Meriden Britannia Company historical design catalogues and other historical documentation (2016)

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Meriden Britannia Company design catalogues. Other historical documentation

Introduction, c. 1893:

"MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO. (THE)
In the year 1852 Messrs. I. C. Lewis, L. J. Curtis, W. W. Lyman, H. C. Wilcox and other gentlemen of Meriden, Conn., organized a manufacturing company for the production of articles in britannia metal and adopted the corporate name of Meriden Britannia Co. The officers of the new venture at that early period were Isaac C. Lewis, President, and Horace C. Wilcox, Secretary and Treasurer. The following summer George R. Curtis was made Treasurer, a position which he has occupied ever since. These gentlemen and Dennis C. Wilcox, who held the position of Secretary for many years and until his death in 1886, filled the official chairs from the beginning. From a moderate beginning the plant of this Company has increased until its floor surface covers over eight acres of space. It is one of the representative establishments of its kind in the world. The present officers of the Meriden Britannia Co. are: H. C. Wilcox, President; I. C. Lewis, superintendent; George H. Wilcox, Secretary; George R. Curtis, Treasurer; George M. Curtis, Assistant Treasurer, and George Rockwell, Auditor. H .C. Wilcox has been for years the chief executive officer. Capital $1,100,000. Manufacturers of "1847" Rodgers [sic] Bros. Silver Ware; Gold and Silver Plate on Fine Nickel Silver and White Metal; Tea, Coffee and Water Sets, Candelabra, Epergnes, Fruit Dishes, Cake Baskets, Baking Dishes, etc. etc. Offices: New York, Chicago, Meriden, London, Paris, San Francisco, and Hamilton, Ont."

—D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Meriden Britannia” (page 211) and illustration. 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 1 May 2016. [A00514; A00516]



A. Meriden Britannia Company design catalogues

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1856). [Catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. [1]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1856). Reprinted page of catalogue (1856). In Scheips, Marguerite T. 1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 20). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (Copy in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 1 August 2016.
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Meriden Britannia Company. (1859). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. 73 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56g* TC. Viewed 4 May 2016. [A00596]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (after 1862). 1847 Rogers Brothers Spoons, Forks, Knives, etc. [Catalogue No. 36.] 163 pp. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 51.582; Connecticut Historical Society call no. F974.62 M651mbr#36 - offline. Viewed 28 April 2016. [A00464; C00001-41].

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1864). Price list of articles manufactured by … West Meriden, CT. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, NMAH trade literature, call no. 022537. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00328]
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Meriden Britannia Company. (186?). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. ("Sample room, corner of John & Gold Sts., New York."— cover.) 90 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 186-? M561p. Viewed 14 June 2016. [A00813]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). Heavily Electro Plated Nickel Silver and White Metal Goods. West Meriden, CT. 192 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, see call nos. NK7240 M56f F TC & NK7240 M56 TC*. Viewed 4 May 2016. [A00597]

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Meriden Britannia Company (1867). Heavily electro plated nickel silver and white metal goods. 192 pp. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3098). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3098. (See worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889-91] [2]

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Meriden Britannia Company (1867). Heavily electro plated nickel silver and white metal goods. 192 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00902; A00904] [3]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (15 February 1867). Price list of Britannia spoons, also, plated argentine spoons. 11 pp. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Co. Connecticut Historical Society call no. Q683.82 M651p - offline. Viewed 20 June 2016. [C00014-18].

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. New York; Sears; 192 pp. (Chiefly illustrations.) Library of Congress classification NK7199 .M42 (folio); New York State Library call no. 739 fM56; Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56 TC*; American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, call no. Y795 M561 P867 PF; Historic New England organization, Boston, MA, call no. Rare Ovr. NK7240.5 M47. ("Missing pages 113, 114, 171, 172. Used by Rogers, Smith, & Co." Also, the catalogues listed here may include different versions and publishers.) Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00392; A00909-10; A00924-25]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. ("Missing pages 113, 114, 171, 172. Used by Rogers, Smith, & Co.") 192 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00902; A00904] [6]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (June 1868). … Appendix to Meriden Britannia Co.’s price list of August 1867. Springfield, MA: Samuel Bowles & Co. Printers and binders. 34 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. FF974.62 M651mb; Yale - Folio S43 1867A - offline. Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00940-05; C00014-08].

