Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport, CT) design catalogues and other historical documentation (2016)

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artdesigncafé - design | Design Meriden | 21 May 2016 | Updated 30 June 2016

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport, CT) design catalogues and historical documentation [1]

A. Holmes & Edwards Silver Company design catalogues

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (1886). Price list of the Holmes & Edwards Silver Company: Manufacturers of the finest electro silver plated spoons, forks, knives, ladles, etc.: all genuine goods are stamped "Holmes & Edwards": factories at Bridgeport, Conn., U.S.A. 35 pp. Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis, call no. NK7240 .H645 1886. Viewed 26 June 2016. [A00996]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (c. 1890). Holmes & Edwards XIV (price list). 10 pp. The Henry Ford call no. P.B. ca. 1890. Viewed 28 June 2016. [A01017]



"HOLMES & EDWARDS SILVER CO. (THE),
the youngest of the Silver Plating Companies of Connecticut has made wonderful progress in a few years. The present management assumed control of the business in 1882, and adopted a policy of superior quality as a basis for best business. It is readily seen by a look at their factory buildings that their business has had an enormous growth during the past five or six years; new and improved machinery has been constantly added, and a new 200 horse-power engine added this year, making a maximum of 400 horse-power for factory use. From three to four hundred hands are employed, and the present capacity of the works is estimated at 200 gross of spoons and forks per day. This company is engaged in the manufacture of spoons, forks and other table flat ware only, a distinctive feature of which is the Sterling Silver Inlaid Quality Spoons and Forks, which is covered by patents; they have a durability hitherto unknown in flatware. Mr. Holmes, senior member of the firm, now deceased, was a son of Israel Holmes of Waterbury, the originator of the spoon and fork industry in this country. The business is under the management of George C. Edwards, President, and Mr. John Cummings, Secretary. The main office is located in Bridgeport, and salesrooms at Chicago, New York and St. Louis."

—D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.” (page 216) and illustration. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 216 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Viewed 22 May 2016. [A00686-89]



holmes and edwards silver company

International Silver Company. (c. 1925). International Silver Co. silverplate: 1847 Rogers Bros., Wm. Rogers & Son, Holmes & Edwards. 40 pp. The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.I5785 I57856 1925. Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00957]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (193?). [Illustrated price list] [catalogue #27]. 63 pp. New York Public Library call no. 3-MNR n.c.10 (Jewelry Catalogues). Viewed 21 May 2016. [A00675]



B. Other Holmes & Edwards Silver Company historical documentation

holmes and edwards silver company

International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. [International Silver Company]. [Acquisitions is 1898-1903 — 1898: “Barbour Silver Company (Hartford), * Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport), * Manhattan Silver Plate, (Lyons, New York), * Meriden Britannia Company (Meriden), * Norwich Cutlery (Norwich), * William Rogers Manufacturing Company (Hartford), Rogers Cutlery (Hartford), Rogers and Brothers (Waterbury), Rogers and Hamilton (Waterbury), Wilcox Silver Plate (Meriden), Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford), Standard Silver Company, Ltd. ( Toronto, Canada)”. 1899: “Derby Silver Company (Derby), Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company (Wallingford), Simpson Nickel Company (Wallingford), Middletown Plate Company (Middletown).” 1903: United States Silver Corporation, including * C. Rogers & Brothers (Meriden). University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT call no. 1980.0008. Viewed 15 May 2016. [A00419]

“*” indicates represented in the UCONN records collection.

holmes and edwards silver company

International Silver Company. (1920-25). What every woman should know about super plate-inlaid (brochure). ("The advantages of Holmes & Edwards Super Plate are described for the customer...") Historic New England organization, Boston, MA, reference code EP001.12.012.006.014. Viewed 24 June 2016). [A00955]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (1931). Holmes & Edwards inlaid: "Something more than plate." 12 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 739.2283 I61ho. Viewed 21 May 2016. [A00676].

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (1937). Sterling inlaid for those who desire the best. 14 pp. The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.H6556 S73 1937. Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00956]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (1935-49). Marketing film. Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library, CT. Viewed 11 June 2016. [A00775]



Footnote:
[1] The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1898. At this juncture, it is not known at Design Meriden if they continued operations under this name after the acquisition. See "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921". University of Connecticut university libraries website. Viewed 15 May 2016 [A00660-61]



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