Bradley & Hubbard design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"BRADLEY & HUBBARD MANUFACTURING CO., Meriden, Conn.
Gas Fixtures at Manufacturers’ Prices. Oil Fixtures, Extension Chandeliers, Library and Hall Lamps, Table, Banquet and Extension Piano Lamps, Bronze and Brass Ornaments, Figures, Tables, Fireplace Furniture, Easels, Pitchers, etc. Manufacturers of "The B. & H." Central Draught Lamp. It is perfect in every respect; the best Central Draught Lamp yet produced. Salesrooms: New York, 26 Park Place; Boston, 184 Franklin St.; Chicago, 88 Wabash St.; and at Factories, Hanover St. President, Walter Hubbard; Treasurer, N.L. Bradley; Secretary, C.F. Linsley."

— D.H. Hurd & Co. in (1893). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations, p. 211.


A. Bradley & Hubbard (active 1854-1940) design catalogues and historical information [1]

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1850s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1854-1940). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)


1860s

Historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden" (mentions Bradley & Hubbard), (pp. 424-26). A history of American manufactures from 1608-1860 (3rd edition, revised and enlarged). 643 pp. Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. (Viewed 15 June 2016. A00816-18.)


1870s

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1870?). [Catalogue]. 32 pp. Updated 29 April 2017. [A01114]

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1873). Illustrated catalogue of kerosene fixtures : bronze lamps, figures, patent call bells, spring tape measures, sewing birds, bronze goods, etc., etc. 92 pp. (Updated 29 April 2017. A01115-16; AAA00110; DM.)

Map

O.H. Bailey & Co. (1875). City of Meriden, Conn. 1875 map. [birds eye view]. Boston. [1 print; lithograph, 55 x 67 cm]. [“View of Meriden Conn. with fifty-eight public buildings, churches, businesses and factories identified at foot." Includes the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Co.] (Viewed 24 July 2016. A00048; A01099.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (After 1876). Specimen of sheets of bronzed and ornaments. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00049.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1877-78). Illustrated catalogue of the Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. kerosene fixtures, bronze lamps. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00050.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1877-78). Illustrated catalogue of kerosene fixtures, lamps, etc. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00051.)


1880s

Design brochure

Westland Safety Lamp Co. (1881). Distributor brochure featuring products by Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co., Meriden Malleable Iron Co., Meriden Flint Glass Co., and E. Miller & Co. Providence, RI, 9 pp. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00010; A00717.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1883). Illustrated wholesale price list, call bells, clocks, [etc., etc.]. (Viewed 19 May 2017. A00146.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

Advertisement

(1883). Advertisement: Bradley & Hubbard gas chandeliers, etc, (document pg. 93). In (1883), Model homes. Showing a variety of designs for model dwellings. New York: Palliser, Palliser & Co., Architects. (Viewed 29 April 2017. A02320-21.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1883-84). Illustrated catalogue of kerosene fixtures, bronze stand lamps, clocks, call bells etc.. 231 pp. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00053; A01787-89.)

Map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map. (p. 7 showing Hanover street and Bradley & Hubbard). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)

Design brochure

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1885). The B&H piano lamps have the simplest and most perfect extension ever made. 4 pp. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00054.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1885). Illustrated catalogue, no. 29, of bronze metal parlor lamps with detachable seamless metal founts. Number of pages unknown. Updated 29 April 2017. [A00055]

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1885). Illustrations of polished brass library and hall lamps. Rich gold metal [catalogue no. 30]. 68 pp. (Updated 11 May 2017. AAA00016.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (188?). Bronze inkstands, call bells, tape measures, etc., etc. [catalogue no. 6090]. 80 pp. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00052; A00857; AAA00017.) [2]

Design catalogue reprint

Bradley & Hubbard. (1888). Illustration and prices of decorated and bronzed metal table lamps [catalogue no. 46]. [c. 1995 reprint; Historical Lighting Society, Toronto, ON], 36 pages. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00808-12.)

Design catalogue

Young Ewen & Co. (1888?). [catalogue]. 42 pp. [“features Bradley & Hubbard’s celebrated patent automatic spring extension lamps”]. (Updated 29 April 2017. A01475.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1889). Illustrations and prices of polished brass and polished bronze library lamps, hall lamps and pendants, with the celebrated B. & H. burner, the best in the world [catalogue. no. 56]. 61 pp. [Missing pages: pp. 29-30, 35-36.] (Updated 17 April 2017. A00170; A01783-86; AAA00592. DM.)