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1869). The Meriden Britannia Co.’s illustrated and descriptive price list of coffin and casket trimmings. 27 pages. Yale University call no. UT2345 +I55 1869 – offline. Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00940-03]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1870?). Price list of Britannia & planished goods manufactured by Meriden Britannia co. Number of pages unknown. Connecticut Historical Society call no. F974.62 M651mb 1870 - offline. Viewed 10 May 2016. [C00001-18].

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1871). Illustrated catalogue and price list of heavily plated goods manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. West Meriden, CT; 194 pp. University of Chicago call no. xf TS675.M55; Cleveland Public Library call no. NK7199 .M45X; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 40.83.2; Connecticut Historical Society (offline) call no. FF974.62 M651mb 1871; Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, call no. f Trade Cat .M561 1871; Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56i* TC; The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.M475 I44 1871; Yale call no. Folio S43 1871 – offline. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A0324-26; C00001-32; A00610-11; A00894; A00940-07; A00954]

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Meriden Britannia Company (1871). Illustrated catalogue and price list of heavily plated goods manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. 194 pp. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3099). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3099. (See worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889; A00892-93] [4]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (July 1873). Appendix to price list of July 1st, 1871, of heavily plated goods. ("Includes illustrations of such objects as goblets, vases, spoon holders, egg cups, coffee urns, pickle stands, jewel caskets, sardine boxes, and wine stands.") 79 pp. Corning Museum of Glass call no. Meriden Britannia Company, West Meriden, CT, USA; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, barcode 38041988008181; American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA call no. Y795 M561 A873 PF; Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 40.83.3; Yale University call no. 2010 Folio 119; Harvard University Hollis no. 008686240]. (Catalogue doesn’t appear to be in Winterthur’s online library catalogue.) Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00911-16]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (July 1873). Appendix to price list of July 1st, 1871, of heavily plated goods. 79 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [A00518; A00902; A00904] [5]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1874). Illustrated catalogue and descriptive price list of Wm. M. Smith’s fine silver, and gold-plated and oxidized silver casket trimming. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard. 67 pp. [Lacks cover]. Connecticut Historical Society call no. Q393.1 M561c – offline. Viewed 19 April 2016. [C00014-09]

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Stein Patent Burial Casket Works. (1875). Fine chaste funeral furniture: Illustrated catalogue. [“The handles, plates, screws and other ornaments shown on our engravings are from this house" (Meriden Brittania Co.)”] 16 pp. Rochester Museum & Science Center call no. R-58 STE 1875. Viewed 28 June 2016. [A01018]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1876). Recapitulation price list of heavily plated goods manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. ("Issued January 1876"). About 59 pages. Meriden Historical Society. (Copy in the Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library - offline). Viewed 31 August 2016. [AAA00108]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1876). Illustrated catalogue and price list of patent perfection granite ironware. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 40.83.4. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00329].

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1877). Illustrated price list. Electro silver plate. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 40.83.5. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00330].

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1877?). Illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plated ware, manufactured by the …. Plated on nickel silver and white metal. 230 pp. Connecticut Historical Society – FF974.62 M651mb 1877 - offline. (See above as duplication is possible.) Viewed 9 May 2016. [C00001-29].

