Derby Silver Company design catalogues and 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.


Derby Silver Company design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1870s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1873-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 5 March 2018.)

1873 - price list

Derby Silver Company. (1873). Price list of the finest grades of silver plated ware. 4 pp. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00660.)

1873 - price list reprint

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. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00867-70.) [3]

1874 - price list reprint

Derby Silver Company. (1874). Derby Silver Company’s standard 1874 price list of the finest grades of silver plated ware… 4 pp. (Viewed 15 May 2016. C00014-35.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. Q974.62 B619d 1874.

1876 - Derby Silver in Philadelphia exhibition

(1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. (10 May - 10 November 1876.) [Listed: Derby Silver Co. (p. 42). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.] S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

1876 - Derby Silver in Philadelphia 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 Derby Silver Company.]. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)

1876 - advertisement

Jones, 8th Av., New York. (17 December 1876). Advertisement: "... Plated ware of the celebrated ’Derby Silver Co.’ ..." [with no illustrations]. The New York Herald, p. 15, col 5. (Viewed 18 September 2018. B00317).

1877 - Derby Silver in American Institute fair

The American Institute, New York (1877, dates unknown). ["Bronze medal awarded to Derby Silver Co. for best silverplated ware on nickel base"]. In: May, Earl Chapin. (1947). A century of silver 1847-1947, (pp. 368-69). (Viewed 21 March 2017. AAA00588.)


1878 advertisements

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1878 - two advertisements

Vosbury Bros., Binghampton, NY. (26 April, 3 May 1878). Advertisement: "We keep the largest and finest stock of Silver and Plated Ware ever shown in Binghampton... Derby Silver Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. The Union News (Union, New York). (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01059-60).

1878 - advertisement

Jones, 8th Av., New York. (8 December 1878). Advertisement: "... Derby [Silver Co.] ... " [with no illustrations]. The New York Herald, p. 15, col 3. (Viewed 18 September 2018. B00316).



1878 - patent - improvement in flower-vases

Frederick Ratcliff, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (21 May 1878; filed 20 October 1877). Letters patent no. 203,939: Improvement in flower-vases. (Viewed 20 March 2018. AAA01339).

1879 - news mention

(June 1879). News mention (about Derby Silver Co. moving their New York showroom location from no. 18 John Street to no. 27 Maiden Lane). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 87. (Viewed 7 September 2018. C00282.)


1879 patents

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1879 - patent - design for ice-pitchers

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (12 August 1879; filed 19 July 1879 Design patent no. 11,325: Design for ice-pitchers. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01093.)

1879 - patent - design for caster-bottles

Joseph B. Beach, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (12 August 1879; filed 19 July 1879). Design no. 11,331: Design for caster-bottles. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01450).




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1880s

1880 - historical information

Orcutt, Samuel. (1880). On "Derby Silver Company", (pp. 408-09). In The history of the old town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880. (Viewed 10 May 2017. A02426-28.)

"Derby Silver Company has been organized since 1872. Their present large factory was built in 1877. Mr. Edwin L. Britton inaugurated in Shelton the manufacture of Britannia or silver plated goods of various descriptions, and the business is now in a most prosperous condition and constantly increasing. The capital stock of the company is $140,000. They employ one hundred and thirty hands and produce annually $200,000 worth of goods; their monthly pay roll being $8,000. E. De Forest Shelton, president; William J. Miller, secretary; William E. Downs, treasurer." (Excerpt from source above.)


1880 - advertisement

Bullard & George, presumably Watertown, NY. (4 October 1880). Advertisement: "Solid and silver plate ... Derby Silver [Plate] [Co.] ... " [with no illustrations]. Watertown Times (Watertown, NY), p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01075).

1880 - advertisement

E. J. Lehmann, Chicago. (5 December 1880). Advertisement: "... Silver Plated Ware.. Derby Silver Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. Chicago Daily Tribune, p. 1, col. 4. (Viewed 21 September 2018. B00356).


1881 articles

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1881 - news mention

(1 January 1881). Baker & Hamilton: Importers, manufacturers and dealers in agricultural implements, wagons, hardware and tools, Sacramento, San Francisco and Benicia [with mention: "In the retail department... "Derby silverware" (presumably this refers to the Derby Silver Co.), with no illustrations]. Sacramento Daily Record-Union, p. 8, col. 2. (Viewed 18 September 2018. B00325-26).

1881 - two articles / possible advertorials

(July 1881). Gold and silver [with mention of firm E. J. Swaner & Co., Salt Lake City, and Derby Silver Company: "Among the reliable houses with which this firm deals can be mentioned: ... Derby, silver-plated ware..."; no illustrations]. The Salt Lake Herald. (Viewed 21 September 2018. B00357-58).

1881 - news mention

(21 October 1881). State correspondence, Birmingham: "It is rumored that the Derby Silver Co. are contemplating still another addition to their already extensive works". Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 22 September 2018. B00361).

1881 - news mention

(23 November 1881). State correspondence, Birmingham: "The Derby Silver company has offered a prize cup to be shot for by the employes of their works. The cup is on exhibition at A. R. Smith’s." Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 22 September 2018. B00362).



1881 advertisements

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1881 - advertisement

W. L. Beitler & Co.’s Boston 99c Stores, Sedalia, MO & Boonville, MO. (23 February 1881). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo (Sedalia, Missouri), unknown page number. (Viewed 18 September 2018. B00315).