Missing design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1889-92). Cigar lighters [catalogue #59]. Number of pages unknown. No surviving copy known to exist. (This catalogue is listed in 1892-93 B&H catalogue #75, see below.) (Viewed 18 May 2016. A00672.)

Missing design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1889-92). Inkstands [catalogue #64]. Number of pages unknown. No surviving copy known to exist. (This catalogue is listed in 1892-93 B&H catalogue #75, see below.) (Viewed 18 May 2016. A00672.)


1890s

Historical information

Sweetser, Moses Forster. (1891). On the Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. in Meriden, CT, and illustration, (pp 134-5). In King’s Hand-book of the United States planned and edited by M. King. [Text by M. F. Sweetser ... Illustrations, etc.] London; Buffalo [printed] Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. (Viewed 13 March 2016. A00090-92.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (ca. 1891-92). Illustrations and list prices of “The B&H lamps” for piano, banquet and table [catalogue #68]. 94 pp. [Illustrations cut out of page 4, 11 ,52 ,80 ,83.] (Updated 15 May 2017. A00056.)

Missing design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1891-92 - 1892-93). Call bells [catalogue #69]. Number of pages unknown. No surviving copy known to exist. (This catalogue is listed in 1892-93 B&H catalogue #75, see below.) (Viewed 18 May 2016. A00672.)

Missing design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1891-92 - 1892-93). Bronzed iron oil fixtures [catalogue #70]. Number of pages unknown. No surviving copy known to exist. (This catalogue is listed in 1892-93 B&H catalogue #75, see below.) (Viewed 18 May 2016. A00672.)

Missing design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1891-92 - 1892-93). Fenders, andirons, fire sets, etc. [catalogue #71]. Number of pages unknown. No surviving copy known to exist. (This catalogue is listed in 1892-93 B&H catalogue #75, see below.) (Viewed 18 May 2016. A00672.)

Missing design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1891-92 - 1892-93). Brass, oil chandeliers, brackets, etc. [catalogue #72]. Number of pages unknown. No surviving copy known to exist. (This catalogue is listed in 1892-93 B&H catalogue #75, see below.) (Viewed 18 May 2016. A00672.)

Missing design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1891-92 - 1892-93). Decorated table lamps [catalogue #73]. Number of pages unknown. No surviving copy known to exist. (This is catalogue listed in 1892-93 B&H catalogue #75, see below.) (Viewed 18 May 2016. A00672.)

Missing design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1891-92 - 1892-93). Brass library and hall lamps and pendants [catalogue #74]. Number of pages unknown. No surviving copy known to exist. (This catalogue is listed in 1892-93 B&H catalogue #75, see below.) (Viewed 18 May 2016. A00672.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1892-93). Illustrations and prices of the B & H lamps: piano, banquet and table [catalogue #75]. 97 pp. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00482; A00672. DM.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1892-93 or after). Gas and electric light fixtures. [catalogue #76]. Approx 72 pp. ("Missing plates 1, 3, 8, 16-17, 25-26, 28-31, 43, 45, 47-48; plates 62-63 have clippings taken out." Some pages show content from another source.) (Viewed 24 July 2016. A00672; A01098; AAA00040.)

Historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Co.”, p. 211. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. 223 pp. (Viewed 12 March 2016. A00057a/b.)

Advertisement

(10 April 1895). Advertisement: "The B&H Lamps — easy to light — as gas". ["New York, 26 Park Place - Boston, 160 Congress Street - Philadelphia, Room 710, Betz Building - Chicago, 204 Masonic Temple".] In (10 April 1895), Hardware v. 11, p. 15. (Viewed 30 April 2017. A02333-34.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895) "Nathaniel L. Bradley". In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, pp. 38-9. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00787-88.)

Historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). "Nathaniel Lyman Bradley", co-founder, Bradley & Hubbard, with illustration (pp. 106-10). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography, (vol II). The New York Tribune. (Viewed 12 March 2016. A00065; A00066a-c.)

Historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). “Walter Hubbard”, co-founder, Bradley & Hubbard, (pp. 414-15). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography, (vol II). The New York Tribune. (Viewed 12 March 2016. A00067; A00068.)

