Charles Parker Company hardware / vises trade catalogues and historical documentation (2016)

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Charles Parker Company hardware / vises trade catalogues and other historical information

Introduction, c. 1893:

"PARKER, CHARLES CO. (THE)
Charles Parker, President; C. E. Parker [1], Vice-President; W. H. Lyon, Secretary. Manufacturers of The Parker Lamps, Chandeliers, Library and Parlor Lamps, Artistic Brass and Bronze Goods, Coffee and Spice Mills, Vises, Blinds, Hinges, etc. New York Office, 97 Chambers Street."

—D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "The Charles Parker Company" (page 212). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, call no. G1240 .H8 1893. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00749-50]



A. Charles Parker Company hardware / vises trade catalogues

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1886). [Catalogue - vises]. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. Viewed 3 August 2016. [AAA00048].

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1886). Six pages from vises catalogue (1886). Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 960-65), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V. 1 & V.2. (See worldcat.org for other locations.) (Copy in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 3 August 2016. [AAA00048].

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1900). Parker’s vises, ratchet and geared drills. 63 pp. The Henry Ford call no. P.B. ca. 1900. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00745]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises and ratchet drills [catalog no. 6]. 47 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1912). Parker vises grip like a grizzly; Parker vises, the product of master makers (catalogue no. 57). 38 pp. Hagley Museum and Library call no. TRCAT (LIBRARY STACKS). Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01080]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker’s illustrated price list of vises and ratchet drills (number 5). (Insert: Parker’s Eclipse Series, dated Jan. 22, 1912.) 77 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1914). Parker vises. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. Viewed 3 August 2016. [AAA00048].

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1914). Cover of Parker vises (c. 1914). Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 959), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V. 1 & V.2. (See worldcat.org for other locations.) (Copy in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 3 August 2016. [AAA00048].

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1922). Concealed screw device (price list). 6 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 7, Folder 5 – offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-44]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1929). Parker wood screws (pamphlet, no. 47). 2 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 – offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-44]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 12 February 1952). Parker vises: grips like a grizzly (catalog no. 53 - penciled on cover). 12 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received date stamp: 11 August 1922). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalogue no. 57]. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (catalog No. 57-A). 27 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline; Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00032-35; AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalog No. 57-B]. 24 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1930). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (catalog No. 57-D). 20 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-34]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 30 March 1937). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalog no. 58]. 31 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1930). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (no. 146). 31 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-39]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1930). Parker vises: Grip like a grizzly. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. 3 August 2016. [AAA00048].

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1930). Cover of Parker vises: Grip like a grizzly and three pages (c. 1930). Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 959; 966-68), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V. 1 & V.2. (See worldcat.org for other locations.) (Copy in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 3 August 2016. [AAA00048].

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1935). Price list of wood screws. 2 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-33]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 30 March 1937). Handbook on vises: Their care, use and selection. 32 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker Vises: America’s Oldest, Established 1832 [catalog no. 60]. 13 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1945). Parker vises grip like a grizzly [catalogue 61]. 12 pp. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, TRCAT (LIBRARY STACKS). Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01081]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises: First since 1832 [industrial catalog no. 67]. 11 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Handbook on vises, their care, use and selection [no. 110]. 27 pp. . University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-38]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 4 December 1967). Parker vises: Resale net price list (110-A). 6 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Catalogue of Parker’s patent vises. 30 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-36]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises. 2 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-40]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises. 12 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-41]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated; Received stamp date: Feb. 12, 1952). Prentiss Vises. Prentiss Vise Division, the Charles Parker Co. (catalog no. 148). 9 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00052]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker’s vises ratchet and geared drills. 63 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-37]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker’s patent vises, ratchet and geared drills, adapted to locomotive works, car builders, machinists, gun, sewing machine and carriage manufacturers, jewelers, and artisans generally. 53 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389. Viewed 5 August 2016. [AAA00032-35; AAA00052]



B. Charles Parker Company hardware / vises - other primary source historical information

charles parker company

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; Exhibitors including Charles Parker (guns and vises)]. 380 pp. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. Viewed 25 June 2016. [A00965-75]

Hall, Henry. (1895). "Charles Parker", owner/manufacturer, Charles Parker Company, including Meriden Curtain Fixture Company, with illustration (pp. 608-10). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. Courtesy University of California, Berkeley. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00746-48]

charles parker company

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including 5 illustrations of Charles Parker Co. – lamps, fixtures, spice and coffee mills: 48 Elm Street; Parker Bros.: 26 Cherry Street; Parker Clock Co.: 600 West Main Street] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Viewed 2 July 2016. [A01020-21]. (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps webpage.)

charles parker company

Charles Parker Co. (c. 1945). An account of the past and the present activities of the Charles Parker Company and the Bradley & Hubbard Division. 28 pp. unnumbered. Meriden, CT. New York Historical Society call no TS400 .C53 1945. Viewed 29 April 2016. (Copy in the offline Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library.) [A00480; AAA00015]



C. Charles Parker Company - key secondary sources

charles parker company

(c. 1998-2000). The Parker story. The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V. 1 & V.2. (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Viewed 13 May 2016. [A00650]



Footnote:
[1] "’C’. E. Parker" is not clearly legible in the online copy.



DESIGN MERIDEN:
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On Parker guns - 3: designs in collections, expositions, etc. | 4: design catalogues, other historical information, etc.

On Charles Parker hardware / vises - 5: design catalogues, other historical information, etc.



This compilation is currently in development. We are compiling scattered resources across North America and beyond with the goal of identifying a complete set. This initiative aims to enable more productive research and facilitate new discoveries. If you know of original documentation not listed below, please contact artdesigncafe.