1881 - advertisement

E. J. Lehmann, Cor. State and Adams Sts., Chicago. (13 March 1881). Advertisement: "... first-class goods... Derby [Silver] Co.’s silver-plated teaspoons ..." [with no illustrations]. Chicago Daily Tribune, p. 1, col. 4. (Viewed 18 September 2018. B00327-28).

1881 - advertisement

W. L. Beitler & Co.’s Boston 99c Stores, Sedalia, MO. (19 April 1881). Advertisement: "... finest line of silverware we’ve ever had... Derby Silver Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo (Sedalia, Missouri), presumably p. 4, col. 8. (Viewed 18 September 2018. B00329-30).

1881 - advertisement

E. J. Lehmann, Chicago. (24 April 1881). Advertisement: "Silver-plated ware... Derby Silver Co. ... No. 12 [presumably knives] ... teaspoons..." [with no illustrations]. Chicago Daily Tribune, p. 8, col. 3. (Viewed 19 September 2018. B00331-32).

1881 - advertisement

W. L. Beitler & Co.’s Boston 99c Store, 227 Ohio St, Sedalia, MO. (26 April 1881). Advertisement: "Our spring stock of silverware is in, and we have now as nice and as many goods in this line as anybody... Derby Silver Co." [with no illustrations]. The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo (Sedalia, Missouri), presumably p. 4, col. 8. (Viewed 19 September 2018. B00333).

1881 - two advertisements

E. J. Lehmann, Chicago. (28 December, 31 December 1881). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver Company..." [with no illustrations]. Chicago Daily Tribune. (Viewed 22 September 2018. B00369-70).



1882 - news mention

(30 September 1882). [Mention of Derby Silver Co. cup at New Haven Yacht Club yacht race]. Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 2, col. 1. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00654).


1882 patents

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1882 - patent - butter-dish

Watson J. Miller, Thomas L. I. Bulluss, and Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (20 June 1882; filed 17 April 1882). Letters patent no. 259,988: Butter-dish. (Viewed 24 April 2018. AAA02495.)

1882 - patent - call-bell for table-ware

Watson J. Miller and Henry Berry, assignors to Derby Silver Company. (10 October 1882; filed 1 July 1882). Letters patent no. 265,929: Call-bell for table-ware. (Viewed 20 March 2018. AAA01340).



1883 - design catalogue

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. 128 pp. (Updated 28 July 2018. A01036-37; AAA00026; C00208-02.)

1883 - design catalogue excerpts

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. (Updated 23 April 2017. A01452; A02255.)


1883 articles

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1883 - news mention

(13 February 1883). Local news [with mention: Derby Silver stock increased from $210,000 to $300,000]. Morning Journal and Courier, presumably p. 2, col 1. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00610).

1883 - news mention

(March 1883). Trade gossip (with mention of Derby Silver Co.’s new catalogue). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 63. (Viewed 5 September 2018. F00275-76.)

1883 - news mention

(22 March 1883). State news [with mention of inventor Thomas L. I. Bullus vs. Derby Silver Co.]. Morning Journal and Courier, presumably p. 4, col. 4. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00611).

1883 - news mention

(26 October 1883). A grand victory— The F. H. S. Club [at the Grand Army fair, with mention of trophy made by Derby Silver Co.] Morning Journal and Courier, presumably p. 3, col. 7. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00612).

1883 - news mention

(November 1883). Trade gossip (including mention of Derby Silver Co.’s New York uptown store at no. 3 Union Square, in addition to its downtown store at no. 25 Maiden Lane). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 338. (Viewed 7 September 2018. C00288-89.)

1883 - news mention

(22 November 1883). The court record [with mention: "Yesterday afternoon the case of Thomas Bullus vs. the Derby Silver company was on trial. This was an action to recover $100 on a patent for a butter dish sold the defendant and which they claim is worthless... "]. Morning Journal and Courier, presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 21 September 2018. B00359).



1883 advertisements

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1883 - two advertisements

Webster Bros. & Co., Brooklyn, NY. (12, 14 November 1883). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver Co. ... " The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), p. 1, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 16 October 2018. B01102-03).

1883 - two advertisements

Christie and George, Superior, Wisconsin. (November - December 1883). Advertisement: "The New Jewelry Store of Christie and George... Derby Silver [Plate] Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. The Superior Times (Superior, Wisconsin). (Viewed 28 September 2018. B00544-45).



1883 patents

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1883 - patent - design for caster-cruet

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (6 March 1883; filed 7 December 1882). Design patent no. 13,691: Design for caster-cruet. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01094.)

1883 - patent - butter-dish

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (4 September 1883; filed 16 July 1883). Letters patent no. 284,531: Butter-dish. (Viewed 20 March 2018. AAA01341).

1883 - patent - butter-dish

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (4 September 1883; filed 16 July 1883). Letters patent no. 284,532: Butter-dish. (Viewed 20 March 2018. AAA01342).



1884 - news mention

(10 April 1884). Opening day [of spring novelties at Bolton & Neely’s, presumably New Haven, CT, with mention: "... Adjoining, the silverware from the Derby Silver company... " Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 2, col. 2. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00655).


1884 advertisements

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1884 advertisement

Derby Silver Company. (January 1884). Advertisement: "... Makers of the Best Quadruple Plated Ware..." (with two illustrations). The Jewelers’ Circular, p. xvi. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00480.)

