Davidson's Society Chocolates, Northwood

Found only in plates with either one or two sides pulled up. The script lettering reads "Davidson's Society Chocolates."

Plates, double handgrip (card tray)

Amethyst, 500, 800 (both 2007), 825 (2009), 900 (2011), 1,000 (2015),
   475, 650 (both 2016), 650, 900 (both 2017)

Plates, single handgrip

Amethyst, 1,100 (2000), 775 (2006), 850 (2007), 950 (2009), 770 (2011),
   475 (2015)

Amethyst, base chip, 160 (2017)

Lavender, 1,350 (2008), 600 (2009), 950 (2017)


Writing in the International Carnival Glass Association newsletter in March 2011, Don Chamberlain says: The Davidson's Society Chocolates piece is a Northwood Product Featuring the Mums pattern with a basketweave back. These are found in flat plates, single and double handgrip plates. All shapes are six inches.

For a number of years very little has been known about this company. Recently through, Davidson genealogist John Lisle of Nashua, New Hampshire, we now know a bit more about this company. The Davidson Candy Company, also known as Davidson Brothers Candy, was out of Des Moines, Iowa. In the 1900 census James C. Davidson was living in Sarcoxie, Missouri, and was listed as a corn merchant. By 1910 he was in Des Moines at 902 18th Street and listed as a manufacturer of confectionaries. In the 1920 census he was at 1721 Pleasant Street, Des Moines. That is about two blocks from the 18th Street address. James was then listed as a merchant and manager of wholesale fruit and candy.

From further verification in volume three of The Midwestern Magazine published in Des Moines in 1908 there was a reference to a Commercial Club Banquet. The food was provided by manufacturing establishments from Des Moines. From this article I quote the following: "The chocolates came from the firm of the Davidson Candy Company. The 'society chocolates' have not their superior anywhere." An ad in the same issue lists the company as being in Des Moines.

Updated 7/21/2017