V Clad & Sons Inc., was a manufacturer of French stoves, kitchen equipment and confectionery supplies. They were located in Philadelphia, PA. The company was founded by Valentine Clad who from Alsace, Germany. He came to the United States early in life and in 1853 he started V Clad in Philadelphia at the age of 26. At some point his son Valentine took over. In 1892 the original company was succeeded by V Clad & Sons and in 1896 it was incorporated. (Philadelphia Inquirer. February 13, 1902)
Valentine Clad passed away in 1902 at 75 years of age. He left behind his wife, two daughters and three sons.(The Time. Feb 14, 1902)
In September of 1917 V Clad & Sons had a liquidation sale, selling off all their supplies, equipment, customer lists, looking like they were going out of business but I believe the name was renames Victor V Clad Co. The business seemed to focus more on the kitchen utensil business and less on kitchen supplies and candy making equipment.
In November of 1938 Victor V Clad passed away in Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Inquirer. Nov 6, 1938) When he passed, he left 12 employees a portion of the $300,000 he left behind. Clad had put in his will that 35% of his business to be turned over on a share-for-share basis to his employees whether it continued of was liquidated. (Philadelphia Inquirer. Nov 12, 1938)
The company did go on and in 1955 installed the stainless steal kitchen in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City and Bellevue Stratford kitchens in Philadelphia. (The Daily Item. November 16, 1955)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette. September 19, 1917