1884 - twelve advertisements

Christie and George, Superior, WI. (January - April 1884). Advertisement: "... Fine Jewelry and Silver Ware!... Derby’s [Silver] Plate Co.’s Fine Hollow Ware... " [no illustrations]. The Superior Times (Superior, Wisconsin). (Viewed 20 October 2018. B01139-50).

1884 advertisement

Derby Silver Company. (February 1884). Advertisement: "... Makers of the Best Quadruple Plated Ware..." (with illustration). The Jewelers’ Circular, p. xvi. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00486.)

1884 - advertisement

Derby Silver Company. (April 1884). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of the Finest Quality of Electro-Plated Ware... Factories: Birmingham, Conn., U.S.A.; Toronto, Ont., Canada... The Derby Silver Co., 31 Adelaide Street East, Toronto..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p. 7. (Viewed 29 September 2017. G00824.)

c. 1884-85 advertisement

(c. 1884-85). Advertisement: "The Derby Silver Company, Birmingham, Conn., Makers of Finest Silver Plated Ware", (p. 8). ["N.Y. salesroom, 3 Union Sq., West."] In: The Yale pot-pourri / Yale College [possibly a graduation booklet]. (Viewed 10 May 2017. A02424-25.)



1885 articles

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1885 - news mention

(17 June 1885). New Haven Yacht Club; The Fourth Annual Regatta Tomorrow... [with mention of "The Derby Silver company’s challenge cup" and also "The Derby Silver company offer a silver tray"...] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 2, col. 3. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00615-16).

1885 - news mention

(6 October 1885). New Haven Yacht Club; Yachts entered for the fall regatta to-morrow [with mention: "... Much interest is taken in the contest for the Derby silver cup..."] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00617).



1887 - news mention

(21 February 1887). Death of Lewis Hitchkiss [(former) President of the Derby Silver company], one of Ansonia’s most prominent men. Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 2, col. 4. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00656).

1887 - two advertisements

Boston Variety Store, Washington, DC. (19, 21 November 1887). Advertisement: "... Thanksgiving is coming... Derby Silver Co. ... " [with no illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC). (Viewed 20 October 2018. B01156-58).

1887 - patent - design for a card receiver

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (25 January 1887; filed 8 December 1886). Design patent no. 17,073; serial no. 221,021: Design for a card-receiver. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01095.)


1888 articles

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1888 - news mention

(13 September 1888). Among the yachtsmen [concerning the New Haven Yacht Club’s regatta: the Derby Silver Company cup "will as usual be contested for".] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00622).

1888 - news mention

(2 October 1888). Annual rifle tournament; of the National Guard to be held at Hartford this month [with mention: The first prizes for this event include a Derby Silver Company cup]. Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00623-24).



1889 - spotlighted feature article with illustrations

(25 January 1889). The works of the Derby Silver Company at Shelton [with illustrations of buildings, water set, folding triplicate mirror, cigar box, fruit dish, and hair brush]. The Newtown Bee (Connecticut), presumably p. 4. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00618-21).

"The firm’s designer, Henry Berry, is constantly at work devising new forms and shapes of ware and his artistic taste and judgment, as well as the superior workmanship displayed on the goods, are evidenced by the immense sales and great popularity of the new articles as fast as they are brought before the public." (Excerpt from above.)


1889 other articles

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1889 - news mention

(11 January 1889). Shelton [with mention "Joseph B. Beach has severed his connection with the Derby Silver Company".] The Newtown Bee (Connecticut), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00657).

1889 - news mention

(28 June 1889). Shelton [with mention of Derby Silver Company]. The Newtown Bee (Connecticut), presumably p. 6, col. 4. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00658).

"The Derby Silver Co. recently presented A. B. Ruggles with a fine cane. On it is inscribed an imitation of the autograph of Mr Ruggles, handsomely engraved by Henry Berry." (Full excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention

(July 1889). Trade gossip [including paragraph about Derby Silver Company, certain designs, and infringement]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 87. (Viewed 15 September 2018. B00302.)

"The Derby Silver Co., Birmingham, Conn., have been so successful with a number of their patented designs in manicure sets, toilet brushes and mirrors, that imitators have been infringing on them. They notify the trade in this issue that suits have been commenced against the infringing parties, and caution all dealers about handling the spurious goods." (Full excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention

(10 October 1889). Woman’s wiles [with mention: "Basket pincushions are the latest. Derby silver..." The Evening World (New York), p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00911).

1889 - news mention

(15 November 1889). Shelton [with mention of Derby Silver Co.] The Newtown Bee (Connecticut), presumably p. 6, col. 2. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01003).

"W. J. Miller and Mrs Miller have just returned from an extensive trip in the West, where Mr Miller secured some large orders for the goods of the Derby Silver Co." (Full excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention

(7 December 1889). Fashions ["Work boxes of Derby silver with mythological figures and landscapes from master pictures, are among the latest novelties..."] The Evening World (New York), p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00614).

1889 - promotional news mention

(26 December 1889). B. & B. ["... Derby silver water sets ... to be sold to-day without regard to price. Boggs & Buhl" (presumably in Pittburgh)]. Pittsburg Dispatch (Pennsylvania), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00613).



1889 advertisements

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1889 - advertisement

Horne & Ward, 41 Fifth Ave., persumably Pittsburgh. (21 December 1889). Advertisement: "The Christmas rush is on in full force... Derby [Silver Company]... " Pittsburg Dispatch (Pennsylvania), p. 5, col. 5. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00625).