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1878). Meriden Britannia Co.’s illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate, on nickel silver and white metal. 122 pp. Hennepin County Library / Minneapolis Central call no. 739.2183 M55; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA call no. NK7199 .M4 1878 +; University of Chicago call no. xf TS675.M54; Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 40.83.6; University of Texas, Austin, call no. -F- NK 7199 M4 1878; Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. FF974.62 M651mb 1878 - offline; Rice University call no. NK7199 .M4 1878; Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. Col. 838, shelf 51-B-4. Viewed 20 June 2016. [C00001-31; A00917-23]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1878). Illustrated catalogue and price list of superior electro gold and silver plated ware. West Meriden, CT, 388 pp. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, call no. fTS675.M42 1882 - offline. Viewed 29 April 2016. [A00463-01]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of superior electro silver plated ware. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 1977.595.86. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00331]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1879). Twelfth appendix to Meriden Britannia Co’s illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate on nickel silver and white metal. West Meriden, CT; 140 pp. New York Historical Society call no. NYHS - NK7240 .M47 1879. Viewed 29 April 2016. [A00476]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1880). Meriden Britannia Co’s illustrated appendix and price list of the celebrated pearl agate and granite ironware. 104 pp. Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, call no. Trade catalog Meriden. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00927]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1880). Illustrated catalogue and descriptive price list of Wm. M. Smith’s fine silver, bronze, gold plated and oxidized silver casket trimmings. 48 pages. Yale University call number Folio S43 1880 - offline. Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00940-06]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1880). To H.M. the Queen, Dona Maria Pia (Queen of Portugal). 108 unnumbered pages. The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no TS735.M475 T6 1880. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00926]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1880). [Catalogue]. 14 pp. ("Offers such items as tea and coffee sets, urns, cake baskets, vegetable dishes, pitchers, fruit stands.") "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide. The original doesn’t appear to be searchable via the Winterthur online library catalogue, but see the 1881 entry below.) Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00902; A00904] [7]

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Meriden Britannia Company (1880). Illustrated catalogue and descriptive price list of Wm. M. Smith’s fine silver, bronze, gold plated and oxidized silver casket trimmings. 48 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide. This catalogue doesn’t seem searchable in Winterthur’s online library catalogue.) [A00518; A00902; A00904] [8]

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Lohmann, George H. / Meriden Britannia Company. (1881). Objectos electro-dorados y electro-plateados. 14 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 739.2283 M561c, 1881s. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00928]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1881). [Catalog]. 12 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56ca TC. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00929]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1881). Price list of the Meriden Britannia Co.’s celebrated 1847. — Rogers Bros. — A-1. electro silver-plated spoons, forks, etc. 68 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 739.2283 M561c, 1881. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00930]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1881?). Meriden Britannia Company: Electro gold and silver plate brochure. 16 pp. Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT / Sponsored by Design Meriden. Viewed 1 June 2016. [C00001-26; A00730].

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1882). Appendix to Meriden Britannia Co’s illustrated catalogue and price list of electro gold and silver plate on nickel silver and white metal... 1882-83. (pp. 325-370; "The Appendix includes all new designs since the issue of our 1882 catalogue, and, being in a pamphlet form, should be kept in large catalogue next to the back cover"). Metropolitan Museum of Art, Watson Library, New York, call no. TS675.M56 1881 Q. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00335]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1885?). Illustrated catalogue and price list of staple goods, electro, gold and silver plated, on nickel silver and white metal… Number of pages unknown. Connecticut Historical Society call no. Q739.23 M651i – offline. Viewed 10 May 2016. [C00014-41]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1885). Price list of articles manufactured. West Meriden, CT; 90 pp. (“Company manufactured all kinds of silver articles, including tea sets, tableware, lamps, and candlesticks.” [9] Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56a TC. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00332]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1885). Price list of articles manufactured. 90 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00902; A00904] [10]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1886-87). Gold and silver plate. 450 pp. Yale University call no. 2010 Folio 48; Harvard Hollis no. 008686200. Viewed 9 May 2016. [A00607-08]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1886-87). Gold and silver plate. 450 pp. In the 1982 reprint The Meriden silver-plate treasury. The complete catalogue of 1886-87 with 3200 illustrations. (With introduction by Edmund P. Hogan.) New York: Dover Publications. The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI, call no. 739.23 M561 1982. ISBN 0-486-24364-8. (See worldcat.org for multiple locations.) Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00952]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1887). Price-list of the celebrated 1847 Rogers Bros. AI and 1847 Rogers Bros. XII : gold and silver plated spoons, forks, knives, etc. 111 pp. The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.M475 P755 1887. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00931]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1888). Gold and silver plate. 40 pp. Chicago: Geo. E. Marshall & Co. Chicago History Museum call no. NK7240 .M54 OVERSIZE. Viewed 28 June 2016. [A01019]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1888). [Hand-book of hotel furnishing]. 96 pp. Library of Congress classification no. TS675 .M57; Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. QUARTO 673.23 M561c, 1888. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00612; A00932]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (188?). Finest electro silver plated ware (brochure). 4 unnumbered pages. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 673.23 M561f. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00933]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (189?). Chafing dishes: Nickel silver, silver soldered, quadruple plates. 32 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 642.7 M561c, No. 41. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00936]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1890). [Catalogue]. 1 volume, various pagings. (“Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, contents of a Meriden Britannia Co. catalog pub. about 5 years later.”) Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61c* TC. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00618]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1890). Staple goods: Gold and silver plate. 176 pp. ["This catalogue contains... a complete assortment of 1847.- Rogers Bros. - A1." (p. 2)] Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56st TC*. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00613]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1891). Gold and silver plate. Staple goods [catalogue no. 35]. 58 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 974.62 M65lmbr #35 - offline. (Copy in the Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 25 June 2016. [A00937-02; AA00010; C00001-27]. [11]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1893). World’s Fair: The Meriden Britannia Co. ; also makers of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, knifes, forks, etc. 12 pp. ("Catalogue of silver plated ware displayed in its pavilion at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.") Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT / Supported by Design Meriden. Viewed 1 June 2016. [A00393; A00731]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1893). Gold and silver plate prize cups [catalogue no. 39]. 32 pp. Harvard University call no. FA 995.205 no. 39; Yale University call no. UT2345 +I55 1882:IA; Yale University call no. Yale - UT2345 +I55 1882:IA. Viewed 21 June 2016. [A00937-05; A00938-39; A00940-02; A00941; A00953] [12]

