American Silver Co. / Bristol Brass & Clock Co. / Holmes & Tuttle, Bristol - designs in collections, design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 23 December 2016 | Updated 25 April 2018


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"The antecedents of the [American Silver Co.] were the Holmes and Tuttle Manufacturing Company, founded in 1851. They were taken over by the Bristol Brass and Clock Company in 1857, and operated as their silverware department until 1901. In that year, the spoon business was separated from the brass and clock business, and organized under the name of the American Silver [Co.]. They were bought by [the] International Silver Company [headquartered in Meriden] in 1935."

— Edward P. Hogan in The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities (1980), (p. 98). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (See entry below; also please note that the dating of the objects below regarding company names does not always correspond to Hogan’s dates mentioned above..)


A. American Silver Co. - Bristol Brass & Clock Co. (silverware department only) - Holmes and Tuttle Manufacturing Company - designs in collections (by year)


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1850s

after 1851 - salt spoon

Holmes & Tuttle. (after 1851). Salt spoon. Silver. (Accession no. X70.1019. Viewed 30 August 2017. G00085.)


1880s

c. 1885 - teaspoon

Bristol Brass & Clock Company (presumably silverware department). (c. 1885). Teaspoon. Silver plate. Accession no. 88.112.16. (Viewed 5 March 2017. A01637.)


1890s

c. 1890 - teaspoon, Gladstone pattern

Holmes & Tuttle Manufacturing Company. (c. 1890). Teaspoon, Gladstone pattern. Silver plate. Accession no. 1990.143.4. (Viewed 4 March 2017. A01575.)

19th c. - sugar bowl

American Silver Co. (19th century). Sugar bowl. Silver-plated metal. (Accession no. 1999.90.138a,b. Viewed 15 April 2017. AAA00591-A03.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT.


1900s

c. 1900 - egg spoon

Holmes & Tuttle Manufacturing Company. (c. 1900). Egg spoon. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1990.141.26. Viewed 4 March 2017. A01576.)

1901 - souvenir spoon, U. S. Battleship Maine

Possibly American Silver Co. (1901). Souvenir spoon, U. S. Battleship Maine. Silver. (Accession no. 1971.1480. Viewed 25 August 2017. G00038.)

c. 1900 - dessert fork

Crown Silver Company (Division of American Silver Co). (c. 1900). Dessert fork. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1989.21.2. Viewed 4 March 2017. A01578.)

1901-35 - teaspoon

American Silver Co. (1901-35). Teaspoon. Silver. (Accession no. 1982.0106. Viewed 28 March 2017. A01835.)

c. 1906 - teaspoon, Moselle pattern

Samuel E. Large for American Silver Co. (patented 1906). Teaspoon, Moselle pattern. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1991.94.1. Viewed 4 March 2017. A01579.)


1910s

1918 - two-handled cup

American Silver Co. (1918). Two-handled cup. Sterling silver. (Accession no. 1980.73.1. Viewed 15 April 2017. AAA00591-A02.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

c. 1919 - fork, Warwick pattern

American Silver Co. (patented 1919). Fork, Warwick pattern. Silver plate. (Viewed 4 March 2017. A01580.)


1920s

c. 1920 - citrus spoon, Bradford pattern

Holmes & Tuttle Manufacturing Company. (c. 1920). Citrus spoon, Bradford pattern. (Accession no. 1996.35.2. Viewed 4 March 2017. A01577.)


n. d.

n. d. - citrus spoon, Bradford pattern

American Silver Company. (undated). Spoon. (Accession no. 1991.9.51. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01909.)


B. American Silver Co. - Bristol Brass & Clock Co. (silverware department only) - Holmes & Tuttle Manufacturing Company - design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1850s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1851-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 5 March 2018.)


1870s

1870 - patent - design for handles of spoons, forks, etc.

Charles D. Hall, assignor to Bristol Brass and Clock Company. (13 September 1870). Design no. 4348: Design for handles of spoons, forks, etc. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02459).