1889 - advertisement

Boggs & Buhl, presumably Pittsburgh. (21 December 1889). Advertisement: "Christmas... Derby Silver Goods... " Pittsburg Dispatch (Pennsylvania), p. 5, col. 6. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00626-28).



1889 patents

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1889 - patent - design for a brush or mirror back

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (5 March 1889; filed 14 January 1889). Design patent no. 18,943; serial no. 206,296: Design for a brush or mirror back. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01096.)

1889 - patent - design for a brush or mirror back

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (5 March 1889; filed 14 January 1889). Design no. 18,944; serial no. 296,297: Design for a brush or mirror back. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01548).

1889 - patent - design for a mirror-frame

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (19 March 1889; filed 16 February 1889). Design patent no. 18,963; serial no. 300,172: Design for a mirror-frame. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01098.)

1889 - patent - design for a handle for brushes

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (26 March 1889; filed 16 February 1889). Design patent no. 18,974; serial no. 300,169: Design for a handle for brushes. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01099.)

1889 - patent - design for a handle for brushes

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (26 March 1889; filed 16 February 1889). Design patent no. 18,975; serial no. 300,170: Design for a handle for brushes. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01100.)

1889 - patent - design for a handle for brushes

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (26 March 1889; filed 16 February 1889). Design no. 18,976; serial no. 300,171: Design for a handle for brushes. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01549).

1889 - patent - design for a brush or mirror back

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (30 April 1889; filed 20 March 1889). Design patent no. 19,062; serial no. 304,047: Design for a brush or mirror back. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01101.)



1890s

1890 - missing design catalogue

Derby Silver Company. (1890). [Catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. (No copy known to be in a public library.) (Viewed 4 September 2018. F00254).


1890 articles

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1890 - news mention

(July 1890). Trade gossip [with mention of Derby Silver Company and their New York store]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 85. (Viewed 4 September 2018. F00241).

1890 - news mention

(September 1890). Trade gossip [with paragraph about Derby Silver Company’s new catalogue]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 95. (Viewed 4 September 2018. F00254).



1890 patents

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1890 - patent - design for a back for brushes, mirrors

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (18 March 1890; filed 24 February 1890). Design no. 19,702; serial no. 341,624: Design for a back for brushes, mirrors. (Viewed 14 March 2018. AAA01122.)

1890 - patent - design for a back for brushes, mirrors

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (18 March 1890; filed 24 February 1890). Design no. 19,703; serial no. 341,625: Design for a back for brushes, mirrors. (Viewed 14 March 2018. AAA01123.)

1890 - patent - design for a handle for combs, brushes

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (18 March 1890; filed 24 February 1890). Design no. 19,704; serial no. 341,627: Design for a handle for combs, brushes. (Viewed 14 March 2018. AAA01124.)

1890 - patent - design for a handle for combs

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (25 March 1890; filed 24 February 1890). Design no. 19,717, serial no. 341,626: design for a handle for combs. (Viewed 15 March 2018. AAA01145.)

1890 - patent - design for a handle for combs

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (15 July 1890; filed 16 June 1890). Design no. 20,011; serial no. 355,655: design for a handle for combs. (Viewed 15 March 2018. AAA01146.)

1890 - patent - design for a handle for combs

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (15 July 1890; filed 16 June 1890). Design no. 20,012; serial no. 355,656: Design for a handle for combs. (Viewed 15 March 2018. AAA01147.)

1890 - patent - design for a back for brushes

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (15 July 1890; filed 16 June 1890). Design no. 20,013; serial no. 355,657: Design for a back for brushes. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01148.)

1890 - patent - design for a back for brushes

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (15 July 1890; filed 16 June 1890). Design no. 20,014; serial no. 355,658: Design for a back for brushes. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01149.)

1890 - patent - design for a dish or basket

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (14 October 1890; filed 16 September 1890). Design no. 20,197; serial no. 365,200: Design for a dish or basket. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01163.)



1892 - map

(1892). Birmingham, including Shelton and Derby Narrows, Connecticut, (p. 9 showing Derby Silver Company along Bridge). Sanborn-Perris Map Co. (Viewed 21 November 2016. AAA00474-76.)

1892 - news mention

(20 April 1892). Connecticut (mentions of C. Rogers & Bros. and Derby Silver Co. Co.). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 22. (Viewed 28 August 2018. H00352-53.)

"C. Rogers & Bros., Meriden have presented to Col. C. L. Upham Camp, Sons of Veterans, an elegant cup for the camp’s coming fair. The cup stands three feet high, and contains the cuts of three wheelmen. It was made by the Derby Silver Co." (Excerpt in full from above.)


1892 patents

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1892 - patent - design for a sugar-bowl

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (25 October 1892; filed 15 September 1892). Design no. 21,921: Design for a sugar-bowl. (Viewed 20 March 2018. AAA01343.)

1892 - patent - design for a sugar-bowl

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (25 October 1892; filed 15 September 1892). Design no. 21,922: Design for a sugar-bowl. (Viewed 20 March 2018. AAA01344.)



1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Derby Silver Co.”, (p. 211). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA. (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).


1893 - news mention

(January 1893). News mention: "....Derby Silver Company... This company boasts of the fact that it has always preserved the most harmonious relations between itself and its employes..." House Furnishing Review, p. 37. (Viewed 6 October 2017. G01082.)


