C. F. Monroe designs, exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"C. F. Monroe, Opal Glass Decorating Works, 49 State Street, Meriden— [...] has attained a prestige and prominence exclusively its own. Mr. Monroe [...] is an artist of exceptional ability. During the past six years his genius and skill has been brought into requisition by the extensive lamp manufacturers and kindred industries of Meriden, and for five years he has conducted the most complete opal glass decorating works in New England."

— Beckford, William Hale in Leading business men of New Haven (county) [“Meriden” and “Leading business men of Meriden” (1887), (pp. 223-47). (See entry below.)


A. C. F. Monroe (1882-1916) designs in collections (by year)


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1890s

c. 1890 - jewelry case

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1890). Jewelry case. Milk glass or decorated opal ware. (Cat. no. 22202. Viewed 20 August 2018. L00632-33).

c. 1890-1910 - "cushion" box

C. F. Monroe Company. (c. 1890-1910). "Cushion" box. "Wave Crest Ware". Enameled glass, brass. (Accession no. 2003.249.171. Viewed 12 November 2016. AAA00425-01.)

  • Offline - New Orleans Museum of Art.

c. 1890-1910 - card box

C. F. Monroe Company. (c. 1890-1910). Card box, Nakara. Opaque white glass, metal; mold-blown. (Accession no: 79.4.75. Viewed 25 March 2016. B00044.)

c. 1891-96 - salt shaker

Styled by C. F. Monroe. (c. 1891-96). Salt shaker. Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2017.98.36. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02149).

c. 1891-96 - salt shaker

Styled by C. F. Monroe. (c. 1891-96). Salt shaker (patented 2 June 1891). Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2014.124.21. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02154).

c. 1892-96 - decorative bowl

Styled by C. F. Monroe. (c. 1892-96). Decorative bowl (patent no. D21,878. Glass, brass. (Cat. no. 2011.113.9. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02370-71).

c. 1892-98 - covered box

C. F. Monroe Company. (c. 1892-98). Shaker jar with lid, Wavecrest. Opaque white glass; metal; mold-blown. (Accession no: 79.4.76. Viewed 25 March 2016. B00043.)

c. 1892-1910 - candy dish

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1892-1910). Candy dish. Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2012.2.219. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02236-37).

c. 1892-1905 - covered box

C. F. Monroe Company. (c. 1892-1905). Bowl. Opal, lead glass; blown. (Accession no. 1970.40. Viewed 25 March 2016. B00042.)

c. 1892-1916 - sugar shaker

Styled by C. F. Monroe. (c. 1892-1916). Sugar shaker. Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2016.67.2a-b. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02222-23).

c. 1892-1916 - pin tray

Styled by C. F. Monroe. (c. 1892-1916). Pin tray. Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2012.199.4. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02224-25).

c. 1892-1916 - planter

Styled by C. F. Monroe. (c. 1892-1916). Planter. Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2012.199.3a-b. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02152-53).

1892-1916 - covered box

C. F. Monroe. (1892-1916). Covered box, "Wave Crest". Pale blue, egg crate, hand-decorated lady, overall beading on rim, footed. (Accession no. 98.007.007AB. Viewed 8 June 2016. A00755-11.)

  • Offline - Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.

c. 1892-1916 - card holder

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1892-1916). Card holder. (Cat. no. 2012.87.3. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02388-89).

1895-96 - sugar and creamer

C. F. Monroe. (1895-96). Sugar and creamer, "Wave Crest". Opal, sugar is missing lid, worn decoration of cupids and florals. (Accession no. 2000.007.012AB. Viewed 8 June 2016. A00755-02.)

  • Offline - Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.

1895-1905 - jewelry box

C. F. Monroe. (1895-1905). Jewelry box. Cut glass. (Accession no. G.2009.27. Viewed 10 July 2018. G02456-57).

1895-1916 - jar

C. F. Monroe. (1895-1916). Ginger jar with lid. Opaque, shading from purple to green, painted lilac and leaves, metal rim, handle and lid. (Accession no. 2001.007.003AB. Viewed 8 June 2016. A00755-04.)