1880s

1889 - design catalogue

Bristol Brass & Clock Company. (1889). Catalogue of kerosene burners, lamps, lamp trimmings, etc. [Might include silver designs.] Number of pages unknown. (Updated 21 April 2017. A01879.)


1890s

1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Bristol Brass and Clock Co.”, (p. 208). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. (Viewed 1 March 2017. A01510.)

"BRISTOL BRASS AND CLOCK CO., ... Manufacturers of... German Silver, Silver Plated and German Silver Spoons, Forks, Butter Knives, etc... Geo. S. Brown, Agent. Warehouse, 32 Warren St., New York. Post Office address, Bristol." (Excerpt from above.)


1895 - patent - design for a spoon

Ira B. Smith, assignor to Bristol Brass and Clock Company. (25 June 1895; filed 14 March 1895). Design no. 24,433; serial no. 541,810: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02460).

1896 - patent - design for a spoon

Ira B. Smith, assignor to Bristol Brass and Clock Company. (19 May 1896; filed 13 April 1896). Design no. 25,502; serial no. 587,416: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02461).

1899 - patent - design for a spoon or fork handle

Samuel J. Large, assignor to Bristol Brass and Clock Company. (22 August 1899; filed 26 July 1899). Design no. 31,428; serial no. 725,201: Design for a spoon or fork handle. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02441).


1900s

1900 - patent - design for a spoon or fork handle

Samuel J. Large, assignor to Bristol Brass and Clock Company. (23 January 1900; filed 30 December 1899). Design no. 32,143; serial no. 742,155: Design for a spoon or fork handle. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02442).

1900 - patent - design for a spoon or fork handle

Samuel J. Large, assignor to Bristol Brass and Clock Company. (24 April 1900; filed 31 March 1900). Design no. 32,561; serial no. 11,022: Design for a spoon or fork handle. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02438).

1901 - patent - design for a spoon

Samuel J. Large, assignor to Bristol Brass and Clock Company. (9 April 1901; filed 9 March 1901). Design no. 34,341; serial no. 50,521: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02451).

1901 - patent - design for a spoon or fork handle

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Co. (5 November 1901; filed 8 October 1901). Design no. 35,279; serial no. 77,998: Design for a spoon or fork handle. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02452).

1902 - patent - design for a spoon

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (3 June 1902; filed 10 May 1902). Design no. 35,929; serial. 106,842: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02453).

1904 - design catalogue

American Silver Co. (1904). [Illustrated catalogue of silverware]. 31 pp. Hartford: R. S. Peck & Co. (Viewed 23 December 2016. C00014-33.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call. No. Q 739.23 A512c 1904.

1904 - news brief

(August 1904). News brief: Electroplated Silverware [mentions the American Silver Co. (and includes three illustrations)]. Hardware Dealers’ Magazine, p. 256. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00469.)

1904 - advertisement

American Silver Company. (August 1904). Advertisement: "The American Silver Co., Manufacturers of the celebrated World Brand Table Cutlery, Flat Ware and Hollow Ware..." Hardware Dealers’ Magazine, p. 190. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00468.)

1904 - two advertisements

American Silver Company. (September-October 1904). Advertisement: "The Demand for Fine Table Cutlery... Showrooms: New York, Chicago, St. Louis..." (with illustrations). Hardware Dealers’ Magazine. (Viewed 30 September 2017. G00939; G00943.)

1904 - advertisement

American Silver Company. (November 1904). Advertisement: "... Fine Silverware... Showrooms: New York, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco..." (with illustration). Hardware Dealers’ Magazine, p. 729. (Viewed 30 September 2017. G00949.)

1904 - patent - design for a handle for spoons or similar articles

, assignor to American Silver Company. (19 January 1904; filed 17 December 1903). Design no. 36,737; serial no. 185,595: Design for a handle for spoons or similar articles. (Viewed 22 April 2018. AAA02463).