1893 patents

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1893 - patent - design for a brush or mirror back

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (31 January 1893; filed 3 January 1893). Design no. 22,174; serial no. 457,144: Design for a brush or mirror back. (Viewed 22 March 2018; filed 3 January 1893. AAA01448.)

1893 - patent - design for a brush or mirror back

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (31 January 1893; filed 3 January 1893). Design no. 22,175: Design for a brush or mirror back. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01449.)

1893 - patent - design for a brush or mirror back

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (31 January 1893; filed 3 January 1893). Design no. 22,176; serial no. 457,146: Design for a brush or mirror back. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01450.)

1893 - patent - design for a brush or mirror back

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (31 January 1893; filed 3 January 1893). Design no. 22,177; serial no. 457,147: Design for a brush or mirror back. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01451.)

1893 - patent - design for a sugar-bowl

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (13 June 1893; filed 10 May 1893). Design no. 22,530; serial 473,736: Design for a sugar-bowl. (Viewed 22 March 2018. AAA01452.)



1894 - advertisement

R. Harris & Co., Washington, DC. (10 October 1894). Advertisement: "... Derby [Silver Co.] ... " [with no illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 6, col. 3. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00805).


1894 patents

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1894 - patent - design for a bowl or similar article

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (29 May 1894; filed 30 March 1894). Design no. 23,313; serial no. 505,776: Design for a bowl or similar article. (Viewed 24 April 2018. AAA02496.)

1894 - patent - design for a bowl or similar article

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (29 May 1894; filed 30 March 1894). Design no. 23,314; serial no. 505,777: Design for a bowl or similar article. (Viewed 24 April 2018. AAA02497).

1894 - patent - design for a bowl or similar article

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (29 May 1894; filed 30 March 1894). Design no. 23,315; serial no. 505,778: Design for a bowl or similar article. (Viewed 24 April 2018. AAA02498).



1895 patents

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1895 - patent - design for a bowl, etc.

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (12 February 1895; filed 18 December 1894). Design no. 24,036; serial no. 532,266: Design for a bowl, etc. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02501).

1895 - patent - design for an ornamental covered receptacle

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (9 April 1895; filed 8 March 1895). Design no. 24,184; serial no. 541,050: Design for an ornamental covered receptacle. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02502).

1895 - patent - design for an ornamental receptacle

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (23 April 1895; filed 8 March 1895). Design no. 24,231; serial no. 541,049: Design for an ornamental receptacle. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02503).

1895 - patent - design for an ornamental receptacle

George Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company. (23 April 1895; filed 8 March 1895). Design no. 24,232; serial no. 541,051: Design for an ornamental receptacle. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02504).



1897 - news mention

(11 April 1897). Colonial Club bowling [with mention of Derby Silver Co. and graphical illustration of trophy]. New York Daily Tribune, p. 5, col. 4. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01004-05).

"A handsome silver loving-cup was presented to the club, which was designed by the Derby Silver Company, and is considered one of the handsomest trophies ever offered as a bowling prize in this city ..." (Excerpt from above.)


1897 advertisements

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1897 - advertisement

G. Fox & Co., Hartford, CT. (22 June 1897). Advertisement: "Plated ware, Such makes as Meriden Britannia, Derby Silver Co., Rogers & Hamilton, and Barbour Silver Plate Co. ... Soup ladles, Berry Spoons, Tomato Servers, Oyster Sets, Salad Forks, Fish Forks..." [with no illustrations]. Hartford Courant, p. 5. (Viewed 19 October 2018. D00346).

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1897 - advertisement

Malley, Nelly and Co., New Haven, CT. (24 June 1897). Advertisement: "... Whisk Brooms, finest quality, Derby Silver handles... " Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 8, col. 4-5. (Viewed 3 October 2018. B00683-84).

1897 - advertisement

Simpson, Crawford & Simpson, presumably New York. (26 December 1897). Advertisement: "... Sterling and Derby Silver Stationery Novelties... " The Sun (New York), presumably p. 3, col. 4. (Viewed 3 October 2018. B00685-86).



c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Derby Silver Company", (p. 912). 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; A02636.)

1898 - news mention

(11 January 1898). Personal jottings [with mention that Joseph G. Beach has changed from working for the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. to the Derby Silver Co.] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 9, col. 6. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00898).

1898 - advertisement

Farnsworth & Ashby, presumably Topeka, KS. (26 March 1898). Advertisement: "Special sale of Silverware. ... Derby Silver Plate Co." [With no illustrations.] Topeka State Journal (Kansas), p. 6, col. 6-7. (Viewed 3 October 2018. B00687).



The Derby Silver Company became part of the International Silver Company in 1898. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the Derby Silver Company division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).



1899 - two advertisements

Walbridge’s, Buffalo, NY. (December 1899). Advertisement: "Silverware... Derby Silver Co. [/ International Silver Co.] ..." [without relevant illustrations]. Buffalo Evening News (New York). (Viewed 13 October 2018. B001011-14).

  • Online - fultonhistory.com. (Search the archive and scroll down for the link: for 11 December 1899, page unknown, cols. 6-8, search: "Buffalo NY Evening News 1899 - 7477"; for 14 December 1899, p. 4, cols. 6-8, search "Buffalo NY Evening News 1899 - 7489").


1900s

1900 - news mention

(5 February 1900). (No article heading; listing the Derby Silver [Plate] Company site as "Factory B" of the International Silver Company). The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 30 September 2018. B00566-67).

