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

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C. F. Monroe advertisement


Above, advertisement in 1886 Meriden Directory. For more information, see entry listed below.


"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 D: "ISC, predecessors & divisions - Meriden Cut Glass Company" and E: "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.)



1900s

1906 - Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition

11 - 16 June 1906. Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition, Hanover Park, Meriden, CT.

> Exhibited largely unspecified designs by C. F. Monroe.

  • For documentation, see historical information section below.



See our Design Meriden compilation listing over 1000 exhibitions since 1851, featuring historical design associated with the Meriden area.



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


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1880s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1882-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 20 April 2019.)


1882 advertisements

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1882 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe, Meriden, CT. (28 October 1882). Advertisement: "Art rooms and Meriden Flint Glass Co.’s show rooms. Oil paintings, photogravures, cut glass and decorated ware, bric-a-brac, etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 31 January 2021. F01614).

1882 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (5 December 1882). Advertisement: "Art Rooms and Meriden Flint Glass Co.’s Show Rooms... 36 West Main Street [Meriden, CT]" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 5. (Viewed 9 August 2019. H01163).

1882 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (6 December 1882). Advertisement: "Art Rooms and Meriden Flint Glass Co.’s Show Rooms... 36 West Main Street [Meriden, CT]" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 4. (Viewed 9 August 2019. H01164).

1882 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe, Meriden, CT. (21 December 1882). Advertisement: "Art rooms and Meriden Flint Glass Co.’s show rooms. Oil paintings, photogravures, cut glass and decorated ware, bric-a-brac, etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 31 January 2021. F01615).



1883 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (12 September 1883). Advertisement: "Art Rooms and Meriden Flint Glass Co.’s Show Rooms... 36 West Main Street [Meriden, CT]" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, col. 4. (Viewed 31 October 2020. F01608).

1884 - text-based advertisement

C. F. Monroe, Meriden, CT. (5 December 1884). Advertisement: "... A great variety of articles for decorating constantly in stock..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 3. (Viewed 9 August 2019. H01169).

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).

1886 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (1886). Advertisement: "... Opal Glass Decorating Works. Hand decorated work; To match Rooms in Color and Design on Glass Shades, Lamps, Vases, Plaques, Tiles for Mantels and Panelings... State Street, Meriden... " [with no illustrations], (p. 302). (Also see possible listings in business directory.) In Meriden directory for 1886; containing a general directory of its citizens, business directory, street directory, a map.... Price, Lee & Co.: New Haven, CT. (Viewed 10 October 2020. F01485; F01503).

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.)

1887 - advertisement and directory listings

C. F. Monroe. (1887). Advertisement: "... Opal Glass Decorating Works ..." [with no product illustrations]. In Meriden directory for 1887, (p. 324). [Also directory listings: p. 213 (Artists); p. 243 (Opal Glassware Decorators).] Price, Lee & Co.: New Haven, CT. (Viewed 19 May 2020. H01590; H01600; H01604).

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 patents

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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 advertisements

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1892 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (30 November 1892). Advertisement: "... Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating Works. Manufacturer of all classes of decorated [ar]ticles, lamps, shades, Holiday goods, etc. Factory and show rooms Meriden, Conn. ..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 23 July 2019. C01113).

1892 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (14 December 1892). Advertisement: "... Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating works. Manufacturer of all classes of decorated articles, lamp shades, Holiday goods, etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 16 August 2019. L01044).



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 - book - C. F. Monroe Co. not in World’s Columbian Exposition

(1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago (exhibition dates: 1 May - 30 October 1893). [Listed: C. F. Monroe Co. (intended exhibitor), (p. 138)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 30 September 2020. A01528-31; E01610-11).

1893 - directory listing

(1893). "C. F. Monroe Co." listings. In The New England business directory and gazetteer, [pp. 1441 (Glass and China Decorators); 1805 (Manufacturing Companies)]. (Sampson & Murdock Company: Boston, MA). (Viewed 5 May 2020. H01355-56; H01368).