  • Offline - Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.

c. 1898 - puff box

C.F. Monroe. (c. 1898). "Wavecrest" puff box. Painted and enameled, opaque opal glassware. (Accession no. 1976.194. Viewed 24 July 2016. A01103.)

c. 1898-1905 - salt shaker

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1898-1905). Salt shaker. (Cat. no. 2017.96.2. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02390-91).

c. 1898-1905 - jar

C. F. Monroe Company. (c. 1898-1905). Jar. Glass, brass, enamel. (Accession no. 78.355. Viewed 13 November 2016. AAA00426-35.)

c. 1898-1910 - cigar jar with cover

C. F. Monroe Company. (c. 1898-1910). Cigar jar with cover, Wavecrest. Opaque white glass; brass collar; mold-blown. (Accession no. 79.4.77. Viewed 25 March 2016. B00045.)

1898-1916 - covered box

C. F. Monroe. (1898-1916). Covered box, "Wave Crest". Hinged, opal lid and bottom, "Baroque Shell", ormolu or brass ribbed collar and clasp, enameled flowers in pink, green, brown and white on lid, silk lining missing. (Accession no. 81.007.015. Viewed 8 June 2016. A00755-08.)

  • Offline - Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical glass companies from the Meriden area listed on the historical Meriden design overview page. Scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions - Meriden Cut Glass Company" and C: "Other featured companies". Please note that many of the listed historical silver companies also at times included glass in their designs.



1900s

c. 1901-05 - salt shaker

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1901-05). Salt shaker. Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2013.FIC.163. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02221).

c. 1901-06 - salt shaker

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1901-06). Salt shaker. Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2011.363.4. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02218-19).

c. 1903-07 - salt shaker

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1903-07). Salt shaker. Glass, metal. (Cat. no. 2014.123.7. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02235).

c. 1904-08 - candlestick

Possibly C. F. Monroe. (c. 1904-08). Candlestick. Cut glass. (Cat. no. 2014.34.2. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02220).

c. 1904-08 - candlestick

Possibly C. F. Monroe. (c. 1904-08). Candlestick. Cut glass. (Cat. no. 2014.34.3. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02151).

c. 1906-07 - celery dish

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1906-07). Celery dish. Rich cut glass. (Cat. no. 2012.199.2. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02216-17).

c. 1906-07 - jewelry box

C. F. Monroe. (c. 1906-07). Jewelry box. Rich cut glass. (Cat. no. 2012.199.1. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02372-73).


n. d.

n. d. - bowl, Wavecrest pattern

C. F. Monroe. (undated). Bowl, Wavecrest pattern. Glass. (Object no. 1983.005.0065. Viewed 25 August 2018. J00082).


B. C. F. Monroe designs in exhibitions


1880s

1889 - C. F. Monroe in Meriden opera house exhibition

10 October 1889. Exposition at Delavan Opera House, Meriden, on the occasion of the visit of the International American Congress.

> Exhibited C. F. Monroe, opal glassware, largely unspecified.

See: (10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00751-59). (Also see 1889 mentions below.)

"Decorated opal glass ware was displayed with taste by C. F. Monroe... It consisted of paintings on glass, jardiniers, placques, a variety of lamps, and single lamp shades in great variety." (Excerpt from above.)



C. C. F. Monroe design catalogues and historical information (1882-1916) [1]


c. f. monroe building meriden c. f. monroe map meriden

Above to the left, historical photo of C. F. Monroe building; to the right, a map of its former location in Meriden, CT.


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1880s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1882-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

1886 - patent - napkin-ring

Charles F. Monroe. (6 July 1886; filed 15 April 1886). Letters patent no. 345,164; serial no. 198,947: Napkin-ring. (Viewed 27 August 2018. H00361).

1887 - historical information

Beckford, William Hale. (1887). On "C. F. Monroe", (pp. 239). In Leading business men of New Haven (county). [In section “Meriden” and “Leading business men of Meriden” (pp. 238-47.] Mercantile Pub. Co.: Boston. (Viewed 17 June 2016. A00858-59.)