Advertisement

Bradley & Hubbard. (1 October 1896). Advertisement: "Get acquainted with the B&H lamp". In Farm and fireside (1 October 1896) v. XX, no. 1, p. 11. Springfield, Ohio : Crowell Publishing Co. (Viewed 29 April 2017. A02300-01.)

Design catalogue

(c. 1897). B&H lamps (banquet lamp, mammoth store and hall lamp). In 1968 reprint, Israel, Fred L. (Ed.), 1897 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 688-89. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. (Viewed 9 May 2017. A02406; A02412-13.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1896-1900). A few words about the celebrated B & H lamps. 53 pp. (Viewed 31 May 2016. C00004; A00483-84; A00727.) [3]

Product announcement

(14 July 1898). Announcement of Bradley & Hubbard Colonial Reading Lamp No. 6082 with illustration. In The Iron Age, 1898, v. 62, p. 40. (Viewed 29 April 2017. A02317-19.)


1900s

Sales sheet

Bradley & Hubbard. (190-). One page sheet: Electric reading lamps. (Viewed 29 April 2017. A02325.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1902). Brass and bronzed iron library lamps, hall lamps and pendants Catalogue no. 120, 1902-1903. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00064.)

Design catalogue reprint

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1904). The Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co.: Designers and makers of electric, gas and oil lighting fixtures, art metal goods, desk sets, stationery goods, smokers’ sets, cigar boxes and jars, candlesticks, etc., andirons, fenders, fire sets, etc. 24 pp. [Reprint Rushlight Club, c. 1993.] (Updated 29 April 2017. A01118-21.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1905). [Gas and electric hanging fixtures]. (Viewed 29 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co.", "Walter Hubbard", and "Nathaniel L. Bradley" sections including portraits and illustrations of their building complex and mansions, (pp. 65-74). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)


1910s

Historical information

(c. 1911). Meriden Illustrated, (Illustration of B&H buildings, p. 7). William S. Kline & Company: Kinderhook, NY. 30 pp. (Viewed 1 August 2016. A00781; A01122.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1912?). Electric lighting fixtures [cat. no. 173]. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00058; AAA00350-51. DM.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1912). Wholesale net prices: electric lighting fixtures illustrated in catalogue no. 173. [no illustrations]. Meriden, CT, 20 pp. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00062; A00063.)

Secondary information

(1917). On Nathaniel L. Bradley and Bradley & Hubbard, (pp. 31-4)] Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 3. The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00525; 529-31.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1918). Rayo Lanterns. 28 pp. (Viewed 19 July 2016. AAA00032-02.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara - Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 2, Folder 1.

Historical information

Hill, Everett G. (1918). Clarence Peck Bradley biography, President, Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co., (p. 603-05). In A modern history of New Haven and eastern New Haven County, v. II. New York; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. (Viewed 20 November 2016. A00802-03.)

Map

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut [including illustration of Bradley & Hubbard.] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 19 July 2016. A01020-21.)


1920s

Price list

Bradley & Hubbard. (1920). B&H table lamps (price list). 1 page. (Viewed 19 July 2016. AAA00032-25; A01059.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 2, Folder 1.

Advertisement

(1921). Advertisement for Bradley & Hubbard lighting fixtures, etc. In Visiting New York City: Buyers manual, p. 38. New York: Henry Sweetsson, Inc. (Viewed 29 April 2017. A02322-23.)

Design catalogue

Bradley & Hubbard. (1924). Electric lamps [catalogue no. 202]. 53 pp. (Updated 5 April 2017. A00477; AAA00589.)

Design catalogue reprint

Bradley & Hubbard. (c. 1927). Rayo lamps / for sale by the Atlantic Refining Company. 32 pp. (“These lamps were probably made by the Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co., Meriden CT.” Reprint. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00605.)


1930s

Design catalogue reprint

Bradley & Hubbard. (1934). Distinctive metalware for home and office [catalogue no. 215.] [Reprint 199?]. 48 pp. (Updated 29 April 2017. A00604; AAA00349. DM.)


1940s

Missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company, Bradley & Hubbard Division. (c. 1940). Brochure with Rayo lamp. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a lending library known to exist. Viewed 23 July 2016. [AAA00038].

