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

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"The antecedents of the [American Silver Company] 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 Company. 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). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA, (p. 98).


A. American Silver Company - Bristol Brass & Clock Co. (silverware department only) - design catalogues

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Bristol Brass & Clock Company. (1889). Catalogue of kerosene burners, lamps, lamp trimmings, etc. [Might include silver designs.] Number of pages unknown. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 61.670.3 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A01879]

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American Silver Company. (1904). [Illustrated catalogue of silverware]. 31 pp. Hartford: R. S. Peck & Co. Connecticut Historical Society – offline. Call. No. Q 739.23 A512c 1904. Viewed 23 December 2016. [C00014-33]

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American Silver Co. (1908, July). Catalogue of silver plated hollowware. Number of pages unknown. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 55.560.2 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A01878]

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American Silver Co. (early 20th century). Illustrated catalogue of silverware. Number of pages unknown. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 55.560.1 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A01877]

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American Silver Company. (1921). World brand silverware and fine table cutlery. Bristol, CT. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogues, Box 1, Folder 3. Viewed 13 January 2017.

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American Silver Company. (undated). Catalogue of silver plated spoons, forks, knives etc. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogues, Box 1, Folder 3. Viewed 7 April 2017.



B. American Silver Company - Bristol Brass & Clock Co. (silverware department only) - other historical information

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(Various years). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 23 December 2016.

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D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Bristol Brass and Clock Co.” (online) (page 208). 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 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."

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Hughes & Bailey. (c. 1906). Bird’s eye view of Bristol, Conn. 1907 (online). [Includes illustration of American Silver Co. building.] Call no. G3784.B8A3 1907 .H8. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Viewed 1 March 2017. [A01511]

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(1921). Bristol, Connecticut (online) map, (p. 5 showing American Silver Co. complex). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 37 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 1 March 2017. [A01512] (For other maps, search "Bristol, Conn." in search box on Yale site above.)

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(Undated). Bristol Brass & Clock Company - fire insurance map. [Possibly related given years and silver dept context.] Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, c. 1724-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, Box 1, Folder 3, no. 4875 (link to finding aid). Viewed 15 May 2017. [A02437]



C. American Silver Company - Bristol Brass & Clock Co. (silverware department only) - seconday sources

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "American Silver Company" mentions, (pp. 146, 173). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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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. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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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. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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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. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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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.] Search worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [A01328]



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