1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition - C. F. Monroe at Meriden opera house

(1889). Meriden Journal Souvenir [leather-bound booklet containing a list of the manufactories contributing to the exhibition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, 10 October 1889, and other companies in Meriden], 4 pp. (Viewed 13 September 2018. L00763; L00765-68).

"C. F. Monroe, opal glass decorating". (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are reported to be in the exhibition.)


1889 - article, C. F. Monroe in Meriden opera house exhibition

(10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [with small section describing C. F. Monroe exhibited wares]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00747-59).

1889 - news mention - in Meriden opera house exposition

(10 October 1889). Our guests: Honored visitors here to-day [including small section describing exhibited C. F. Monroe wares]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00769-83).

"Carl Helmschmeid in Mr. Monroe’s absence arranged a table and card display of decorated opal glassware that showed to advantage the elegant work done at the Monroe shop. It included all kinds of articles such as decorated lamps, lamp shades and table ware." (Full excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention - Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). The show photographed: Fine pictures of the Opera House exhibit made. ["The best of them will be forwarded to Frank Leslie’s paper— what the state and New York press has to say about Meriden", with excerpts from Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, New York Herald, New York Tribune, Waterbury Republican, with no specific mention of C. F. Monroe.] Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00785-89).

1889 - patent - coffee or tea pot

Charles F. Monroe. (3 December 1889; filed 10 June 1889). Letters patent no. 416,178; serial no. 313,679: coffee or tea pot. (Viewed 27 August 2018. H00360).


1890s

1890 - patent - lamp-shade

Charles F. Monroe. (29 July 1890; filed 15 April 1890). Letters patent no. 433,017; serial no. 347,993: Lamp-shade. (Viewed 27 August 2018. H00359).

1891 - patent - lamp-shade

Charles F. Monroe. (21 April 1891; filed 31 December 1890). Letters patent no. 450,729; serial no. 376,422: Lamp-shade. (Viewed 27 August 2018. H00356).

1891 - patent - design for a salt-cellar, etc.

Charles F. Monroe. (2 June 1891; filed 5 May 1891). Design no. 20,788; serial no. 391,678: Design for a salt-cellar, etc. (Viewed 27 August 2018. H00357).

1892 - patent - design for a table-vessel

Carl V. Helmschmeid, assignor to C. F. Monroe Company. (4 October 1892; filed 18 August 1892). Design no. 21,878; serial no. 443,447: Design for a table-vessel. (Viewed 27 August 2018. H00355).

1893 - news mention

(January 1893). News mention: "A very pretty variety of porcelain, called the Wave Crest ware has been patented by C. F. Monroe & Co. of Meriden, Conn. This is something entirely new and attractive." House Furnishing Review, p. 13. (Viewed 4 October 2017. G01080.)

1895 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). On "The C. F. Monroe Company" [including portrait of C.F. Monroe and photo of showroom], (p. 42). In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 12 June 2016. A00787-88.)

"THE C. F. MONROE COMPANY: Another industry which has spread the fame of Meriden to every State in the Union and nearly every Canadian province is that of the C. F. Monroe Company... the company manufacturing innumerable beautiful fancy articles in glass and porcelain, unique in design, suitable for holiday and wedding gifts. The company gives employment to a large number of artists..."— In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, (p. 42), link above.


1895 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (1 March 1895). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating Works..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00235).

c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "C. F. Monroe", pp. 932-33). 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; A02635.)

1897 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (6 April 1897). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating Works..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00245.)

1898 - news announcement

(c. 26 September 1898; page number inconsistency). Wave Crest ware. ["The C. F. Monroe Co., Meriden, Conn., have introduced a line of goods which is strikingly novel ..." (with photo of bonbon tray, and mention of available catalogue)]. American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, p. 20. (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02981).

1898 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (5 November 1898). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Manufacturers of Wedding and Holiday Novelties..." Meriden Morning Record, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00272.)

1898 - two advertisements

C. F. Monroe. (September 1898). Advertisement: "... Wave Crest ware..." [with illustrations of mounted container, atomizer, oval puff, and tooth powder box]. Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 3 September 2018. C00229; C00245).