Design catalogue excerpt

Charles Parker Company, Bradley & Hubbard Division. (c. 1940). One reprinted page from brochure with Rayo lamp (c. 1940). In The Parker Story (p. 933), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 29 April 2017. AAA00038; A00650. DM.)

Company information booklet

Charles Parker Co. (c. 1945). An account of the past and the present activities of the Charles Parker Company and the Bradley & Hubbard Division. 28 pp. unnumbered. (Updated 4 May 2017. A00480; AAA00015. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co." mentions, [pp. 24 (as possible call bell supplier to silver companies), 123 (as burner supplier to silver companies selling lamps), 173 (as probable high-volume customer of Meriden Flint Glass Company), 177 (specific purchase from MFGC)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)

Secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Bradley & Hubbard, [pp. 34 (Walter Hubbard’s house), 35 (Nathaniel L. Bradley house), 36, 56, 76 (Bradley Home, bequest of Clarence P. Bradley), 132]. Also see Hubbard Park]. In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00804. DM.)


1990s

Secondary source

Stamm, Richard. (1996). "The Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company and the merchandising of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America", (pp. 183-98). In The substance of style: Perspectives on the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Bert Decker, (Ed.). Winterthur Museum, Delaware, 469 pp. (Viewed 15 March 2016. A00102.)

B&H in 1997 exhibition

LeCleire Taylor, Gay. (1997). Slivers of light: Rich cut oil lamps (exhibition catalogue). Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ. 12 pp. [Including designs by the J. D. Bergen Co.; burners / oil pots included in glass designs by Bradley & Hubbard and Edward Miller & Co.] (Viewed 8 June 2016. A00757-58. DM.)


2000s

B&H in 2005-07 exhibition

D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (2005). Brass Menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement, (catalog of exhibition held at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, and Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York, NY). Includes "Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company", section pp. 33-41: "one of the best known names for late nineteenth century lighting and household metal goods". (Updated 19 April 2017. A00962-63. DM.)

Secondary source

D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (October 2005). American art brass. [Includes design and information about B&H.] The magazine Antiques, pp. 100-09. Viewed 26 January 2017. [AAA00562]


2010s

Patents

Stamm, Richard (compiler). (c. 2010). 238 Bradley & Hubbard patents. (Viewed 26 March 2016. A00059; A00146.)

Secondary source

Franco, Janis Leach. (2010). Various mentions / photos concerning B&H. In: Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (Viewed 15 December 2016. A02438. DM.)
> Photo showing Bradley & Hubbard building, flooding on Hanover Street (1938), (p. 25);
> Bradley & Hubbard advert (salesrooms: New York - 21 Barclay Street, 26 Park Place; Boston - 184 Franklin Street; Chicago - 88 Wabash Avenue), (p. 41);
> Illustration of Nathaniel L. Bradley, (p. 55);
> Photo of Nathaniel L. Bradley mansion (320 Colony Street, Meriden), (p. 97);
> Hubbard mansion (Washington Place, Meriden), (p. 101);
> Bradley Home, established by Clarence P. Bradley, (p. 113).

Secondary source

Preece, Robert. (22 February 2016). "Bradley & Hubbard crisis state: Too much of their design history is missing" (Interview of Richard Stamm, curator, Smithsonian Castle Collection).


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Map

(Undated). Bradley & Hubbard - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)

Photos of designs

Bradley & Hubbard. (undated). 20 images / photos – lighting [including nos. 85; 87; 194; 383; 446; 6900; 27400 and 27401 ½ Rayo pendant lamps; 29422 37265]. [Viewed 19 July 2016. A00032-03(-07); A00032-22(-23).]

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 2, Folder 1.

Patents

Thelampworks website (compiler). (undated). 89 Bradley & Hubbard patents. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00060.)

Patents

Stamm, Richard (compiler). (undated). Bradley & Hubbard marks.


Footnotes:
[1] Regarding "active 1854-1940", see D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (2005). Brass menagerie: Metalwork of the aesthetic movement. Utica, NY: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. (ISBN: 0915895293), page 33. Yale University call no. NK7812 D36 2005 (LC) (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [A00692] [DM]

[2] After close review, curator Richard Stamm estimates this catalogue to be dated mid-to-late 1880s (16 MAY 2016). [A00669]

[3] Richard Stamm estimates the publication year as 1896-1900 based on patent information. Also, this brochure is an extended version of the one with the same name that is 27 pages, which has the illustrations but not as much text. [A00728]



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