Charles Parker Company hardware / vises - design in collections, exhibitions, trade catalogues and historical information

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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.


A. Charles Parker Company hardware / vises designs in collections


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1870s

patented 1873 - vise

C. Parker. (patented 1873). Vise. (ID no. TEKS0025000. Viewed 24 July 2018. C00108).

patented 1873 - vise

C. Parker. (patented 1873). Vise. (Item no. 000496. Viewed 24 July 2018. C00107).


B. Charles Parker Co. hardware / vises in exhibitions


1860s

1869 - American Institute Fair, New York

8 September - 30 October 1869. American Institute Fair, New York.

> Exhibited by Parker Bros., "Patent Parallel Vises", "for a bench vise, Third medal and diploma"; also exhibited "one of their patent power-presses", the "Fowler", award "for power presses. First media and diploma".

  • For documentation, see design catalogue and historical information below.


1870s

1876 - Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia

10 May - 10 November 1876. Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia.

> Exhibited unspecified vises by Charles Parker Co.

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.

1879-80 - Sydney International Exhibition, Australia

17 September 1879 - 20 April 1880. Sydney International Exhibition, Australia.

> Exhibited by Parker Tool Co. (presumably Charles Parker Co.): "One Novelty Pipe Vice [sic]; Parallel Vices, Nos. 3 to 35; Saw Vice, No. 43".

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.


1880s

1881 - Meriden Town Hall exhibition

20-23 September 1881. Meriden Town Hall display, Connecticut State Fair, Meriden, CT.

> Exhibited unspecified vises by Charles Parker Co.

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.

1889 - Charles Parker Co. vises / hardware 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 Charles Parker Co.: "The hardware display was a feature, iron vises, coffee mills, spoons, cabinet locks and wood screws...".

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.


1890s

1893 - World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago

1 May - 30 October 1893. World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago.

> Unspecified "machinists’ vises" exhibited by the Charles Parker Co.

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.



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



C. Charles Parker Company hardware / vises trade catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1840s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1840s-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 20 April 2019.)

1849 - 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.)


1850s

1854 - patent - cast-iron vise

Charles Parker. (20 June 1854). Letters patent no. 11,137: Cast-iron vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02651).

1859 - Charles Parker Co. in American Institute Fair, New York

(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.)

> Exhibited unspecified designs by Parker, Snow, Brooks & Co.


1860s

1862 - 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.)

1862 - patent - improvement in machines for threading wood-screws

Elliott Savage, assignor to Charles Parker. (12 August 1862). Letters patent no. 36,196: Improvement in machines for threading wood-screws. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01446).

1864 - 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.)

1865 - patent - screw-cutting machine

Stephen W. Goodyear, assignor to Charles Parker. (14 March 1865). Letters patent no. 46,846: Screw-cutting machine. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01447).

1866 - patent - improvement in vises

Charles Parker. (11 September 1866). Letters patent no. 57,957: Improvement in vises. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02532).


1867 patents

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1867 - patent - improvement in hinges

Julius Parker, assignor to Charles Parker. (19 February 1867). Letters patent no. 62,219: Improvement in hinges. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02652).

1867 - patent - improved bolt-heading machine

S. W. Goodyear and W. F. Parker, assignor to Charles Parker. (11 June 1867). Letters patent no. 65,561: Improved bolt-heading machine. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02533).

1867 - patent - improvement in bench-vises

Charles L. Kingsley, assignor to Charles Parker. (26 November 1867). Letters patent no. 71,498: Improvement in bench-vises. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02534).

1867 - patent - improvement in clamp-screws

Charles L. Kingsley, assignor to Charles Parker. (10 December 1867). Letters patent no. 71,885: Improvement in clamp-screws. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02535).



1868 - 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.)

1869 - Charles Parker Co. in American Institute Fair, New York

(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 a bench vise. Third medal and diploma", (p. 39, 41).] Albany: The Argus Company, Printers. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02589-92.)

1869 - spotlighted news mention - American Institute Fair, New York

(13 October 1869). Thirty-eighth industrial exhibition of the American Institute [with mention of Parker Brothers, power-presses and vises]. American Artisan, pp. 226 - presumably p. 227. (Viewed 13 November 2018. L00834).

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"Parker Brothers, of West Meriden, Conn., exhibit one of their patent power-presses. This press is familiarly known to the public as the ’Fowler’ press, and additional improvements have been made to it by the present manufacturers..."

"Parker’s Patent Parallel Vises are exhibited by Parker Brothers, of West Meriden, Conn. We observe that the manufacturer has improved these vises by lengthening the jaws and adding somewhat to their weight..." (Excerpts from above.)


