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

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| Design Meriden | 20 July 2016 | Updated 9 May 2017



"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.


A. Charles Parker Company hardware / vises trade catalogues

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Charles Parker Company. (1862). Price list of articles manufactured by Charles Parker, Meriden, Conn. (coffee mills, hardware, silver-plated flatware, presses.) 86 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 683 C477p, 1862 (link to library entry). Updated 7 May 2017. [A01097]

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Charles Parker. (after 21 September 1869). Illustrated catalogue of domestic hardware, Britannia spoons. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 1970.569.1 (link to library entry). Updated 5 May 2017. [A01066]

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

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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. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V.1 and V. 2 (link to library entry); Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, call no. TS536 .P38 1998 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 24 April 2017. [AAA00048] [DM]

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Charles Parker Company. (c. 1900). Parker’s vises, ratchet and geared drills. 63 pp. The Henry Ford call no. P.B. ca. 1900 (link to library entry). Viewed 7 May 2017. [A00745]

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Charles Parker Company. (1901). [Catalogue – vises]. Museum of Connecticut History— offline. Viewed 7 May 2017.

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(c. 1902). Parker vises (online). In 1969 reprint, 1902 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 606. Crown Publishers. Courtesy University of California. Viewed 9 May 2017. [A02414; A02416]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker’s illustrated price list of vises and ratchet drills (no. 5). (Insert: Parker’s Eclipse Series, dated Jan. 22, 1912.) 77 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-06]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises and ratchet drills [catalog no. 6]. 47 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-06]

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Charles Parker Company. (1912). Parker vises grip like a grizzly; Parker vises, the product of master makers (catalogue no. 57). 38 pp. Hagley Museum and Library call no. TRCAT (LIBRARY STACKS) (link to library entry). Updated 7 May 2017. [A01080]

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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].

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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. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V.1 and V. 2 (link to library entry); Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, call no. TS536 .P38 1998 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 24 April 2017. [AAA00048] [DM]

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Charles Parker Company. (1922). Concealed screw device (price list). 6 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 7, Folder 5 – offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-44]

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Charles Parker Company. (1929). Parker wood screws (pamphlet, no. 47). 2 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 – offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-44]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 12 February 1952). Parker vises: grips like a grizzly (catalog no. 53 - penciled on cover). 12 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-16]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated; received date stamp: 11 August 1922). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalogue no. 57]. 38 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-11]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (catalogue No. 57-A). 27 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline; Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00032-35; AAA00052-01]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalogue no. 57-B]. 24 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00032-35; AAA00052-02]

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Charles Parker Company. (1930). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (catalog no. 57-D). 20 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-34]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 30 March 1937). Parker vises: The product of master makers [catalogue no. 58]. 31 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00032-35; AAA00052-04]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1930). Parker Vises: The product of master makers (no. 146). 31 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-39]

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

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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. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V.1 and V. 2 (link to library entry); Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, call no. TS536 .P38 1998 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 24 April 2017. [AAA00048] [DM]

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Charles Parker Company. (1935). Price list of wood screws. 2 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-33]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 30 March 1937). Handbook on vises: Their care, use and selection. 32 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-03]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker Vises: America’s Oldest, Established 1832 [catalogue no. 60]. 13 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-10]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (1945?). Parker vises grip like a grizzly [catalogue no. 61]. 12 pp. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, TRCAT (LIBRARY STACKS) (link to library entry). Viewed 5 May 2017. [A01081]

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Charles Parker Company. (1955). [Catalogue - vises]. Number of pages unknown. Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford— offline. Viewed 4 May 2017.

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Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises: First since 1832 [catalog no. 67]. 11 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-11]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Handbook on vises, their care, use and selection [no. 110]. 27 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-38]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated; received stamp date: 4 December 1967). Parker vises: Resale net price list (110-A). 6 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-14]

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Charles Parker Company. (undated). Catalogue of Parker’s patent vises. 30 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-36]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises. 2 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-40]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker vises. 12 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-41]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated; Received stamp date: Feb. 12, 1952). Prentiss Vises. Prentiss Vise Division, the Charles Parker Co. (catalog no. 148). 9 pp. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-15]

charles parker company

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Parker’s vises ratchet and geared drills. 63 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 19, Folder 8 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-37]

charles parker company

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. Smithsonian Institution NMAH call no 049389 (link to library entry) [Among batch of holdings specified by email to Design Meriden (4 August 2016).] Updated 5 May 2017. [A02358; AAA00052-07]



B. Charles Parker Company hardware / vises - other primary source historical information

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(Various years). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

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Perkins, G.W. (1849). Historical sketches of Meriden (online). 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]

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p>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. Courtesy of University of Michigan. Viewed 15 June 2016. [A00816-18]
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Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Guns & Hardware" (online) 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. Courtesy University of California Libaries. Meriden: Published by the author. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00793-94]

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(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia (online) [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. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. Viewed 25 June 2016. [A00965-75]

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

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(1884). Meriden, Connecticut (online) 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. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 21 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00008]

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D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "The Charles Parker Company" (online) (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. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, call no. G1240 .H8 1893. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00749-50]

Hall, Henry. (1895). "Charles Parker", owner/ manufacturer, Charles Parker Company (online), 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. Courtesy University of California, Berkeley. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00746-48] For more historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Charles Parker Company" (online) 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. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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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 (online), (Part II). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut (online). [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. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Viewed 2 July 2016. [A01020-21]. (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps webpage.)



C. Charles Parker Company - secondary sources

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

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

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

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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. Yale University Library, call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 24 April 2017. [A00804] [DM]

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(c. 1998-2000). The Parker story. The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V.1 and V. 2 (link to library entry); Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, call no. TS536 .P38 1998 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 24 April 2017. [A00650] [DM]

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Franco, Jan Leach. (2010). Illustration of Charles Parker (p. 34); photo of Charles Parker mansion, 816 Broad Street, (p. 43). In: Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. ISBN: 978-0-7385-7332-8. Viewed 15 December 2016.

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Butkus, Paul. (19 March 2016). The famed Wilcox mansion and its demise (online). [On the mansion owned by Jedediah Wilcox and later Charles Parker, with video lecture by Brian Cofrancesco.] Design Meriden at artdesigncafe.com, 1(1).



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



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