Derby Silver Company (Derby, CT) design catalogues and other historical information (2016)

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"DERBY SILVER COMPANY, Birmingham (Derby), Conn.
Organized in 1873... [Derby Silver Company] was noted for its large line of silverplated toiletware and an economical line of plated hollowware sold under the trademark of Victor Silver Co. and the Victor Silver Plate Co. which was very popular. The factory continued operations in Birmingham (Derby) until July 1933 when it was consolidated with other plants in Meriden following the depression of 1929."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 160.


A. Derby Silver Company design catalogues

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Derby Silver Company. (1873). Price list of the finest grades of silver plated ware. 4 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 D42F (link to catalogue entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00660]

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Derby Silver Company. (1873). Price list of the finest grades of silver plated ware. 4 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3074) (c. 1991) . University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3074 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00867-70] [3]

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Derby Silver Company. (1874). Derby Silver Company’s standard 1874 price list of the finest grades of silver plated ware… 4 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. Q974.62 B619d 1874 - offline. Viewed 15 May 2016. [C00014-35]

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Derby Silver Company. (1883). Derby Silver Co.’s illustrated catalogue and price list: of electro gold and silver plated hollow ware, spoons, knives, forks, etc., on hard white metal and nickel silver (online). 128 pp. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Updated 11 April 2017. [A01036-37; AAA00026]

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Derby Silver Co. (1883). [Presumably selected pages from 1883 design catalogue]. In Pyne Press. (1972). Victorian silverplated holloware; tea services, caster sets, ice water pitchers, card receivers, napkin rings, knife rests, toilet sets, goblets, cups, trays and waiters, epergnes, butter dishes, pickle casters, salts, tureens, communion services. Compiled by the editors of the Pyne Press. 156 pp. 16-page bibliography. Princeton, NJ. [ISBN - 0878610197 0878610200]. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian, New York call no. NK7240 .V52X (link to library entry); American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, call no. Y795 V645 V972 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for various other locations). Updated 23 April 2017. [A01452; A02255]


Derby Silver Company became part of the International Silver Company in 1898.


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Derby Silver Company / (ISC). (191?). [Sales catalog] No. 2. Approximately 452 pages. University of Delaware biblio number 000125488 (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A01122]



B. Derby Silver Company - other historical information

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(1872-). 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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(1892). Birmingham, including Shelton and Derby Narrows, Connecticut (online), (p. 9 showing Derby Silver Company along Bridge). Sanborn-Perris Map Co. Courtesy Yale University Library. Viewed 21 November 2016. [AAA00474-75] (For other maps, see Derby area maps online at Yale University Library.) Viewed 21 November 2016. [AAA00476]

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D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Derby Silver Co.” (online) (page 211). 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. Viewed 22 May 2016. [A00690-91]

"DERBY SILVER CO. (THE), Birmingham, Conn.
Makers of Fine Quadruple Plated Ware, Toilet Goods, superior quality. Watson J. Miller, President and Manager; Wesley L. Clark, Secretary and Treasurer; T H. Newcomb, Superintendent." (listing from above source).



C. Derby Silver Company - secondary resources

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Derby Silver Company" mention, (pp. 118). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Derby Silver Company", [pp. 55, 70, 158, 160 (see excerpt above)]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Derby Silver Company" mentions, [pp. 23 (call bells), 26 (photo of napkin ring, 1886), 39 (pitchers and Tilters), 41 (photo of pitcher, 1880s), 64 (photo of nut bowl, c. 1890), 111 (photo of tray / card receiver, 1883), 114 (photo of jewel casket, 1883), 117 (photos of jewel casket, c. 1900; Victor Silver Co jewel casket, c. 1900), 119-20 (bride’s baskets with photo of design, undated), 142-45 (illustrations bathroom ware - two sets by Victor Silver Co. and three by Derby Silver Co.)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

"Art nouveau designs were widely used, and in this field the Derby Silver Company seems to have excelled. Under both the Derby and Victor trademarks,4 they offered more than twenty-five designs with such names as ’Love’s messages’, ’The Blue Bells’, ’Shower of Roses’, ’The Peerless’, ’The Cupid’, ’The Birth and the Rose’, ’The Orchid Girl’, ’The Marguerite’, ’Joy of Dawn’, ’Cupid’s Courtship’, ’Pansy’, ’Iris’, ’Daffodil’ and ’Orchid’."— Edmund P. Hogan in The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities (1980), p. 142.

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"Derby Silver Company" (pp. 275-77, 419) in Burke, Doreen Bulger et al. In pursuit of beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement (online), (1986). (Book accompanying exhibition; includes primary source-oriented bibliography). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Rizzoli. Viewed 3 July 2016. [A00522; A00977; A00981]

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(Undated). "The Derby Silver Company" (online). ("Showrooms were established in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. A considerable amount of silver was shipped to South America.") ConnecticutHistory.org. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00699]



Footnotes:
[1] Derby Silver Company, Derby, CT, was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1898. [See "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921 (link to library entry)". University of Connecticut university libraries website. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00660]

[2] For dates of operations: (Undated). "The Derby Silver Company" (online). ConnecticutHistory.org. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00699]

[3] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2 (online), (entry no. 3074). 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00867-68] (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.)

[4] See Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. Victor Silver Company is identified as a "secondary brand" of the Derby Silver Company concerning the marketing of toiletware c. 1894-86, (pp. 141-42). University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017.[DM]



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