1900 - patent - shaving mug and brush

Henry Berry, assignor to Derby Silver Company (/International Silver Company). (9 October 1900; filed 29 October 1898). Letters patent no. 659,282; serial no. 694,873: Shaving mug and brush. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02505).

1901 - advertisement

The Cohen Co., presumably Richmond, VA. (10 March 1901). Advertisement: "... Cutlery and Silverware... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] -Plated Oyster Forks... " [with no illustrations]. Richmond Dispatch (Virginia), p. 22, col. 6. (Viewed 3 October 2018. B00688-89).


1902 advertisements

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1902 - advertisement

S. Kann, Sons & Co., Washington, DC. (5 December 1902). Advertisement: "... An Advance Xmas Sale of Silver Toilet Articles... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] combination hair brush and mirror set, in new Art Nouveau style, butler finish, very handsome... " [with no illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 22, col. 3-4. (Viewed 3 October 2018. B00690-91).

1902 - advertisement

Mahler Bros., New York. (19 December 1902). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] Comb, Brush and Mirror, this season’s prettiest design, in neatly lined box... " [with no illustrations]. Evening World (New York), p. 16, cols. 3-4. (Viewed 3 October 2018. B00692).



1903 advertisements

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1903 - two advertisements

International Silver Company. (January-February 1903). Advertisements: "Makers of Wares of Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., Manhattan Silver Plate Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01135; G01151.)

1903 - four advertisements

International Silver Company. (March-June 1903). Advertisements: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co., Middletown Plate Co. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01154; G01159; .)



1904 advertisements

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1904 - advertisement

Macy’s, New York. (6 April 1904). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [Co. / International Silver Co.] ... " The Sun (New York), p. 12, middle column. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00659).

1904 - advertisement

Koch & Co., New York. (11 December 1904). Advertisement: "... Stationery, Desk Fittings... Derby Silver [Co. / International Silver Co.] ink stands... " The Sun (New York), p. 6, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00660-61).



1905 advertisements

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1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (4 October 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Derby Silver Co.; with illustration of product design]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 27. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00386.)

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (25 October 1905). Advertisement [including listing of Derby Silver Co.; with product illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 33. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00399).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 November 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Derby Silver Co.; with product illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 31. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00253).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (8 November 1905). Advertisement: "... Many new and seasonable goods..." [includes listing of Derby Silver Company; no illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 37. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00257).

1905 - advertisement

Simpson Crawford Co., New York. (7 December 1905). Advertisement: "... Silver for Christmas gifts... Derby Silver Plate Co. [/ International Silver Co.]... " [with no related illustrations]. Perth Amboy Evening News (New Jersey), p. 7, col. 3-5. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00894-95).

1905 - advertisement

Simpson Crawford Co., New York. (18 December 1905). Advertisement: "... Silver Christmas gifts... Derby Silver Plate Co. [/ International Silver Co.] ... " [with no illustrations]. The Evening World (New York), p. 6, col. 5-9. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00896-97).



1909 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 September 1909). Advertisement: "Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Cut Glass... Factories: The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., 1847 Rogers Bros., Rogers & Brother; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 31. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00475.)


1910s

191? - design catalogue

Derby Silver Company / (ISC). (191?). [Sales catalog] No. 2. Approximately 452 pages. (Updated 11 April 2017. A01122.)


1910 advertisements

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1910 - advertisement

Ryner, 938 Pacific Ave., presumably Tacoma, Washington. (28 October 1910). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver Co.’s [/ International Silver Co.’s] Toilet Sets... " The Tacoma Times (Tacoma, WA), p. 2, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00648).

1910 - advertisement

Brandeis Stores, Omaha, Nebraska. (17 December 1910). Advertisement: "... Silverware and Jewelry for Gifts, Derby Silver Plate, made by the International Silver Co., best in the world... " [with unclear illustrations]. Omaha Daily Bee (Nebraska), p. 12. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00669-70).



1911 advertisements

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1911 - advertisement

Palais Royal, Washington, DC. (22 January 1911). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co., various items] ... " [no clearly relevant illustrations]. The Washington Herald (Washington, DC), p. 7. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00679-80).

1911 - advertisement

Palais Royal, Washington, DC. (23 January 1911). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co., various items] ... " [with illustrations possibly of Derby Silver Co. designs]. The Washington Herald (Washington, DC), p. 4, cols. 5-7. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00681-82).

1911 - advertisement

The Owl Drug Store Co., presumably Seattle. (14 December 1911). Advertisement: "... ’Derby’ Silver-Plated [/ International Silver Co.] Comb & Brush Sets... " [with no product illustrations]. The Seattle Star (Washington), p. 5, col. 5. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00640-41).



1912 advertisements

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1912 - advertisement

Palais Royal, Washington, DC. (11 December 1912). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] ..." [with illustration]. The Washington Times (Washington, DC), p. 4, cols. 6-8. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00675-76).

1912 - advertisement

Palais Royal, Washington, DC. (15 December 1912). Advertisement: "... This Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] Set... Military Sets... Whisk Brooms... Hat Brushes... Shaving Mugs... Clothes Brushes... Puff Jars.... Hair Receivers... " Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 4, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00673-74).

