Barbour Silver Company - design catalogues and other 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.


A. Barbour Silver Company - design catalogues

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

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International Silver Company. (19—?). International silverplate: Barbour products. 240 leaves. Harvard Hollis no. RECX.62 I61. ("Each plate is headed by "The Barbour Silver Company, Meriden, Conn." and includes a plate number".) Harvard Hollis no. 009326608 (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00594]



B. Barbour Silver Company - other historical documentation

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Search newspaper article 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 16 October 2016.



C. Barbour Silver Company - secondary sources

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Barbour Silver" mentions, (pp. 118, 173, 215). 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 "Barbour Silver Company", [pp. 55, 56, 159, 159 (see excerpt above)]. 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). "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. 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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Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. [Includes Barbour Silver Company designs.] 392 pp. ISBN: 0-300-10927-x. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) Yale University Library, call no. Yns72 2005 S73+ Oversize (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017.[DM]

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Preece, Robert. (28 September 2016). Jewel Stern interview: Modernist silver from Meriden-Wallingford (online). Design Meriden at artdesigncafe.com, 1(2).



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