1893 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (5 April 1893). Advertisement: "... Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating works. Manufacturer of all classes of decorated articles, lamp shades, Holiday goods, etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01053).

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.)

1894 - article - social event

(13 April 1894). Ideal society affair; Guests of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lyon delighted [at Parker mansion; with descriptions of decorations in a number of rooms. Guests present include C. F. Monroe]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1, col. 5. (Viewed 14 December 2020. D01578).


1894 advertisements

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1894 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (7 March 1894). Advertisement: "... Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating works. Manufacturers of all classes of decorated articles, lamp shades, Holiday goods, etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 3. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01065).

1894 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (12 December 1894). Advertisement: "... Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating works. Manufacturers of all classes of decorated articles, lamp shades, Holiday goods, etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 1. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01066).



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 - article mention

(25 February 1895). Oldest manufacturer [Charles Parker]; he is also the senior farmer of the town and mayor of the city— sketch of a busy life [with illustration / portrait of Charles Parker] [with mentions about the Charles Parker Company, Parker Bros., Meriden Curtain Fixture Co., Parker Clock Co., vises, and his Broad Street mansion and Jedediah Wilcox; additional mention that his company was a stockholder in C. F. Monroe Co., presumably the Meriden Bronze Co., and Wilcox Silver Plate Co.]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 7, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 23 December 2020. D01504).


1895 advertisements

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1895 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (27 April 1895). Advertisement: "... Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating Works; Manufacturers of All Classes of Decorated Articles, Lamp Shades, Holiday Goods, Etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Journal, presumably p. 4, col. 4. (Viewed 30 October 2020. F01708).

1895 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (1 March 1895). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating Works..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00235).



1896 advertisements

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1896 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (4 March 1896). Advertisement: "... Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating wor[ks]. Manufacturers of all classes of decorated ar[t]icles, lamp shades, Holida[y] goods, etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01070).

1896 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (1 September 1896). Advertisement: "For Lawns, Etc., Chestnut Wood Ashes by the bushel or barrel, cheap. Apply at The C. F. Monroe Co.’s Factory, Meriden, Conn." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 25 June 2020. L01499).



1897 advertisements

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1897 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 April 1897). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating Works..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00245.)

1897 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 September 1897). Advertisement: "... Opal and Crystal Glass Decorating Works; Manufacturers of All Classes of Decorated Articles, Lamp Shades, Holiday Goods, Etc. ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 26 June 2020. F01228).

1897 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (1 December 1897). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Wedding and Holid[ay] Novelties.... New Yor[k] Salesrooms 38 Mur[ray] Street" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01071).



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.)

1898 - news announcement

(c. 26 September 1898). 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 advertisements

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1898 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (9 March 1898). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Wedding and Holid[ay] Novelties.... New Yor[k] Salesrooms 38 Mur[ray] Street" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 23 June 2020. L01473).

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).

1898 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 September 1898). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Wedding and Holiday Novelties.... New York Salesrooms 38 Murray Street" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 26 June 2020. F01231).

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 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (7 December 1898). Advertisement: "Yes, They are Practically Giving Away Half Dollars for 35c. Each; as they have just put on sale 2,000 Jewel Trays, handsomely hand decorated opal bodies, neatly mounted with gold plated trimmings, scented and lined with rich colored satins, and perfect in every respect... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 8, col. 5. (Viewed 23 July 2019. C01114-15).



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.)


1900 advertisements

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1900 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (22 November 1900). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Wedding and Holiday Novelties.... New York Salesrooms, 38 Barclay St. ..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 7, col. 6. (Viewed 24 June 2020. F01258).

1900 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 December 1900). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Wedding and Holiday Novelties.... New York Salesrooms, 38 Barclay St. ..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 7, col. 6. (Viewed 24 June 2020. L01483).



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.)


1901 advertisements

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1901 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (7 March 1901). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Wedding and holiday novelties... New York salesrooms, 38 Barclay St ... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 7, col. 6. (Viewed 27 June 2020. F01260).

