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

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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.)


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

1850s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1851-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)


1880s

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

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.)


1900s

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.

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

Design catalogue

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

Design catalogue

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


1920s

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.

Map

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


1930s

Design catalogue

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


1940s

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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

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.)

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.)

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.)


1960s

Magazine article

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

Magazine article

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


1970s

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

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

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

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.)


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Map

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

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.

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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