1904 - patent - design for a handle for spoons or similar articles

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (8 March 1904; filed 11 February 1904). Design no. 36,835; serial no. 193,202: Design for a handle for spoons or similar articles. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02439).

1904 - patent - shutter for chafing-dish lamps

Henry C. Wright, assignor to American Silver Company. (12 July 1904; filed 1 March 1904). Letters patent no. 764,969; serial no. 195,966: Shutter for chafing-dish lamps. (Viewed 22 April 2018. AAA02464).

1904 - patent - heat-insulator for vessel-handles

Everett D. Holley, assignor to American Silver Company. (11 October 1904; filed 9 November 1903). Letters patent no. 772,099; serial no. 218,307: Heat-insulator for vessel-handles. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02454).

1905 - patent - vapor-lamp

Charles E. Trewhella, assignor to American Silver Company. (12 September 1905; filed 9 May 1905). Letters patent no. 799,581; serial no. 259,503: Vapor-lamp. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02511).

1906 - patent - design for a handle of spoons or similar articles

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (10 April 1906; filed 14 February 1906). Design no. 37,942; serial no. 301,083: Design for a handle of spoons or similar articles. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02456).

1906 - patent - percolator

Charles E. Trewhella, assignor to American Silver Company. (27 March 1906; filed 26 August 1905). Letters patent no. 816,514; serial no. 275,864: Percolator. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02512).

1906 - patent - vapor-lamp

Charles E. Trewhella, assignor to American Silver Company. (21 August 1906; filed 20 October 1905). Letters patent no. 829,129; serial no. 283,693: Vapor-lamp. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02513).

1906 - patent - percolator

Henry C. Wright, assignor to American Silver Company. (13 November 1906; filed 3 July 1906). Letters patent no. 835,804; serial no. 324,582: Percolator. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02514).

1906 - patent - percolator

Charles E. Trewhella, assignor to American Silver Company. (11 December 1906; filed 10 October 1906). Letters patent no. 838,224; serial no. 338,265: Percolator. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02515).

c. 1906 - illustration / map

Hughes & Bailey. (c. 1906). Bird’s eye view of Bristol, Conn. 1907. [Includes illustration of American Silver Co. building.] (Viewed 1 March 2017. A01511.)

1907 - patent - beverage-making device

Dwight Stoors Holley, assignor to American Silver Company. (9 April 1907; filed 14 July 1906). Letters patent no. 849,613; serial no. 326,264: Beverage-making device. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02516).

1907 - patent - design for a handle of spoons or similar articles

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (25 June 1907; filed 6 March 1907). Design no. 38,635; serial no. 360,988: Design for a handle of spoons or similar articles. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02520).

1907 - patent - fork and analogous implement

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (16 July 1907; filed 10 October 1906). Letters patent no. 860,219; serial no. 338,276: Fork and analogous implement. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02521).

1907 - patent - detachable handle

Charles E. Trewhella, assignor to American Silver Company. (16 July 1907; filed 17 February 1906). Letters patent no. 860,270; serial no. 301,600: Detachable handle. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02518).

1907 - patent - design for a handle of spoons, forks, or similar articles

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (10 September 1907; filed 13 August 1907). Design no. 38,790; serial no. 388,432: Design for a handle of spoons, forks, or similar articles. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02457).

1907 - patent - percolator

Charles E. Trewhella, assignor to American Silver Company. (24 September 1907; filed 7 November 1906). Letters patent no. 866,985; serial no. 343,380: Percolator. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02519).

1908 - design catalogue

American Silver Co. (July 1908). Catalogue of silver plated hollowware. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 21 April 2017. A01878.)

1908 - patent - percolator

Charles E. Trewhella, assignor to American Silver Company. (7 January 1908; filed 13 April 1906). Letters patent no. 876,110; serial no. 311,505: Percolator. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02522).

