This company began back in 1854, when Albert R. Silver and John Deming formed a company to make agricultural machines, although the "Silver & Deming" name does not date back that far. In the later history of the company, Emmor W. Silver was a principal; he was perhaps a son of Albert.
They began making woodworking machinery in 1866 when the offered Dole's spoke-tenoning and felly-boring machine, patented Oct. 31, 1865. Silver & Deming was created in 1867 or 1868 after L. A. Dole had died, and Dole, Silver & Deming was renamed. In about 1874, Silver & Deming incorporated and became Silver & Deming Manufacturing Co. About the same time that Silver & Deming Mfg. Co. started, they began offering a line of hand operated blacksmiths drills, which eventually expanded into a line of power driven drilling machines. In 1890, the company reportedly split, with one part becoming Silver Manufacturing Co.
Silver & Deming made a variety of machines that were primarily aimed at wheelwrights: hob-boxing machines, spoke-tenoning machines, etc.
Silver & Deming apparently invented the large-size twist drill bit with a turned-down shaft so they can be used in a chuck smaller than the bit's cutting diameter. They did not patent this idea, so the idea was quickly copied by others, but these bits are still called "Silver & Deming drills".
See the entry for Dole, Silver & Deming for a timeline of the various inter-related companies of Dole, Silver, Felch, and Deming.
- According to a 1911 Silver Manufacturing Co. catalog, that company was founded in 1854. Since Silver Manufacturing Co. was actually created in 1890 with the split of Silver & Deming Manufacturing Co., the 1854 date may be the founding date for Silver & Deming. But see also the entry for Dole, Silver, & Felch.
- A November 1872 article in Manufacturer & Builder about the Fair of the American Institute says, "Silver & Deming, of Ohio, exhibit a number of useful articles, principally hub-boxing machines." Three months later, they noted that the company won a medal at the Fair for their "press saw gummer".
- Listed in a work published by the United States Centennial commission, Official Catalog of the 1876 International Exhibition, as a maker of "hub-boxing machines, adjustable hollow auger, spoke tenoning machines."
- The 1876 work, Draft-book of Centennial carriages, displayed in Philadelphia, at the International exhibition of 1876, has the following entry: "Silver & Deming Manufacturing Co., Salem, O.—This well-known firm have long made a specialty of machinery adapted for the use of carriage and wagon makers and blacksmiths; their price-list shows a large assortment in this line, and their exhibit at the Centennial gives a very creditable representation of the degree of excellence they have attained in this important branch. It is located at F-8-54 Machinery Hall, and includes the following labor-saving machines: one Silver's Patent Hub-boxing Machine; one Dole's Patent Hub-boxing Machine; one Dole's Patent Self-centering Arm Hub-boxing Machine; one Silver's Patent Taper Hub-boxing Machine; one Dole & Deming's Patent Spoke-tenoning and Felloe-boring Machine, Hand and Power, No. 3; one each No. 2 and 2 Star Hollow Augers; one No. 3 Improved Blacksmith's Drill, for Power; one No. 3 Improved Blacksmith's Drill, for Hand; one No. 2 Improved Blacksmith's Drill, for Hand; one each size (Nos. 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9) Patent Adjustable Clamps; one Dole's Water Tuyere-Iron. The Silver & Deming Manufacturing Co. received an award on their Hub-boxing Machines, Spoke-tenoning Machines, and Hollow Augers."
- A brief history of the company is given in American Foot Power and Hand Power Machinery by Ken Cope.
Carriage and Wagon Makers Machinery and Tools by Kenneth L. Cope, 2004 page 157