1901 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (25 July 1901). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of Wedding and Holiday Novelties... New York Salesrooms 28 Barclay St... " Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 7, col. 4. (Viewed 2 December 2020. F01892).

1901 - two advertisements

C. F. Monroe Co. (15 & 22 August 1901). Advertisements: "... Manufacturers of rich cut glass, wedding and holiday novelties... Meriden... New York... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican. (Viewed 27 October 2020. F01651; F01653).

1901 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (5 September 1901). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of rich cut glass, wedding and holiday novelties.... New York Salesrooms, 38 Barclay St. ..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 13 July 2020. L01596).

1901 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (12 December 1901). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of rich cut glass, wedding and holiday novelties.... New York Salesrooms, 38 Barclay St. ..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 2 or 3, col. 6. (Viewed 24 June 2020. L01484).



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1902 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (6 March 1902). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Manufacturers of rich cut glass, wedding and holiday novelties..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00239).

1902 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (4 September 1902). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co., Manufacturers of rich cut glass, wedding and holiday novelties... New York Salesrooms, 38 Barclay St. ..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 20 July 2020. L01778).

1902 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (11 December 1902). Advertisement: "... A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 24 June 2020. L01486).



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 advertisements

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1903 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (5 March 1903). Advertisement: "A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms... " [with no illustration]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 7. (Viewed 10 August 2020. A02902).

1903 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 June 1903). Advertisement: "... Manufacturer of Rich Cut Glass, Wedding and Holiday... Novelties... Meriden, Conn." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 9, col. 7. (Viewed 4 November 2020. F01775).

1903 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (8 September 1903). Advertisement: "... A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01366).

1903 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (10 December 1903). Advertisement: "... A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 24 June 2020. L01487).



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.)



Designer Carl Helmschmied left C. F. Monroe Co. and founded the Helmschied Mfg. Co. in 1904. (Click the link to see that company information compilation page.)



1904 advertisements

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1904 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (12 April 1904). Advertisement: "A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms ... " [with no illustrations] Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 7. (Viewed 25 January 2021. R00441).

1904 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (15 September 1904). Advertisement: "A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01372).

1904 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (13 October 1904). Advertisement: "A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01373).

1904 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (8 December 1904). Advertisement: "A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms... " [with no illustration]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 10 August 2020. A02903).

1904 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (13 December 1904). Advertisement: "Christmas Display; More Beautiful than ever at Factory Show Rooms... Cut Glass; Sterling; Wave Crest; Kelva..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 5, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 4 November 2020. F01776).



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 advertisements

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1905 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (27 May 1905). Advertisement: "A special display for wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory show rooms of The C. F. Monroe Co." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 6, col. 7. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01370).

1905 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. (5 September 1905). Advertisement: "For Sale! First class 25 Horse Power Upright Boiler, Now three years ago. In excellent condition..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. . (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01371).



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 - event brochure / mention - Manufacturers and Varied Arts Exposition

(1906). Centennial Celebration and Home Week (10-16 June 1906) brochure with event listing [and mention of Manufacturers and Varied Arts Exposition] [Meriden, CT], 4 pp. [mention: "... General Committee... Charles F. Monroe... Manufacturers Exhibits, C. F. Monroe, Chairman ... " (p. 4).] (Viewed 23 June 2020. L01472).

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 - spotlighted 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).

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"... 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 - spotlighted news mention - in Hanover Park exhibition

(14 June 1906). Fourth day of the Centennial; Big attendance at pure food exhibition [/ Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition with mention of C. F. Monroe]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 1, cols. 2-3 & p. 8 (not online). (Viewed 21 October 2018. B01179-81).

"... Mr. Monroe’s exhibit is one of the most beautiful and novel of the entire exposition. In one end of the section four glass cutter’s wheels are erected and during the forenoon and evening the workmen may be seen making the elegant cut glass bowls, vases, etc. At the other end of the section there is a very fine exhibit of the company’s finished ware. Handsomely decorated dishes, tankards, steins, etc. are shown and th[e]re are several charming young ladies who are always willing to show the goods..."



