Derby Silver Company (Derby, CT) design catalogues and other historical information (2016)

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Derby Silver Company (1872-1933) design catalogues and other historical information [1] [2]

Introduction, c. 1893:

"DERBY SILVER CO. (THE), Birmingham, Conn.
Makers of Fine Quadruple Plated Ware, Toilet Goods, superior quality. Watson J. Miller, President and Manager; Wesley L. Clark, Secretary and Treasurer; T H. Newcomb, Superintendent."

—D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Derby Silver Co.” (page 211). 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. Viewed 22 May 2016. [A00690-91]



A. Derby Silver Company design catalogues

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Derby Silver Company. (1873). Price list of the finest grades of silver plated ware. 4 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 D42F. Viewed 15 May 2016. [A00660]

derby silver company

Derby Silver Company. (1873). Price list of the finest grades of silver plated ware. 4 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3074) (c. 1991) . University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3074. (See worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00867-70] [3]

derby silver company

Derby Silver Company. (1874). Derby Silver Company’s standard 1874 price list of the finest grades of silver plated ware… 4 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. Q974.62 B619d 1874 - offline. Viewed 15 May 2016. [C00014-35]

derby silver company

Derby Silver Company. (1883). Derby Silver Co.’s illustrated catalogue and price list: of electro gold and silver plated hollow ware, spoons, knives, forks, etc., on hard white metal and nickel silver. 128 pp. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 4 July 2016. [A01036-37; AAA00026]

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Derby Silver Company. (191?). [Sales catalog] No. 2. Approximately 452 pages. University of Delaware biblio number 000125488. Viewed 31 July 2016. [A01122]



B. Derby Silver Company - key secondary resources

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(Undated). "The Derby Silver Company". ("Showrooms were established in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. A considerable amount of silver was shipped to South America.") ConnecticutHistory.org. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00699]

derby silver company

"Derby Silver Company" (pp. 275-77, 419) in Burke, Doreen Bulger et al. In pursuit of beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement, (1986). (Book accompanying exhibition; includes primary source-oriented bibliography). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Rizzoli. Viewed 3 July 2016. [A00522; A00977; A00981]



Footnotes:
[1] Derby Silver Company, Derby, CT, was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1898. [See "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921". University of Connecticut university libraries website. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00660]

[2] For dates of operations: (Undated). "The Derby Silver Company". ConnecticutHistory.org. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00699]

[3] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2, (entry no. 3074). 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00867-68] (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.)



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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 above, please contact artdesigncafe.