — Joellen Secondo

Hannah Gorham
Gorham Thurber
Lydia Lancaster Herbert

William Herbert Thurber
Family Links

William Herbert Thurber

  • Born: 19 Sep 1859, Providence RI
  • Died: 23 Jan 1924, Providence RI

General notes:


Events in his life were:

• Continued in the footsteps of his father as director of TILDEN-THURBER & Co. Helped to develop the creation of original jewelry and flatware designs, as well as expanding the companies other lines. 1

• He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Providence RI, listed as a dealer in silverware.


Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Tilden-Thurber

  1. Mark Potts

    June 16, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    I am looking for any samples of John V. Morse’s handwriting. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    Mark C. Potts 5d Fairway Rd Reading, Pa 19607

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    • phayemuss

      June 21, 2019 at 12:03 PM

      Sorry. I don’t know of any that exists. His signature would appear on his Will, however.


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