1906 - other articles

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1906 - news mention

(18 May 1906). Pure food show, Centennial Week; Interesting exhibit to be at Hanover Park [Meriden] [including mention of C. F. Monroe as on committee; no specific mention of company’s wares]. Hartford Courant, p. 27. (Viewed 22 October 2018. D00331).

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1906 - news mention - C. F. Monroe in Hanover Park exhibition

(12 June 1906). Interesting food show exhibits [with mention of C. F. Monroe’s exhibit at Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition, Hanover Park, Meriden, CT, 11 - 16 June 1906]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 1, col. 7 & p. 4, col. 4. (Viewed 22 October 2018. B01183-85).

1906 - news mention - in Hanover Park exhibition

(14 June 1906). Varied arts exhibit draws good crowds [with mention of C. F. Monroe in Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 5, cols. 3-4. (Viewed 22 October 2018. B01186-87).

1906 - news mention - in Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition

(14 June 1906). Fourth day of the Centennial; Big attendance at pure food exhibition [with mention of C. F. Monroe in Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition, Hanover Park, Meriden]. Meriden Morning Record, p. cols. 2-3 & p. 7. col. 3. (appears to be an article reprint of the Meriden Weekly Republican article, or vice-versa.) (Viewed 23 October 2018. B01188-92).



1906 advertisements

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1906 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (1 March 1906). Advertisement: "A Special Display of Wedding Gifts of Cut Glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co." [no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01367).

1906 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (14 June 1906). Advertisement: "A Special Display of Wedding Gifts of Cut Glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co." [no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 23 October 2018. B01192-95).

1906 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe. Co. (11 September 1906). Advertisement: "A special display of wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 9, col. 4. (Viewed 12 August 2020. L02007).

1906 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (8 November 1906). Advertisement: "A special display of wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 7. (Viewed 23 October 2020. F01635).

1906 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 December 1906). Advertisement: "A special display of wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 7. (Viewed 12 August 2020. L02008).

1906 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 December 1906). Advertisement: "Attractive as ever; the Christmas and Holiday Display at the Factory Showrooms... A beautiful display of their manufacture in Cut Glass; Sterling Novelties; Metal and Decorated Articles; such as Vases, Jewel and Puff Boxes, Smoking Sets and many useful novelties particularly adapted to the holiday trade... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, presumably p. 8, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 4 November 2020. F01777).



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.)


1907 advertisements

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1907 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (3 April 1907). Advertisement: "A special display of wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co. ..." [with no illustration]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 9, col. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2020. E01386).

1907 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 June 1907). Advertisement: "A special display of wedding gifts of cut glass and other goods at the factory showrooms of The C. F. Monroe Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 7. (Viewed 17 November 2020. F01876).

1907 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (3 September 1907). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co.; Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties; Office and Factory, Meriden" [with no illustration]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 6. (Viewed 14 September 2020. E01387).

1907 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (10 December 1907). Advertisement: "The Showrooms of the C. F. Monroe Co. Are now open with their display of Christmas and Holiday Goods... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 6, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 4 November 2020. F01779).

1907 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (10 December 1907). Advertisement: "The C. F. Monroe Co.; Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties; Office and Factory, Meriden" [with no illustration]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 9, col. 2. (Viewed 6 October 2020. E01684).



1908 advertisements

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1908 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (2 April 1908). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties; Office and Factory, Meriden" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 30 June 2020. F01294).

1908 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (11 June 1908). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 2. (Viewed 31 October 2020. F01626).

1908 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (4 July 1908). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 31 October 2020. F01744).

1908 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (13 August 1908). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 2. (Viewed 10 November 2020. F01866).

1908 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (8 September 1908). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties; Office and Factory, Meriden..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 2. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01368).