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Meriden Britannia Company / Rogers Brothers Manufacturing Company. (c. 1890). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. 1847 Rogers Bros. [catalogue No. 43]. 141 pp. [Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt, New York, call no. 048815 quarto; Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56d TC*. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00934-35]

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Meriden Britannia Company / Rogers Brothers Manufacturing Company. (c. 1890). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. (1847 Rogers Bros.) [catalogue No. 43]. 141 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [A00518; A00902; A00904] [13]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1895). Price list of Britannia & planished goods. West Meriden, CT; 64 pp. ("Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, the contents of a Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. catalog published about five years earlier.") Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56h* TC. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00333]

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Meriden Britannia Company (c. 1895). Price list of Britannia & planished goods. ("Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, the contents of a Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company catalog published about five years earlier. In 1898 these two firms joined with several others to form the International Silver Company.") 64 pp. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3100). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3100. (See worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889; A00895-96] [14]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1897). [Catalogue no. 50]. No copy known to exist. [A00937-10] [15]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1909). [Illustrated silver-plate catalogue]. Hamilton, ON, 103 leaves. Toronto Public Library call no. 739.23802 M26. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00616]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. (“Includes two brochures laid in at rear that describe the Sharon and Salem patterns of silver plate”… “The Meriden Britannia Co. was a part of the International Silver Co.”) Meriden, CT, 48 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56e TC. Viewed 29 April 2016. [A00486]

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Meriden Britannia Company (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. [catalogue no. 93]. 48 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [A00518; A00902; A00904] [16]

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Meriden Britannia Company (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. [catalogue no. 93]. 48 pp. “Reprint” in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3101). (“Includes two brochures laid in at rear that describe the Sharon and Salem patterns of silver plate”… “The Meriden Britannia Co. was a part of the International Silver Co.”) Also see no. 3012 for a price list that sounds very similar.) (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call nos. Fiche B2264 3101 & Fiche B2264 3102. (See worldcat.org for other locations). [A00868; A00889; A00897-900] [17]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1916). 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. 26 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 739.2283 M561c, 1916. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01125]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1919?). 1847 Rogers Bros.: spoons, forks, knives, etc. / Meriden Britannia Co. [no. 151] 16 pp. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, call no. Trade Cat .M561 1919. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01126]

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Luza, Reynaldo / Meriden Britannia Company / Rogers Brothers Manufacturing Company. (192-). Presenting Silhouette: A new pattern in 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate. ("This portfolio was created and printed in Paris by Draeger for 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate, International Silver Co., Meriden, Conn."—Page [11]. "The drawings are by Reynaldo Luza"—Page [11].) 1 volume, unpaged. Columbia University, New York, call no. AK7240 M543 F. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01127]

