Barbour Silver Company design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"BARBOUR SILVER CO., Hartford and Meriden, Conn.
Organized in 1892 in Hartford, Connecticut... this company itself was the product of a consolidation of I. J. Steane & Co., Barbour Hobson Co., and Barbour Bros. Co... Barbour made sterling hollowware and fine quality silverplated hollowware, specializing in heavily chased and engraved pieces plated on a nickel silver base. From 1921 to 1931, the company also made an extensive line of ’Dutch’ silver, plated on copper. In 1921, Barbour Sterling was transferred to the Wilcox & Evertsen plant. The plant closed in 1931 and the trademark was retired from active use."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 159. (See entry below.)


A. Barbour Silver Company - design catalogues and historical information

Barbour Silver Company became part of the International Silver Company in 1898.

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1890s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1892-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Barbour Silver Co.", (p. 833). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02632.)


1900s

Advertisement

International Silver Company. (6 March 1902). Advertisement: "International Silver Co., Silversmiths, Successor to Barbour Silver Co.; Meriden Britannia Co.; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 6. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00238).

1903 advertisements

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Two advertisements

International Silver Company. (January-February 1903). Advertisements: "Makers of Wares of Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., Manhattan Silver Plate Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01135; G01151.)

Four advertisements

International Silver Company. (March-June 1903). Advertisements: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co., Middletown Plate Co. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01154; G01159; .)



Advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 September 1909). Advertisement: "Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Cut Glass... Factories: The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., 1847 Rogers Bros., Rogers & Brother; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 31. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00475.)


1920s

Barbour Silver Co. in 1925 exhibition

(c. 1925). American industrial art: Ninth annual exhibition of current manufacturers designed and made in the United States exhibition catalogue. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Exhibition dates: 29 March - 3 May 1925.) (Viewed 25 August 2016. AAA00098.)

Barbour Silver Co. in 1926-27 exhibition

(c. 1927). American industrial art: Tenth annual exhibition of current manufactures designed and made in the United States exhibition catalogue. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Exhibition dates: 4 December 1926 - 5 January 1927.) (Viewed 25 August 2016. AAA00095.)


1940s

Secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Barbour Silver" mentions, (pp. 118, 173, 215). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1960s

Magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (December 1968). Figural napkin rings for collectors. Spinning Wheel, pp. 12-14. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Barbour Silver [Plate] Co. pear and leaves napkin ring (1895).
> Derby Silver Co. bird on wishbone napkin ring (1886).
> Meriden Britannia Company: two reprinted pages from 1882 catalogue showing 13 napkin rings; reprinted excerpt from 1886 catalogue showing figural boy and girl pepper shakers and cat napkin ring; seven others (1873, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1886, 1888).
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: cupids holding napkin ring (1878).
> Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: two reprinted pages from 1886 catalogue showing 12 napkin rings; another one shown (1879).
> E. G. Webster & Bro. bird napkin ring (1873). > Wilcox Silver Plate Co. pug with glass eyes napkin ring (1884, another 1873).
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. squirrel napkin ring (1889).

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.
"The trend toward ornamenting napkin rings with full round figures started about 1879 and reached its peak about 1886... So popular were these figural napkin rings that in a short three-year period— 1886, 1887, and 1888— five firms in the Meriden, Conn. area offered 82 different designs... By 1900, tastes had changed and the demand for fancy napkin rings dwindled away to nothing..." (Excerpt from above.)


1970s

Barbour Silver Co. in 1975 exhibition

(c. 1975). Forms in metal: 275 years of metalsmithing in America exhibition catalogue. (Exhibition dates: 17 January - 2 March 1975; 16 March - 20 April 1975; at the Finch College Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; second viewing at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. (Viewed 17 October 2016. AAA00361.)

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Barbour Silver Company", [pp. 55, 56, 159, 159 (see excerpt above)]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Barbour Silver Company" mention, [pp. 26 (napkin ring, 1895), 74 (photo of spoon holder, (early 1900s)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

Magazine article

(March / April 1985). [Ask a question - Barbour Silver Co.] Silver Magazine. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00205.)


2000s

Secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Barbour Silver Co.", "Barbour Bros. Co." and "Barbour Hobson Co.", (pp. 23-4). Also see predecessors "I. J. Steane & Co."; Steane, Son & Hall; Taunton Silver Plate Co.; Albany Silver Plate Co.; Cromwell Plate Co.; (pp. 51, 237) and also "Hartford Silver Plate Co." (p. 101). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 14 August 2017. A02874-75; A02885; A02922; A02922b; A02922c; A02945.)

Barbour Silver Co. in 2005-07 exhibition

Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. [Includes Barbour Silver Company designs.] 392 pp. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

> Exhibition venues: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art; The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.


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Design catalogue

International Silver Company. (19—?). International silverplate: Barbour products. 240 leaves. ("Each plate is headed by "The Barbour Silver Company, Meriden, Conn." and includes a plate number".) (Updated 11 April 2017. A00594.)



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