Charles Parker Company hardware / vises trade catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"PARKER, CHARLES CO. (THE)
Charles Parker, President; C. E. Parker [1], Vice-President; W. H. Lyon, Secretary. Manufacturers of The Parker Lamps, Chandeliers, Library and Parlor Lamps, Artistic Brass and Bronze Goods, Coffee and Spice Mills, Vises, Blinds, Hinges, etc. New York Office, 97 Chambers Street."

— D.H. Hurd & Co. in Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations (1893), p. 212.


Charles Parker Company hardware / vises trade catalogues and historical information

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1840s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1840-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)

Historical information

Perkins, G.W. (1849). Historical sketches of Meriden. Franklin E. Hinman: West Meriden. 117 pp. (On pp. 115-17, "Manufactures in Meriden in 1849" are listed, including Charles Parker.) (Viewed 11 June 2016. A00779-80.)


1860s

Charles Parker Co. in 1859 fair

(1860). Transactions of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the years 1859-60. Albany: C. Van Benthuysen, Printer. [For 1859 fair, dates unspecified, exhibitors include "Parker, Snow, Brooks & Co., West Meriden, Conn., [award] for the best punching presses. (A silver medal having been before awarded.) Diploma", (p. 69).] (Viewed 5 June 2017. A02596-97.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1862). Price list of articles manufactured by Charles Parker, Meriden, Conn. (coffee mills, hardware, silver-plated flatware, presses.) 86 pp. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01097.)

Historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1864). On "Charles Parker companies", (p. 754-55). In A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860. Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. (Viewed 1 June 2017. A02568-70.)

Historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden" (includes details about Charles Parker companies), (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.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker. (after 21 September 1869). Illustrated catalogue of domestic hardware, Britannia spoons. (Updated 5 May 2017. A01066.)


1870s

Charles Parker Co. in 1869 fair

(1870). Thirtieth annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1869-70. Including information about Charles Parker Co. participation at the 1869 American Institute fair, New York. [Specific dates of exhibition unknown; exhibitors include "Parker Brothers, West Meriden, Conn., [award] for power presses. First media and diploma" and award "for shot guns. First media and diploma", (p. 39, 50).] Albany: The Argus Company, Printers. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02589-92.)

Historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Guns & Hardware - Charles Parker" section including illustrations (pp. 486-87); "Hardware - Parker & Whipple Co." section (p. 491). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780. (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) 1086 pp. Meriden: Published by the author. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)

Charles Parker Co. in 1876 exhibition

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia. [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; Exhibitors including Charles Parker (guns and vises)]. 380 pp. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)

Charles Parker Co. in 1879-80 exhibition

Commission of the United States. (1879). Sydney International Exhibition: United States Court - Official catalogue of exhibits. (Exhibition dates: 17 September 1879 - 20 April 1880. For Parker Tool Co. - vises, see p. 32.) (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01524-27.)


1880s

Illustrations of buildings

Porter, Wils (lithographer). (1881). Illustrations of Charles Parker Co. Works and Charles Parker residence. In Meriden, Conn. 1881 / From Summit Heights [print (lithograph)]. B. S. Farrow (Publisher). (Object no. 1973.0498.004. Viewed 3 June 2017. A02584-85.)

Map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 12 showing area between East Main and Charles streets and the Charles Parker Co. hardware mfg. site.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)

Missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1886). [Catalogue - vises]. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 3 August 2016. AAA00048.)

Design catalogue excerpts reprint

Charles Parker Company. (1886). Six pages from vises catalogue (1886). Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 960-65), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00048. DM.)


1890s

Historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "The Charles Parker Company", (page 212, excerpt above). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. (Viewed 2 June 2016. A00749-50.)

Historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). "Charles Parker", owner/ manufacturer, Charles Parker Company, including Meriden Curtain Fixture Company, with illustration (pp. 608-10). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. (Viewed 2 June 2016. A00746-48.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Charles Parker Co.", (p. 931). 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; A02633.)

Charles Parker Co. in 1893 exhibition

(1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. [Listed exhibitor: The Chas. Parker Co. (vises) (p. 131)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01528-31.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Charles Parker" (pp. 1079-80 with illustration). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 1 August 2017. A02626; A02794-95.)


1900s

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1900). Parker’s vises, ratchet and geared drills. 63 pp. (Viewed 7 May 2017. A00745.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1901). [Catalogue – vises]. (Viewed 7 May 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Design catalogue

(c. 1902). Parker vises. In 1969 reprint, 1902 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 606. Crown Publishers. (Viewed 9 May 2017. A02414; A02416.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Charles Parker Company" section including illustrations of buildings, (pp. 48-54). 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). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Charles Parker Company management: Charles Parker [pp. 310-16 including portrait); Dexter Parker (pp. 316-17 including portrait (p. 313) and house (p. 315)]. 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 II). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1907). Parker’s illustrated price list of vises and ratchet drills (no. 4). Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 17 June 2017. AA00600-06; AAA00601.)