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International Silver Company. (1928 or 1929). Silver plated hollowware / International Silver Co., Factory E (catalog no. 34). Meriden, CT: International Silver Co., 187 pp. [Includes ISC (stamped Meriden Silver Plate Co.), pp. 6-126, with Ile of France Modernist line; ISC (stamped Meriden Britannia), pp. 127-49; and ISC (stamped Forbes Silver Plate Co.), pp. 151-187). Meriden Historical Society; Dallas Museum of Art call no. NK5203 .W55 1994. [DMA has this cat no. 34 dated 1910-35]. (Copy in the Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 18 September 2016. [A00257; AAA00164-165]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (193?). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. … 24 pp. New York Historical Society call no. TS730 Box 1 Non-circulating. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00617]



Other trade catalogues without precise years of publication

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Meriden Britannia Company. (undated). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. 90 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. n.d M561p - offline. Viewed 1 August 2016. [C00014-15]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (undated). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. 85 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. Fox 974.62 M651mb - offline. Viewed 1 August 2016. [C00014-16]

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Meriden Britannia Co. (undated). Meriden Britannia Co., finest electro silver plated ware. Number of pages unknown. Historic New England organization, Boston, MA, ref. code EP001.12.012.006.001. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01124]

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Meriden Britannia. (undated). Communion ware book, no. 78. Number of pages unknown. Smithsonian Institution call no 009080. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00614]

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Meriden Britannia. (undated). Catalogue of ecclesiastical gold and silver plate and sterling silver [catalogue no. 184]. Smithsonian Institution call no. 023857. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00615]



B. Other Meriden Britannia Company historical documentation

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Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden" (mentions Meriden Britannia Company), (pp. 424- 426). A history of American manufactures from 1608-1860 (3rd edition, revised and enlarged). 643 pp. Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. Courtesy of University of Michigan Viewed 15 June 2016. [A00816-18]

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(March 1874). “Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut. Meriden Britannia Co. v. Charles Parker”, (pp. 153-62). The American Law Register (1852-1891). Courtesy JSTOR. Viewed 5 May 2016. [A00602; AAA00022]

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O.H. Bailey & Co. (1875). City of Meriden, Conn. 1875: [birds eye view]. Boston. [1 print; lithograph, 55 x 67 cm]. [Includes an image of the Meriden Britannia Co. building below the main image.] Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Viewed 24 July 2016. [A00048; A01099]

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Carroll, George D. (1880). Wedding etiquette and usages of polite society. Number of pages unknown. New York. Published by Dempsey & Carroll, (Incorporated,) 46 E. 14th St., Union Sq. (South), bet. B’Way & University Pl., Store of the Meriden Britannia Company, 1880. Duke University call no. BJ2051 .C37 1880 c.1. Viewed 5 May 2016. [A00601]

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Beckford, William Hale. (1887). Leading business men of New Haven (county) [“Meriden” and “Leading business men of Meriden” (pp. 223-47), including description of Meriden Britannia Co. (with illustrations of building; and advert on inside back cover).] 284 pp. Mercantile Pub. Co.: Boston. Courtesy The Library of Congress. Viewed 17 June 2016. [A00858-59]

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Dillingham, G.W. (1890). On the chafing dish. A word for Sunday night teas. (On front cover: Compliments of the Meriden Britannia Co.; includes illustrations of chafing dishes manufactured by Meriden Britannia.) New York, 72 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 641.58 D578o – offline; Winterthur Museum, Delaware call no. TX 825 O58 S. Viewed 5 May 2016. [C00014-01; A00600]

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Sweetser, Moses Forster. (1891). On the Meriden Britannia Company, and illustration (pp 130 & 135) (direct to pdf). In King’s Hand-book of the United States planned and edited by M. King. [Text by M. F. Sweetser ... Illustrations, etc.] London; Buffalo [printed] Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. Courtesy British Library, London [UIN no. BLL01014841377]. Viewed 25 June 2016. [A00090-92; A00965]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1894). A historical sketch of Madison Square. New York: Meriden Britannia. 47 pp. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Viewed 5 May 2016. [A00598-99]

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Hall, Henry. (1895). “Isaac C. Lewis”, (1814-93), co-founder, Meriden Britannia, (page 498). 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 19 April 2016. [A00394-95]

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Hall, Henry. (1895). “Horace C. Wilcox”, (1824-90), co-founder, Meriden Britannia, (pp. 872-3). 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 19 April 2016. [A00396-97]

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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.