1908 - patent - percolator

Julian R. Holley, assignor to American Silver Company. (15 December 1908; filed 1 February 1908). Letters patent no. 906,629; serial no. 413,865: Percolator. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02523).

1909 - patent - design for a handle of spoons, forks, or similar articles

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (20 April 1909; filed 23 February 1909). Design no. 39,920; serial no. 479,663: Design for a handle of spoons, forks, or similar articles. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02458).

1909 - patent - shutter for chafing-dish lamps

Everett D. Holley, assignor to American Silver Company. (29 June 1909; filed 26 January 1909). Letters patent no. 926,487; serial no. 474,345: Shutter for chafing-dish lamps. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02474).

1909 - patent - electric heater

Charles E. Trewhella and Everett D. Holley, assignor to American Silver Company. (3 August 1909; filed 17 July 1907). Letters patent no. 929,901; serial no. 384,221: Electric heater. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02517).

early 20th c. - design catalogue

American Silver Co. (early 20th century). Illustrated catalogue of silverware. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 21 April 2017. A01877.)


1910s

1913 - patent - design for a spoon, fork, or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (18 February 1913; filed 25 May 1912). Design no. 43,573; serial no. 699,809: Design for a spoon, fork, or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02440).

1913 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, forks, or similar articles

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (23 December 1913; filed 13 October 1913). Design no. 45,066; serial no. 795,017: Design for a handle for spoons, forks, or similar articles. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02443).

1914 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, forks, and similar articles

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (2 June 1914; filed 30 March 1914). Design no. 45,885; serial no. 828,407: Design for a handle for spoons, forks, and similar articles. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02444).

1916 - patent - design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (19 December 1916; filed 23 September 1916). Design no. 50,068; serial no. 121,895: Design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02446).

1916 - patent - design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (19 December 1916; filed 23 September 1916). Design no. 50,069; serial no. 121,896: Design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02445).

1916 - patent - design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (19 December 1916; filed 23 September 1916). Design no. 50,070; serial no. 121,897: Design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02447).

1916 - patent - design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (19 December 1916; filed 23 September 1916). Design no. 50,071; serial no. 121,898: Design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02448).

1919 - patent - design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (7 October 1919; filed 21 May 1919). Design no. 53,921; serial no. 298,799: Design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02450).

1919 - patent - design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (7 October 1919; filed 21 May 1919). Design no. 53,922; serial no. 298,800: Design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02462).


1920s

1921 - design catalogue

American Silver Co. (1921). World brand silverware and fine table cutlery. Bristol, CT. (Viewed 13 January 2017.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogues, Box 1, Folder 3.

1921 - map

(1921). Bristol, Connecticut map, (p. 5 showing American Silver Co. complex). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 37 leaves. (Viewed 1 March 2017. A01512.)

1922 - patent - design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (4 April 1922; filed 19 January 1922). Design no. 60,752: Design for a handle for a spoon, fork, or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02449).

1926 - patent - design for a spoon or similar article

Samuel J. Large, assignor to American Silver Company. (27 July 1926; filed 10 April 1926). Design no. 70,690; serial no. 16,479: Design for a spoon or similar article. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02455).


1930s

1930 - design catalogue

Welcome Soap. (1930). Welcome Soap... 1000 Premiums [gifts redeemed in exchange for front panels of Welcome Soap]. American Silver Co.knives, forks and spoons, p. 7. (Viewed 2 December 2017. G01761.)



American Silver Co. became part of the International Silver Company in 1935. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the American Silver Co. division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).



1940s

1947 - historical information

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "American Silver Co." mentions, (pp. 146, 173). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Holmes & Tuttle Manufacturing Company" mentions, (pp. 128, 146). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

1949 - advertisement

American Home Foods. (3 October 1949). Advertisement for Duff’s Devil Food Mix with American Silver Co. / International Silver Company promotion, cake server, Waverly pattern [with illustration]. LIFE magazine, p. 107. (Viewed 6 December 2017. G01801.)