1912 - advertisement

Palais Royal, Washington, DC. (18 December 1912). Advertisement: "... This Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] Set... Military Sets... Whisk Brooms... Hat Brushes... Shaving Mugs... Clothes Brushes... Puff Jars... Hair Receivers... " [with illustration]. The Washington Times (Washington, DC), p. 4, cols. 6-8. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00677-78).



1913 advertisements

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1913 - advertisement

Marks Isaacs Co., New Orleans. (11 December 1913). Advertisement: "We suggest useful Christmas gifts... Toilet Sets, comb, brush and mirror, over 20 different styles and finishes, in fine Derby silver [/ International Silver Co.] ..." The Herald (New Orleans), p. 4, col 1-5. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00642).

1913 - advertisement

MacDougall-Southwick Co., Seattle. (22 December 1913). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] Hat Pin Holders... " The Seattle Star, p. 5, col. 6-8. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00671-72).



1914 - news mention

(2 March 1914). Shelton and Derby suffer severely in wind and flood [with mention of International Silver Co. and "Derby Silver Cutlery Co.", presumably this includes the Derby Silver Co."] The Bridgeport Evening Farmer (Connecticut), p. 2, col. 4. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00664).

1914 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (23 December 1914). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] ... For ’Her’— Brush, Comb and Mirror, as pictured [illustration to the right]. For ’Him’— a pair of Military Brushes and Comb ...." Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 13, col. 5. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00649-50).

1915 - advertisement

G. M. McKelvey Co., Youngstown, Ohio. (2 July 1915). Advertisement: "... Toilet Sets... fine Derby silver [/ International Silver Co.]; consisting of three pieces— comb, brush and mirror..." [with no related illustrations]. The Mahoning Dispatch (Canfield, Ohio), presumably p. 8, cols. 3-4. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00634-35).


1916 advertisements

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1916 - classified advertisement

Derby Silver Co. (/ International Silver Co.) (8 July 1916). Classified advertisement: "Spinners— On German silver and Britannia metal; no labor troubles; permanent positions. Apply Derby Silver Co., Derby, Conn." The Washington Times (Washington, DC), p. 15. col. 2. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00643).

1916 - advertisement

Marks Isaacs Co., New Orleans. (14 December 1916). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] Toilet Sets ... Derby Silver Sets... Derby Silver Toilet and Manicure Sets... " The Herald Times (New Orleans), possible Christmas supplement, presumably p. 8. cols. 3-7. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00667-68).



1917 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (19 December 1917). Advertisement: "... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] Toilet Sets... " [with no related illustrations]. The Washington Times (Washington, DC), p. 20, col. 2. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00653).

1918 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (31 January 1918). Advertisement: "... Smoking Sets... Of derby silver [/ International Silver Co.] ... " Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 5, col. 7. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00632-33).


1919 advertisements

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1919 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (7 December 1919). Advertisement: "... Silverware Gifts for Men... Men’s Military Sets... Derby Silver Co. [/ International Silver Co.] ..." [with product illustrations.] Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 24, cols. 1-4. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00644-45).

1919 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (21 December 1919). Advertisement: "... Men’s Sets, Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] ..." [with apparently no related illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 24, col. 4. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00646-47).



1920s

1920 advertisements

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1920 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (5 December 1920). Advertisement: "... Silverware Gifts for Men... Men’s Derby Silver [ / International Silver Co.] Military Sets... consisting of two brushes and comb in lined box, a large assortment of styles, some perfectly plain, hammered, engraved and fancy pattern..." [Also see Derby Silver mentions to the left; with no clearly identifiable illustrations.] Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 9. cols. 1-2. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00636-38).

1920 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (13 December 1920). Advertisement: "... Extra quality Plated Silver Gifts for Men... Derby Silver [ / International Silver Co.] shaving stand... shaving mug... military sets... " [with product illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 14, cols. 3-5. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00639-40).



1921 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (30 November 1921). Advertisement: "... Silver-plated toilet ware... Derby Silver [/ International Silver Co.] ... " [with product illustration]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 15, col. 3. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00651-52).


1922 advertisements

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1922 - advertisement

Snellenburg & Co., Philadelphia. (20 June 1922). Advertisement: "... Five-piece quadruple silver-plated tea sets, made by the Derby Silver Co. [/ International Silver Co.] ..." [with illustration]. Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), p. 17, col. 3. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00662-63).

1922 - advertisement

Miller & Rhodes, presumably Richmond, VA. (6 August 1922). Advertisement: "... Four-Piece Silver Coffee Set... The Coffee Pot, Sugar Urn, and Cream Pitcher of this set are of quadruple plate, and was made by the Derby Silver Plate Company [/ International Silver Co.]— one of the best makers in America..." Richmond-Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA), p. 4, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00630-31).



1923 - advertisement

Palais Royal, presumably Washington, DC. (12 December 1923). Advertisement: "... Of Derby silver plate [/International Silver Co.], 2 brushes and comb, in lined case... 8-piece Manicure Set, Derby silver plate... " [with no relevant illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 23, col 3. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00629).