1899-1900 - design catalogue reprint

C. F. Monroe. (1899-1900). Wave Crest ware. [Also known as Catalogue 5]. 80 pp. (Reprint: Santa Barbara, CA: Wave Crest Collectors Club, 2005). (Viewed 12 May 2016. A00641.)


1900s

1900 - design catalogue reprint

C. F. Monroe. (1900). Wave crest wave 1900-1901 [Catalogue no. 6.] 92 pp. (Reprint: Winfield, Ohio: Elsa H. Grimmer, 1978). (Viewed 12 May 2016. A00642-43.)

1901 - design catalogue

C. F. Monroe. (1901). 1901 supplement to catalogue number 6, 1900, mailed you last fall, of Wave Crest ware [and] rich cut glass. 24 pp. (Viewed 12 May 2016. A00648.)

1901 - map

(1901). Insurance maps of Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut (pdf p. 7, Map 5, C. F. Monroe on West Main and Capitol Avenue). Sanborn-Perris Map & Publishing Co. 51 leaves. (Viewed 22 November 2016. AAA00503-04.)

1902 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (6 March 1902). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Manufacturers of rich cut glass, wedding and holiday novelties..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00239).

1902-03 - design catalogue reprint

C. F. Monroe. (1902-03). Reprint of Rich cut glass, 1902-03. In Rich cut glass; Wave crest gems, wedding & holiday novelties (c. 1999). Marietta, Ohio: Glass Press, Inc.. 168 pp. (Viewed 10 January 2017. A01467.)

1902-03 - design catalogue reprint

C. F. Monroe. (1902-03). Reprint of Wave Crest gems, wedding & holiday novelties, 1902-03 (catalogue no. 8). In Rich cut glass ; Wave crest gems, wedding & holiday novelties, (c. 1999). Marietta, Ohio: Glass Press, Inc. 168 pp. (Viewed 10 January 2017. A01468-69.)

1903-04 - design catalogue reprint

C. F. Monroe. (1903-04). Reprint of 1903-04 catalogue. 27 pp. Shreveport, LA: American Cut Glass Association, (198-?)]. (Viewed 10 January 2017. A01472-73; G00006.)

1905 - news mention

(February 1905). News mention: C. F. Monroe adds a sterling silver department, to manufacture novelties. House Furnishing Review, p. 95. (Viewed 1 October 2017. G01019.)

1905 - patent - condiment-holder

Charles F. Monroe. (5 December 1905; filed 22 June 1905). Letters patent no. 806,355; serial no. 266.461: Condiment-holder. (Viewed 27 August 2018. H00358).

1906 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "C. F. Monroe" section including portrait, photo of interior and building, (pp. 25-30). 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.)

"... first location being on the second floor of the Carter building which adjoined the works of the Meriden Britannia Company, on State street... employment to 200 hands, many of whom are accomplished artists, engravers and designers..."


1906 - historical information

Atwater, Francis (compiled by). (1906). Portrait of C.F. Monroe, (p. 9). In Centennial of Meriden, June 10-16, 1906: report of the proceedings, with full description of the many events of its successful celebration: Old Home Week: Meriden, Conn., the "Silver City" / published under the auspices of the General Centennial Committee. 416 pp. Journal Publishing Co.: Meriden. (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00800-01.)

1906 - article

(18 May 1906). Wave Crest and cut glass ware; C. F. Monroe Co.’s "works" important industry [nine-paragraph article]. Hartford Courant, p. 25. (Viewed 19 October 2018. D00330).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

"... Two hundred employees are busy in the factory and offices turning out cut glass, porcelain and silver articles... Upon entering the building the visitor finds himself in a well equipped show room where cut glass is seen in varied and rich designs... Getting toward the manufacturing end of the establishment one finds long rows of decorated globes for oil or gas lamps... There is also a considerable amount of floor space devoted to the manufacture of sterling and plated ware and a large room for gold, silver and nickel plating." (Excerpt from above.)


1906-07 - design catalogue reprint

C. F. Monroe. (1906-07). Reprint of catalog no. 11, 1906-07. 142 pp. In C. F. Monroe Co., (catalogue reprint with additions). Compiled by Carrol Lyle and Whitney Newland (1998). (Viewed 10 January 2017. A01470-71.)