1949 - advertisement

American Home Foods. (24 October 1949). Advertisement for Duff’s Devil Food Mix with American Silver Co. / International Silver Company promotion, cake server, Waverly pattern [with illustration]. LIFE magazine, p. 10. (Viewed 6 December 2017. G01802.)

1949 - advertisement

American Home Foods. (14 November 1949). Advertisement for Duff’s Devil’s Food Mix with American Silver Co. / International Silver Company promotion, a silver cake server, Waverly pattern [with illustration]. LIFE magazine, p. 25. (Viewed 26 October 2017. G01629.)

1949 - advertisement

American Home Foods. (5 December 1949). Advertisement for Duff’s Devil’s Food Mix with American Silver Co. / International Silver Company promotion, a silver cake server, Waverly pattern [with illustration]. LIFE magazine, p. 85. (Viewed 26 October 2017. G01630.)


1950s

1950 - advertisement

American Home Foods. (20 February 1950). Advertisement for Duff’s Devil’s Food Mix with American Silver Co. / International Silver Company promotion, cake and salad forks, Waverly pattern [with illustration]. LIFE magazine, p. 111. (Viewed 26 October 2017. G01631.)

1950 - advertisement

American Home Foods. (20 March 1950). Advertisement for Duff’s White Cake Mix with American Silver Co. / International Silver Company promotion, cake and salad forks, Waverly pattern [with illustration]. LIFE magazine, p. 65. (Viewed 26 October 2017. G01632.)

1950 - advertisement

American Home Foods. (24 April 1950). Advertisement for Duff’s Devil’s Food Mix with American Silver Co. / International Silver Company promotion, cake and salad forks, Waverly pattern [with illustration]. LIFE magazine, p. 29. (Viewed 26 October 2017. G01633.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver companies that were connected to the International Silver Company, and those from the Meriden area; go to the historical Meriden design overview page and scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".



1960s

1968 - magazine article

(November 1968). [Moselle (American Silver Co.) flatware pattern]. Silver Magazine. (See March 1969 entry below. Viewed 6 September 2017. G00209.)

1969 - magazine article

(March 1969). [Moselle (American Silver Co.) flatware pattern]. Silver Magazine. (See November 1968 entry above. Viewed 13 September 2017. G00209.)


1970s

1977 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "American Silver Co.", [pp. 143 (Photo of "Moselle" pattern fork (undated), 158, 166-67]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

1980 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "American Silver Company" mention, (p. 98-9, including photo of spoon, undated). In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (See excerpt above. Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


2000s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Holmes & Tuttle Mfg. Co.", "Bristol Brass & Clock Co.", "American Silver Co.", American Silver Co. / (International Silver Company); in terms of the confusing later usage of "American Silver Company", also see: "World Tableware International" / (ISC), and "American Silver Company" (1983-), (pp. 14; 36; 109-10; 282). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 14 August 2017. A02873; A02873b; A02873c; A02895; A02911; A02923; A02923b; A02923c; A02924.)


2010s

2010 - secondary source

Russell, Lynda J. (2010). Bristol business and industry. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. [Mentions and photos related to the American Silver Co., Bristol Brass & Clock Co., and Holmes & Tuttle.] (Viewed 23 December 2016. A01328.)


n. d.

n. d. - map

(Undated). Bristol Brass & Clock Company - fire insurance map. [Possibly related given years and silver dept context.] (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)

n. d. - design catalogue

American Silver Co. (undated). Catalogue of silver plated spoons, forks, knives etc. (Viewed 7 April 2017.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogues, Box 1, Folder 3.

n. d. - promotional booklet

American Silver Co. (undated). The etiquette of entertaining. 16 pp. (Viewed 22 August 2017. A0 .)

  • Offline - Bristol Public Library (CT) - History Room collection.



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