1869 patents

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1869 - patent - mechanical adjustment

Russell B. Perkins, assignor to Charles Parker. (6 April 1869). Letters patent no. 88,733: Mechanical adjustment. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02536).

1869 - patent - mechanical adjustment

Russell B. Perkins, assignor to Charles Parker. (6 April 1869). Letters patent no. 88,734: Mechanical adjustment. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02537).

1869 - patent - improved vise

Charles Parker. (28 September 1869). Letters patents no. 95,258: Improved vise. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02538).



c. 1869 - design catalogue

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


1870s

1870 - 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.)

1871 - patent - improvement in gate-latches

William Fosket, assignor to Charles Parker. (7 February 1871). Letters patent no. 111,626: Improvement in gate-latches. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02653).

1872 - patent - improvement in vises

John L. Isbell, assignor to Charles Parker. (18 June 1872). Letters patent no. 128,045: Improvement in vises. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02539).


1873 patents

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1873 - patent - improvement in boot-jacks

Folsom Dorsett, Sr., assignor to Charles Parker. (7 October 1873; filed 12 April 1873). Letters patent no. 143,408: Improvement in boot-jacks. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02531).

1873 - patent - improvement in vises

H. K. Porter and T. W. Porter, assignors, by mesme assignments, to Charles Parker. (11 November 1873; filed 19 June 1873). Letters patent no. 72,327 (17 December 1867); reissue no. 5,653: Improvement in vises. (Viewed 7 February 2019. E00572).

1873 - patent - improvement in shutter-hinges

William Fosket, assignor to Charles Parker. (25 November 1873; filed 17 October 1873). Letters patent no. 144,971: Improvement in shutter-hinges. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02540).

1873 - patent - improvement in steam-traps

Joseph Bishop, assignor to himself and Charles Parker. (9 December 1873; filed 3 January 1872). Letters patent no. 145,387: Improvement in steam-traps. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02656).



1874 patents

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1874 - patent - improvement in claw-hammers

Dexter W. Parker, assignor to Charles Parker. (10 February 1874; filed 7 January 1874). Letters patent no. 147,427: Improvement in claw-hammers. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02541).

1874 - patent - improvement in screw-blank feeders

Samuel T. Proudman, assignor to Charles Parker. (24 February 1874; filed 7 January 1874). Letters patent no. 147,791: Improvement in screw-blank feeders. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02654).

1874 - patent - improvement in dies for seaming sheet-metal cases

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Charles Parker. (31 March 1874; filed 16 August 1873). Letters patent no. 149,194: Improvement in dies for seaming sheet-metal cases. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02542).

1874 - patent - improvement in boot-jacks

George Geer, assignor to Charles Parker. (7 April 1874; filed 5 March 1874). Letters patent no. 149,465: Improvement in boot-jacks. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02655).

1874 - patent - improvement in claw-hammers

Charles Parker. (9 June 1874; filed 2 April 1874). Letters patent no. 151,907: Improvement in claw-hammers. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02543).

1874 - patent - improvement in ratchet-drills

Henry Smith, assignor to Charles Parker. (3 November 1874; filed 15 October 1874). Letters patent no. 156,602: Improvement in ratchet-drills. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02657).



1875 patents

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1875 - patent - improvements in vises

Charles L. Kingsley, assignor to Charles Parker. (23 March 1875; filed 24 September 1873). Letters patent no. 161,241: Improvements in vises. (Viewed 15 March 2018. AAA01211).

Patent - improvements in drills for drilling metal

Henry Smith, assignor to Charles Parker. (15 June 1875; filed 20 May 1875). Letters patent no. 164,604: Improvements in drills for drilling metal. (Viewed 16 March 2018. AAA01212).



1876 - design catalogue excerpt

S. D. Kimbark Co., Chicago, Illinois. (1876). [catalogue with pages of Parker vises], pp. 274-97. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00301).

1876 - Charles Parker Co. in Philadelphia Centennial Exposition

(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.)


1878 patents

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1878 - patent - design for hinges

Nelson H. Camp, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (11 June 1878; filed 13 May 1878). Design no. 10,715: Design for hinges. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02658).

1878 - patent - improvement in lock-hinges

Nelson H. Camp, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (18 June 1878; filed 13 May 1878). Letters patent no. 205,051: Improvement in lock-hinges. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01434).



c. 1879 - design catalogue excerpt

Carolan, Cory & Co., San Francisco. (c. 1879). [catalogue with Parker vises], pp. 369-70. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00303).