1908 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (15 December 1908). Advertisement: "The Showrooms of the C. F. Monroe Co are open with their display of Christmas and Holiday Goods... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 8, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 4 November 2020. F01780).



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.)



1909 advertisements

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1909 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (7 September 1909). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 7 October 2020. E01698).

1909 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (23 September 1909). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 31 October 2020. F01629).



1910s

1910 advertisements

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1910 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (5 April 1910). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 7 October 2020. E01699).

1910 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (6 September 1910). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties; Office and Factory, Meriden". [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01364).

1910 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (13 December 1910). Advertisement: "Great bargains can be found at the C. F. Monroe’s showrooms; Counters filled with special price Cut Glass and Sterling Silver... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 8, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01365).



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 - news brief

(2 February 1911). C. F. Monroe Co. doing good business. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 2, col. 2. (Viewed 30 October 2020. F01711).


1911 advertisements

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1911 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (2 February 1911). Advertisement: "A special sale at the C. F. Monroe Co.’s Factory Showrooms... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 30 October 2020. F01714).

1911 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (2 February 1911). Advertisement: "A special sale at the C. F. Monroe Co.’s Factory Showrooms... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 30 October 2020. F01718).

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.)

1911 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (27 July 1911). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 9, col. 7. (Viewed 24 October 2020. F01594).

1911 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (12 September 1911). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties; Office and Factory, Meriden" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 9, col. 6. (Viewed 4 July 2020. F01369).

1911 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (14 September 1911). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 8, col. 6. (Viewed 31 October 2020. F01656).

1911 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (12 December 1911). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 8, col. 6. (Viewed 7 October 2020. E01700).



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1912 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (9 April 1912). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of rich cut glass; Wedding and holiday novelties; Office and factory, Meriden" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 8, col. 1. (Viewed 10 July 2020. L01501).

1912 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (10 September 1912). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 8, col. 1. (Viewed 4 November 2020. F01778).

1912 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (10 December 1912). Advertisement: "A great display of Christmas goods... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 9, col. 1. (Viewed 13 January 2021. C01553).



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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.)

1913 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (10 April 1913). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 8, col. 2. (Viewed 28 October 2020. F01660).



1914 - advertisement

C. F. Monroe Co. (7 March 1914). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Rich Cut Glass; Wedding and Holiday Novelties; Office and Factory, Meriden" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Journal (Connecticut), p. 4, col. 5. (Viewed 11 July 2019. F01174-76).

1919 - news mention

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

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1930s

1934 - article mention

(1 January 1934). Local artist, manufacturer dies suddenly; C. V. Helmschmied is stricken following welcoming 1934 [with mention of C. F. Monroe.] Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1, col. 4, and p. 2, col. 3. (Viewed 30 December 2020. E01098).

"... Mr. Helmschmied’s talents as a designer were recognized when he entered the employ of C. F. Monroe in 1886... He was also the leading designer there for sixteen years.

In 1903, he withdrew from that company and opened his own factory in the rear of his home and began to manufacture for himself. The corporation was known as the Helmschmied Mfg. Co. ... Colonial glass novelties and metal ornaments comprising shades, vases and other decorated ware... " (Excerpt from above.)


1936 - article mention

(17 April 1936). Changes in fifty years; in business concerns (with mention: "concerns listed [in 1886] that have gone out of existence ... C. F. Monroe, decorated glassware ..."). The Meriden Daily Journal [Fiftieth Anniversary issue (1886-1936)], unknown page number. (Viewed 26 November 2020. F01913).


1960s

1963 - article mention

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.)

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"... The C. F. Monroe Company; In 1903 a glass cutting department was added to the glass decorating business which had been established by Charles F. Monroe in 1886. This firm was incorporated in 1892 known as the C. F. Monroe Co. The plant at West Main Street and Capitol Ave. gave employment to over 200 hands, experienced glass cutters, apprentices and designers, a number of whom still live in the area.