  • Offline - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1908). Parker’s illustrated price list of vises and ratchet drills (no. 5). 77 pp. (Updated 17 June 2017. A02358; AAA00052-06; AAA00600-07; AAA00601.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises and ratchet drills [catalog no. 6]. 47 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00052-06.)


1910s

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1912). Parker vises grip like a grizzly; Parker vises, the product of master makers (catalogue no. 57). 38 pp. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01080.)

Missing design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1914). Parker vises. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 3 August 2016. AAA00048.)

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1914). Cover of Parker vises (c. 1914). Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 959), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00048. DM.)

Historical information

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 4. [On Charles Parker, (pp. 262-64).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. (Viewed 27 November 2016. AAA00507-09.)

Map / illustration

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including 5 illustrations of Charles Parker Co. – lamps, fixtures, spice and coffee mills: 48 Elm Street; Parker Bros.: 26 Cherry Street; Parker Clock Co.: 600 West Main Street] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 2 July 2016. A01020-21.)


1920s

Design brochure

Charles Parker Company. (1922). Concealed screw device (price list). 6 pp. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-44]

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 7, Folder 5.

Design brochure

Charles Parker Company. (1929). Parker wood screws (pamphlet, no. 47). 2 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-44.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Design brochure

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 12 February 1952). Parker vises: grips like a grizzly (catalog no. 53 - penciled on cover). 12 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00052-16.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received date stamp: 11 August 1922). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalogue no. 57]. 38 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00052-11.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (catalogue No. 57-A). 27 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00032-35; AAA00052-01.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalogue no. 57-B]. 24 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00032-35; AAA00052-02.)


1930s

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1930). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (catalog no. 57-D). 20 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-34.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 30 March 1937). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalogue no. 58]. 31 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00032-35; AAA00052-04.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1930). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (no. 146). 31 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-39.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1930). Parker vises: Grip like a grizzly. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 3 August 2016. AAA00048.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1930). Cover of Parker vises: Grip like a grizzly and three pages (c. 1930). Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 959; 966-68), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00048. DM.)

Design brochure

Charles Parker Company. (1935). Price list of wood screws. 2 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-33.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Handbook

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 30 March 1937). Handbook on vises: Their care, use and selection. 32 pp.

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker Vises: America’s Oldest, Established 1832 [catalogue no. 60]. 13 pp.


1940s

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1945?). Parker vises grip like a grizzly [catalogue no. 61]. 12 pp. (Viewed 5 May 2017. A01081.)


1950s

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (1955). [Catalogue - vises]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 4 May 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Historical information

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Charles Parker Company, (p. 84-5; 178-79). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00789-90.)

Historical photo

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). Photo of unspecified Charles Parker Company building, (p. 280). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00789-90.)


1980s

Secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Charles Parker and Charles Parker Company, [p. 37-8, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59 (photo of mansion), 66, 73, 74 - portrait]. In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Updated 24 April 2017. A00804. DM.)


1990s

Secondary source

(c. 1998-2000). The Parker story. The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. A00650. DM.)


2010s

Secondary source

Franco, Janis Leach. (2010). Illustration of Charles Parker (p. 34); photo of Charles Parker mansion, 816 Broad Street, (p. 43). Reprinted in: Franco, Janis Leach. Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (Viewed 15 December 2016. DM.)

Article / video presentation

Butkus, Paul. (19 March 2016). The famed Wilcox mansion and its demise. [On the mansion owned by Jedediah Wilcox and later Charles Parker, with video lecture by Brian Cofrancesco.]


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PGCA Forums

(Undated). Parker Gun Collectors Association Forums. [An important source to see scans of excerpted bits of primary source documentation contributed by various forum members, especially guns, vises, and sometimes other Parker Co. documentation.]

Design catalogues

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises: First since 1832 [catalog no. 67]. 11 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00052-11.)

Handbook

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Handbook on vises, their care, use and selection [no. 110]. 27 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-38.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Handbook

Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 4 December 1967). Parker vises: Resale net price list (110-A). 6 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00052-14.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Catalogue of Parker’s patent vises. 30 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-36.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Design brochure

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises. 2 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-40.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises. 12 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-41.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated; Received stamp date: Feb. 12, 1952). Prentiss Vises. Prentiss Vise Division, the Charles Parker Co. (catalog no. 148). 9 pp. (Updated 5 May 2017. A02358; AAA00052-15.)

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker’s vises ratchet and geared drills. 63 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-37.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8.

Design catalogue

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker’s patent vises, ratchet and geared drills, adapted to locomotive works, car builders, machinists, gun, sewing machine and carriage manufacturers, jewelers, and artisans generally. 53 pp.


Footnote:
[1] "’C’. E. Parker" is not clearly legible in the online copy.



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