1879-80 - Charles Parker Co. in Sydney International 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. (presumably Charles Parker Co.), exhibited: "One Novelty Pipe Vice (sic); Parallel Vices, Nos. 3 to 35; Saw Vice, No. 43" (p. 32)]. (Updated 5 November 2018. A01524-27.)


1880s

1881 - 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.)

1881 - news mention - in Meriden Town Hall exhibition

(20 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention of Charles Parker Company: " ... The Charles Parker Co. make a display of bench vises... "]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. (B00573-79).

1881 - news mention - in Meriden Town Hall exhibition

(23 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention: "... Diplomas were awarded to the following named for articles manufactured or displayed by them ... Chas. Parker Co., vises and shot guns ... "]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00570-72).

1881 - patent - saw-vise

Stephen O. Parker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (11 January 1881; filed 18 May 1880). Letters patent no. 236,451: Saw-vise. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01619).


1883 advertisements

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1883 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (15 February 1883). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn, Manufacturers of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Plated Spoons". Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 7. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00256).

1883 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (13 November 1883). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Plated Spoons and Forks..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00264).



1884 - design catalogue excerpt

Vajen & New, Indianapolis, IN. (1884). [catalogue with Parker vise(s)], p. 286. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00305).

1884 - design catalogue excerpt

Huntington, Hopkins & Co., San Francisco and Sacramento, CA. (1884). [catalogue with Parker vises], pp. 21-24. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00306).

1884 - patent - lock

Dexter W. Parker and Edmond B. Slater, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (5 August 1884; filed 8 April 1884). Letters patent no. 303,183: Lock. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02530).

1884 - 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.)

1885 - design catalogue excerpt

L. M. Rumsey Mfg. Co., St. Louis, MO. (1885). [catalogue with Parker vises], p. 326. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00307).

1885 - patent - vise

Stephen O. Parker, assignor to Chas. Parker Company. (9 June 1885; filed 4 August 1884). Letters patent no. 319,743: Vise. (Viewed 17 March 2018. AAA01252).

1886 - 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.)

  • See 1886 excerpt reprint below for citation.

1886 - 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.)

1886 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (4 February 1886). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Plated Spoons And Forks..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00230).

1886 - patent - key

Edmond B. Slater, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (26 January 1886; 13 April 1885). Letters patent no. 334,814: Key. (Viewed 17 March 2018. AAA01253).

1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition - Charles Parker Co. 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).

"Charles Parker Co., Parker lamps, chandeliers, brass and bronze goods, wood screws, coffee and spice mills, vises, hinges and locks." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are reported to have been in the exhibition.)


1889 - article, Charles Parker Co. in Meriden opera house exhibition

(10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [with section describing Charles Parker Co. 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 section describing exhibited Charles Parker Company wares including vises, screws, and cabinet locks]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00769-83).

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 Charles Parker Co.]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00785-89).

1889 - news mention

(November 1889). Trade gossip (including paragraph about exposition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, including mention of Charles Parker Co., and attendance by the American International Congress). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 113. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00760-61.)


1890s

1890 patents

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1890 - patent - stop-hinge

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (1 July 1890; filed 4 March 1890). Letters patent no. 431,459; serial no. 342,630: Stop-hinge. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02646).

1890 - patent - spring-roller

Lewis F. Griswold, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (11 November 1890; filed 10 July 1889). Letters patent no. 440,428; serial no. 317,069: Spring-roller. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01438).



1891 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (2 January 1891). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturer of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Spoons and Forks..." Meriden Daily Republican 2 January 1891, p. 4, column 2. (Viewed 11 September 2017. G00221).

1893 - Charles Parker Co. in World’s Columbian Exhibition, Chicago

(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. ("machinists’ vises"), (p. 131)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01528-31.)

1893 - 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.)

1895 - 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.)

1895 - news mention

(12 August 1895). Meriden’s factories [including mention of Charles Parker Company as the 6th largest factory in Meriden]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00517-18).

1895 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (1 March 1895). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of Cabinet Locks... Vises... Spoons and Forks..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, column 1. (Viewed 11 September 2017. G00233).

1895 - two advertisements

Charles Parker Company. (March-April 1895). Advertisements: "... Oldest Manufacturer of Vises in the United States, World Columbian Exposition Medal..." (with illustration of vise). Hardware Dealers’ Magazine. (Viewed 30 September 2017. G00958; G00960.)

1897 - design catalogue excerpt

L. M. Rumsey Manufacturing Company, St. Louis. (1897). [catalogue with pages of Parker vises], pp. 290-91. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00302).

c. 1897 - 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.)