1909 - news mention

(18 Aug 1909). News mention: On silver trophy cup by C. F. Monroe Co. made for the New Bedford Yacht Club race. The Jewelers’ Circular, p.75. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00 .)

"The C. F. Monro[e] Co., Meriden, recently made the silver trophy cup which was raced for by the sailing yachts under the uspices of the New Bedford Yacht Club on Thursday, Aug. 5. The cup is the joint gift of Mr. Monroe and Thomas F. Dey. The trophy is 12 inches high and has an ebony base." (Excerpt from above in full.)


1910s

1910-12 - design catalogue excerpts photocopy

Meinecke Toy Co. (1910-12). [Photocopy of catalogue including C. F. Monroe’s Nakara ware]. 246-48 pp. (Viewed 14 June 2017. G00005.)

1911 - two advertisements

C. F. Monroe. (16 February 1911). Advertisement: "A Special Sale at the C. F. Monroe. Co.’s Factory Showroom..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 1 and p. 7, column 1. (Viewed 12 September 2017. G00249; G00252.)

1913 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (23 January 1913). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 8, column 2. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00254.)

1919 - news mention

(20 November 1919). C. F. Monroe dies in Meriden [one-paragraph article]. Hartford Courant, p. 18. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00332).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


1960s

1963 - secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (15 August 1963). Skilled workmen from many lands made Meriden center of glass cutting industry at turn of century. The Morning Record, (Meriden, CT), pp. 12 & 23. [Mentions J. D. Bergen Co.; Meriden Cut Glass Co. / Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Meriden Flint Glass Co.; C. F. Monroe; J. J. Niland Co.; Silver City Cut Glass Co.] (Viewed 2 August 2017. AAA00614. DM.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.
  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, Meriden newspapers on microfiche.

1967 - secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (October 1967). Early glass craftsmen in Meriden. Unpublished document: summaries of company activities including "The C. F. Monroe Company". 4 pp. (Viewed 10 August 2017. AAA00632.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.

"[A] glass cutting department [was] added [to the C. F. Monroe Company] in 1903 to [the] glass and china decorating business established in 1886. [The company] manufactured lines of heavy cut glass tableware, vases, decanters, lamps, bowls, etc. [The] business was liquidated about 1916. There was no continuity." [Full excerpt from above.]


1980s

198- - small book / booklet

C. F. Monroe. (198-?). Monroe cut glass: Factories of the C.F. Monroe Co., Meriden, Conn. 27 pp. American Cut Glass Association: Shreveport, LA. (Viewed 18 August 2018. L00567).


1970s

1979 - secondary source

Grimmer, Elsa H. (1979). Wave crest ware: An illustrated guide to the Victorian world of C. F. Monroe. 96 pp. Des Moines, IA: Wallace Homestead Book Co. (Viewed 12 May 2016. A00644.)


1980s

1987 - secondary source

Cohen, Wilfred R. (1987). Wave crest: The glass of C. F. Monroe. 236 pp. Paducah, KY: Collectors Books. (Viewed 12 May 2016. A00645-47.)


2010s

2010 - secondary source

Franco, Janis Leach. (2010). Photo of C. F. Monroe building, (p. 39). In: Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (Viewed 15 December 2016. DM.)

Tobin, Diane. (2012). On "Monroe". In Appendix: Biographies section in The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. Charleston, SC: The History Press. (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00696.)

2014-15 - C. F. Monroe newsletter

(2014-15). Wave Crest Collectors Club newsletters (no. 69-75 and other related items). (Viewed 14 June 2017. G00002.)


n. d.

n. d. - design catalogue reprint

(undated). Monroe cut glass: Factories of the C.F. Monroe Co., Meriden, Conn. [undated catalogue reprint.] 27 pp. American Cut Glass Association: Shreveport, LA. (Viewed 14 June 2017. G00003-04.)


Footnote:
[1] This dating "1882-1916" comes from Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. (See appendix: Meriden Glass Companies). Charleston, SC: The History Press. (ISBN 978.1.61423.833.1). Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00696]