S.W. Silver & Company began in the 18th Century as Colonial and Army agents, clothiers and outfitters principally to those in the Army and Colonial Service, as well as acting as shipping agents for such people travelling overseas.
1823 Silver and Arrowsmith was dissolved; S W Silver continued to trade in tropical clothing but moved his warehouse, from where he traded, to 9 Cornhill
1852 the factory moved to Woolwich Reach on the north bank of the Thames. The factory continued to expand, employing most of the local population, and the area became known as Silvertown, a name that still exists today.
1864 Together Silver and Hancock took out a patent for waterproofing and insulating materials. With this new patent and Hancock’s experience of cable manufacture they decided to enter the field of submarine cable manufacture and to finance this venture they set up the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co offering shares to the public, and absorbed West Ham Gutta Percha Co.
1864 March: the prospectus of Silver's Indiarubber Works and Telegraph Cable Company Ltd was issued; Silver and Co would continue to be connected with the company which would use the works in Silvertown
1864 July: The name of Silver's Indiarubber Works and Telegraph Cable Company was changed to The India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Company
1860s S W Silver and Co published a regular series of circulars summarising developments, such as mineral finds, in Australia and other colonies.
1898 New company formed, S. W. Silver and Co. and Benjamin Edgington Ltd. to acquire, amalgamate and develop the 2 firms S. W. Silver and Co of Cornhill, London EC, merchants and manufacturers of camping equipment, firearms, leather goods, etc and Benjamin Edgington, of London Bridge, government contractors, manufacturers of tents, camping equipment, etc. Directors included Walter Hugh Silver, Stephen Winckworth Silver