1897 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (6 April 1897). Advertisement: "Charles Parker Co., Manufacturers of Hardware, Vises... Spoons... The Celebrated Parker Gun.." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00246.)

c. 1897 - 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

1900 - design catalogue excerpt

The Burnet Company, New York. (1900). [catalogue with Parker vises], pp. 211-15, 218-19. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00308).

c. 1900 - design catalogue

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

1901 - design catalogue

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

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

c. 1902 - design catalogue

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

1903 - design catalogue excerpt

S. D. Kimbark Co., Chicago. (1903). [catalogue with Parker vises], pp. 145-47. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00309).

1906 - 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.)

1906 - 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.)

1906 - patent - vise-slide

Eli M. Walker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (2 January 1906; filed 12 December 1904). Letters patent no. 808,960; serial no. 238,594: Vise-slide. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02637).

c. 1907 - 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.

1908 - patent - double-swivel vise

Eli M. Walker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (10 November 1908; filed 24 April 1908). Letters patent no. 903,345; serial no. 428,954: Double-swivel vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02638).

c. 1908 - 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.)

n. d. - design catalogue

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


1910s

1910 - design catalogue excerpt

Scully Steel & Iron Co., Chicago and New York. (1910). [catalogue with Parker vises], pp. 144-45. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00304).

1910 - patent - swivel-base vise

Eli M. Walker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (22 November 1910; filed 24 May 1910). Letters patent no. 976,521; serial no. 563,049: Swivel-base vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02639).

1911 - two advertisements

Charles Parker Company. (16 February 1911). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of the Parker Gun, Parker Lamp... Vises..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 2 and p. 7. column 2. (Viewed 12 September 2017. G00249; G00251.)

1912 - 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.)


1912 advertisements

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1912 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (5 July 1912). Advertisement: "Parker’s Reinforced Slide Solid Jaw Swivel Vise..." The Hardware Reporter, p. 116. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00457.)

1912 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (12 July 1912). Advertisement: "Parker’s combination pipe vises..." The Hardware Reporter, p. 48. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00458.)

1912 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (19 July 1912). Advertisement: "Parker’s improved quick action swivel vise..." The Hardware Reporter, p. 32. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00459.)

1912 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (26 July 1912). Advertisement: "Parker’s Swivel Victor Vises..." The Hardware Reporter, p. 36. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00461.)



1914 - design catalogue excerpt

Crerar, Adams & Co., Chicago. (1914). [catalogue with Parker vises], pp. 212-13. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00310).

1914 - patent - swivel-vise

Victor E. Walker and Percy H. D. Walker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (11 August 1914; filed 9 October 1913). Letters patent no. 1,106,602; serial no. 784,275: Swivel-vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02647).

c. 1914 - 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.)

c. 1914 - 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.)

1915 - patent - fixture-lock

Percy H. D. Walker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (16 February 1915; filed 13 December 1913). Letters patent no. 1,128,560; serial no. 806,458: Fixture-lock. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02648).

1916 - design catalogue

Illinois Malleable Iron Co., Chicago. (1916). Parker Combination Vises. In Illinois Malleable Iron Co.: Catalogue (Steam Goods Department), p. 228. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00312-13).

1917 - design catalogue excerpt

Geo. B. Carpenter & Co., Chicago. (1917). [catalogue with Parker vises], pp. 103-04. (Viewed 22 October 2018. E00311).

1917 - 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.)

1918 - 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

1921 - advertisement

Snellenburgs, Philadelphia, PA. (14 February 1921). Advertisement: "... Parker Oval Slide Vises... " [with no specific illustration]. Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), p. 17, col. 7. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01000-01).

1922 - 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.

1922 - patent - vise slide

Percy H. D. Walker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (27 June 1922; filed 7 May 1921). Letters patent no. 1,421,112; serial no. 467,743: Vise slide. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02649).

1923 - patent - quick-action vise

Percy H. D. Walker and Lewis L. Turner, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (17 April 1923; filed 27 June 1922). Letters patent no. 1,451,724; serial no. 571,277: Quick-action vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02650).

1929 - 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.

n. d. - 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.)

n. d. - 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.)

n. d. - 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.)

n. d. - 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

1930 - 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.

n. d. - 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.)

1930 - 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.


1930 patents

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1930 - patent - nut

Lewis L. Turner, assignor to Charles Parker Co. (10 June 1930; filed 19 October 1928). Letters patent no. 1,763,021; serial no. 313,462: Nut. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02644).

