The Signature Styles of Tilden Daken
Born Samuel Tilden Daken, the artist never signed a painting with the name Samuel. The common reference to the name Sidney is incorrect (his second daughter was named Sydney).
He changed the spelling of his surname from Daken to Dakin around 1918.
The progression of his name iterations and signature styles is helpful in determining the ages of his undated works (he signed over 90% of his paintings).
S.T.D. — Signature until about 1906. Many of these paintings were lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
S.T. Daken — Signature from about 1906 to 1913 (often with a swirling “S”).
Tilden Daken — Signature from about 1914 to 1917 (often indistinguishable between Daken and Dakin).
Tilden Dakin — Signature from about 1918 until his death in 1935.