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Meriden Britannia Company. (19th-20th century). Scrapbook of proofs of halftone and woodengraved illustrations of silverware from the Meriden Britannia Company. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 58.569.6. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00327]

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Cumming, Eileen / Meriden Britannia Co. (Hamilton, ON). (c. 1923). Etiquette, entertaining and good sense. 20 pp. McGill University call no. TX871 C85 1923; Bowling Green State University call no. pop TX871 .C85 1923. Viewed 14 June 2016. [A00814-15]



C. Meriden Britannia Company - Key secondary sources

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Snow, William G. (1935). The Cowles family in the Turkey Hills District: The Spoonville factory — its predecessors and successors. 2 leaves. (Subjects include: Meriden Britannia Company, International Silver Company, and William Rogers Mfg Co.) Connecticut State Library call no. HD9537.U64 C69 1935. Viewed 2 May 2016. [A00517]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). An American heritage; a book about the International Silver Company. 183 pp. Meriden, CT: International Silver Company, 1977. (Includes: Meriden Flint Glass Co.: p. 172-181. Also, Meriden Britannia.) Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. NK7112 .H71; Metropolitan Museum of Art call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977; Meriden Public Library call no. R 739.2 HO; Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7112 I61; University of Illinois call no. HD9536.U54 I61; Connecticut State Library call no. HD9536.U54 I58 1977; Art Institute of Chicago call no. 739.20973 H714a. (See worldcat.org for many more locations.) [A00549-55]

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Jones, Timothy. (1981). From byways to boardrooms: business organization in the metal tableware industry, 1807-1898. BA thesis, Williams College, Williamstown, MA; 124 pp. (Subjects include Samuel Simpson; Horace Wilcox; Robert Wallace; Wallace Silversmiths). Wallingford Library (CT) call no. R 739.509 JONES]. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00334]

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"Meriden Britannia" (pp. 275-77, 453) in Burke, Doreen Bulger et al. In pursuit of beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement, (1986). (Book accompanying exhibition; includes extensive primary source-oriented bibliography). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Rizzoli. Viewed 3 July 2016. [A00721; A00724; A00977]



Footnote

[1] See: Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 20). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (At the time, Meriden Britannia bought candlesticks, kettle ears, lanterns and oil cans, etc. from the Edward Miller Company.)

[2] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2, (entry no. 3098). 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00868; A00889] (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.)

[3] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980. [Entry no. 1664, p. 290]. Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 19 June 2016.

[4] See footnote no 2. Entry no. 1665, p. 290. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[5] See footnote no. 1. Entry no. 3099. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889]

[6] See footnote no. 2. Entry no. 1666, p. 290. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[7] See footnote no. 2. Entry no. 1668, p. 291. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[8] See footnote no. 2. Entry no. 1667, p. 290. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[9] See footnote no. 2. Entry no. 1669, p. 291. Viewed 2 May 2016. [A00518-19]

[10] Ibid.

[11] See footnote no. 2. Entry no. 1670, p. 291. [A00518; A00904]

[12] See "Catalogue List, 1889-1897", volume 35. International Silver Company records, 1853-1931. (This document lists out the Meriden Britannia catalogues by number and year, and lists the recipients.) The dating for this catalogue is 1891. (As of 21 June 2016, the CHS has this catalogue dated as “n.d.”.) UCONN – barcode B2445255. Viewed 21 June 2016. [A00937-02]

[13] Ibid. The dating for this catalogue is 1893. (As of 21 June 2016, Harvard has this catalogue dated as 18uu.) Viewed 21 June 2016. [A00937-05]

[14] See footnote no. 1. Entry 3100. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889]

[15 Catalogue List, 1889-1897, volume 35. International Silver Company records, 1853-1931. (This document lists out the Meriden Britannia catalogues by number and year, and lists the recipients.) UCONN – barcode B2445255. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01123]

[16] See footnote no. 1. Entry 3101. (Also see entry 3102.) Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889]

[17] See footnote no. 2. Entry no. 1671, p. 291. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]



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