1930 - patent - clamping element for vises and similar articles

Percy H. D. Walker, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (14 October 1930; filed 13 December 1929). Letters patent no. 1,778,576; serial no. 413,744: Clamping element for vises and similar articles. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02645).



c. 1930 - 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.)

c. 1930 - 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.)

1935 - 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.

n. d. - design catalogue

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

1939 - patent - design for a vise

James J. Connors, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (7 November 1939; filed 14 September 1939). Design no. 117,448; serial no. 87,225: Design for a vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02643).


1940s

1942 patents

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1942 - patent - vise

Reginald L. Call, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (8 September 1942; filed 6 May 1940). Letters patent no. 2,295,332; serial no. 333,585: Vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02641).

1942 - patent - vise

Charles M. Gearing, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (22 June 1942; filed 5 March 1942). Letters patent no. 2,322,291; serial no. 433,487: Vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02642).



1943 - patent - vise

Charles M. Gearing, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (22 June 1943; filed 5 March 1942). Letters patent no. 2,322,291; serial no. 433,487: Vise. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02640).

1945 - advertisement

Buyea’s Cazenovia, NY. (25 October 1945). Advertisement: "... Parker Steel Vise... " Cazenovia Republican (Cazenovia, New York), p. 5, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01069).

1945? - design catalogue

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

1948 - advertisement

Tracey, Robinson & Williams, Hartford, CT. (9 May 1948). Advertisement: "... Parker vises, grip like a grizzly..." [with Parker grizzly bear graphic]. Hartford Courant, p. E18. (Viewed 22 October 2018. D00376).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1949 - advertisement

Tracey, Robinson & Williams, Hartford, CT. (1 May 1949). Advertisement: "... Parker vises, grip like a grizzly..." [with Parker grizzly bear graphic]. Hartford Courant, p. E30. (Viewed 26 December 2018. D00377).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


1950s

1952 - advertisement

Tracy, Robinson & Williams, Hartford, CT. (27 April 1952). Advertisement: "... Parker Vises... " [with no illustration]. Hartford Courant, p. E33. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00375).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


1953 advertisements

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1953 - advertisement

Tracey, Robinson & Williams, Hartford, CT. (26 April 1953). Advertisement: "... 118 years experience in industrial supplies ... Parker Vises ..." [with no relevant illustration]. Hartford Courant, p. E27. (Viewed 26 December 2018. D00378).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1953 - advertisement

Tracey, Robinson & Williams, Hartford, CT. (20 December 1953). Advertisement: "Gifts that will give a lifetime of pleasure... Parker Vises ..." [with no relevant illustration]. Hartford Courant, p. B5. (Viewed 26 December 2018. D00379).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.



1954 - patent - vise with quick-setting slide

Charles W. Elsenheimer, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (23 March 1954; filed 9 July 1952). Letters patent no. 2,672,776; serial no. 297,935: Vise with quick-setting slide. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01618).

1955 - design catalogue

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

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.


1955 advertisements

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1955 - advertisement

Tracey, Robinson & Williams, Hartford, CT. (1 May 1955). Advertisement: "... our 120th year serving Connecticut’s industrials... Parker Vises ..." [with no relevant illustration]. Hartford Courant, p. E25. (Viewed 26 December 2018. D00380).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1955 - advertisement

Sullivan Tool & Supply, Inc., Hartford, CT. (1 May 1955). Advertisement: "... Parker Vises... " [with no illustration]. Hartford Courant, p. E26. (Viewed 26 December 2018. D00381).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.



1956 - 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.)

1956 - 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.)

1956 - advertisement

Tracey, Robinson & Williams, Hartford, CT. (29 April 1956). Advertisement: "Our 121st year serving Connecticut’s industrials... Parker Vises ..." [with no relevant illustration]. Hartford Courant, p. 12F. (Viewed 26 December 2018. D00382).

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1957 advertisements

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1957 - advertisement

Sullivan Tool and Supply, Inc., Bloomfield, CT. (28 April 1957). Advertisement: "... Parker Vises... " [with no illustrations]. Hartford Courant, p. 6F. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00383).

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1957 - advertisement

Tracy, Robinson & Williams Co., Hartford, CT. (28 April 1957). Advertisement: "... Parker Vises... ". Hartford Courant, p. 17F. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00385).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.



1980s

1988 - 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

1998-2000 - secondary source

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


2010s

2000 - 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.)

2016 - 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.]


n. d.

n. d. - 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.]

n. d. - design catalogues

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

n. d. - 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.

n. d. - 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.)

n. d. - 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.

n. d. - 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.

n. d. - 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.

n. d. - 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.)

n. d. - 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.

n. d. - 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.