Mr. Monroe having spent some time at the Meriden Flint Glass Works as a designer went to Europe and upon his return opened an art shop, decorating glass and other material. In 1891, the group of buildings on W. Main and Capitol Ave. were started and used for the decorating work. A five story building was completed in the late 1890s. Later, in 1903, a three floor building was constructed at an angle to the main building, to be used for the glass cutting department.

The product of the C. F. Monroe Co. was known for its excellence of quality and design. The high standard was never sacrificed in competition. The business was liquidated about 1916." (Excerpt of C. F. Monroe article section from above.)


1965 - book mention

Revi, Albert Christian. (1965). C. F. Monroe Co. mention, (p. 92). In American cut and engraved glass. Nelson. (Unconfirmed. Viewed 8 August 2020. AAA0613; L01962).

1967 - unpublished document

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.]


1968 - book mention

Revi, Albert Christian. (1968). C. F. Monroe Co., (p. 255). In American Art Nouveau glass. Nelson. (Unconfirmed. Viewed 8 August 2020. AAA0613; L01961).

1968 - article mention

[18 June 1968 (or 16 June), stamped on clipping]. Book on period glassware lists Gianotti as advisor [with mention: "Howard Gianotti, local antique dealer... American Art Nouveau glass... C. F. Monroe... "] Presumably Morning Record (notation on clipping "MR") (Meriden, CT), page number unknown. (Viewed 8 August 2020. AAA00622).

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"... Another noted glass designer in the publication was Charles F. Monroe who, before establishing his own business in 1880, was a designer for the Meriden Flint Glass Company of Meriden."

"Monroe was often sent abroad to observe and study the new designs and decorating techniques used by European glass manufacturers."

"Quite possibly he witnessed the beginning of the Art Nouveau style of decorating glassware as some of his wares reflect its influence. However, for the most part he clung to the old Victorian style of decoration."

"When Monroe opened his first shop at 36 W. Main St. in Meriden in 1880, he offered imported glassware, later incorporating a glass-decorating studio, also art and show rooms."

"A corporation was formed in 1892 and the company was later known as The C. F. Monroe Company. It went out of business in 1916 and its factory and equipment was acquired at that time by Edward Miller and Co., who retained the firm until 1923." (Excerpt from above.)


1969 - news mention

Kovel, Ralph and Terry. (27 April 1969). Know your antiques [with photo of C. F. Monroe lidded bowl with "cigars" on it]. Hartford Courant, p. 5E. (Viewed 22 October 2018. D00333).

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"... It seems strange that museum quality glass can be found decorated with the words ’cigars’ or ’collars and cuffs’. The C. F. Monroe Co. of Meriden, Conn., was formed in 1892. The firm made many types of decorated opal glass known by the names Wave Crest Ware, Kelva, or Nakara. They made hundreds of types of glass articles for household use. Gilded metal hinges and edges and silk linings were often added to the pieces. The firm later began making cut glass...." (Excerpt from above.)


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

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).

1986 - book mention

Swan, Martha Louise. (1986). "C. F. [Monroe]" mention. In American cut and engraved glass of the Brilliant Period in historical perspective, (p. 228). Wallace-Homestead Book Company. (Viewed 21 August 2020. E01036-37; E01103).

1987 - book

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


2000s

2004 - encyclopedia entry mention

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Ellmore Silver Co." [with mention of C. F. Monroe: "Founded c. 1935 by I. A. Lipman who rented space in the old C. F. Monroe factory..."], (pp. 70-1). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). (See excerpt at top of page.) Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 6 August 2020. L10879-80).


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.)

2012 - book mentions

Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. Charleston, SC: The History Press. (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00696.)

"The Meriden Flint Glass Company maintained a showroom at C. F. Monroe’s Art Rooms in Meriden...." (Excerpt from above.)


2014 - newsletter article

Mitchell, Bruce. (June 2014). The Meriden glass industry: A brief history [including mention of C. F. Monroe]. Museum of Connecticut Glass website. (Viewed 3 May 2020. H01231).

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]