1940s

1947 - secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1960s

1967 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (November 1967). The card receiver in Victorian silverplate. Spinning Wheel, pp. 12-13. (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co.: card receiver (1883)
> Hartford Silver Plate Co.: card receiver (1856-62);
> Meriden Britannia Co.: two card receivers (1873, 1882); eight illustrations of card receivers from 1882 catalogue;
> Meriden Silver Plate Co.: card receiver (c. 1885);
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: card receiver (1856-62);
> Also, Middletown Plate Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; and Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. are mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1968 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (June 1968). Brides baskets and bowls. Spinning Wheel, pp. 16-17. (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co. / Victor Silver Co.: silverplated stand (undated);
> Meriden Britannia Co.: fruit bowl (c. 1895), two fruit stands (c. 1879), silverplated basket (c. 1896);
> Rogers & Brother: basket (1890);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: basket (c. 1896), fruit bowl (1886);
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.: (1889);
> Also Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. is mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1968 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (December 1968). Figural napkin rings for collectors. Spinning Wheel, pp. 12-14. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Barbour Silver [Plate] Co. pear and leaves napkin ring (1895).
> Derby Silver Co. bird on wishbone napkin ring (1886).
> Meriden Britannia Company: two reprinted pages from 1882 catalogue showing 13 napkin rings; reprinted excerpt from 1886 catalogue showing figural boy and girl pepper shakers and cat napkin ring; seven others (1873, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1886, 1888).
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: cupids holding napkin ring (1878).
> Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: two reprinted pages from 1886 catalogue showing 12 napkin rings; another one shown (1879).
> E. G. Webster & Bro. bird napkin ring (1873). > Wilcox Silver Plate Co. pug with glass eyes napkin ring (1884, another 1873).
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. squirrel napkin ring (1889).

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.
"The trend toward ornamenting napkin rings with full round figures started about 1879 and reached its peak about 1886... So popular were these figural napkin rings that in a short three-year period— 1886, 1887, and 1888— five firms in the Meriden, Conn. area offered 82 different designs... By 1900, tastes had changed and the demand for fancy napkin rings dwindled away to nothing..." (Excerpt from above.)


1970s

1971 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (September 1971). Collectible silverplated jewel caskets of long ago. Spinning Wheel, pp. 10-11. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co. / Victor Silver Co.: three jewel caskets, one in Art Nouveau style (1883, c. 1896, c. early 1900s);
> Meriden Britannia Co: three jewel caskets (1873-77, 1879, c. 1879);
> Meriden Silver Plate Co.: jewel casket (c. 1880);
> Middletown Plate Co.: jewel casket (c. 1874);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: three jewel caskets (1884, 1896, c. 1896);
> Also, Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. is mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1971 - magazine article mention

Lantz, Louise K. (September 1971, date needs confirmation). Pewter of the 1920’s. [Over 50 illustrations of objects shown, including reprinted illustration of promotional page entitled INSICO pewter brand, which "identifies Derby Silver Company" (/ISC); three pages entitled "Pewter by Wilcox" made by Wilcox Silver Plate Co. /ISC; and a reprinted promotional page by Puritan Pewter, a brand of the International Silver Company.] Spinning Wheel, pp. 24-26. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00698.)

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1975 - Derby Silver in exhibitions

(1975). Forms in metal: 275 years of metalsmithing in America exhibition catalogue. Exhibition dates: 17 January - 2 March 1975 at Finch College Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; 16 March - 20 April 1975 at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. (Viewed 17 October 2016. AAA00361.)

1975 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (June 1975). The old fashioned ice pitcher. Spinning Wheel. Four-page article but page numbers unclear.] (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co. (late 1880s);
> Meriden Britannia Co. double-walled ice pitchers (1855, 1867), ice urn (c. 1875), tilting pitcher sets (c. 1874, 1878);
> Rogers, Smith & Co. tilting pitcher set (1886);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co. double-walled pitcher (1873) and tilting pitcher set (1885).
> Article also mentions Middletown Plate Co. and Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1977 - secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

1978 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (April 1978). 19th century call bells in silverplate. Spinning Wheel, pp. 16-17+. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00698.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: 8 call bells from 1861 catalogue; 3 figural call bells from their 1878 catalogue; 18 call bells from their 1886 catalogue;
> Also, Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company; Derby Silver Company; Meriden Bronze Company; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Middletown Plate Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1979 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (March 1979). Silverplated toilet ware of long ago. [Includes reprinted illustrations: two design set illustrations by American Silverplate Co. (c. 1915; c. 1920); two by Derby Silver Company (c. 1904; c. 1920); Forbes Silver Co. (1914); Meriden Britannia Company (c. 1900); Meriden Silver Plate Co. / Eureka Silver Co. (c. 1920); Victor Silver Co. (n. d.)]. Spinning Wheel, pp. 32-33. (9 November 2017. AAA00695.)

  • Offline, "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.
"Art Nouveau designs were widely used and in this area the Derby Silver Company seems to have excelled. Under both the Derby and Victor trademarks they offered more than twenty-five designs..." (Excerpt from article above.)


1980s

1980 - secondary source

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. (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’." (Excerpt from above.)


1986 - Derby Silver in Met exhibition

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

1987 - magazine article

Cramer, Diana. (September /October 1987). [Derby Silver Company - cigarette box]. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00204.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver companies that were connected to the International Silver Company, and those from the Meriden area; go to the historical Meriden design overview page and scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".



1990s

1991 - magazine article

Cramer, Diana. (July / August 1991). [Derby Silver Company - silver plate]. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 7 September 2017. G00203.)

1995 - Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

Venable, Charles L. (1995). Silver in America, 1840-1940: A century of splendor. Book / catalogue accompanying exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art (6 November 1994 - 29 January 1995). (Viewed 21 August 2016. AAA00075.)

1996 - Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

31 March - 14 July 1996. Hot cars, high fashion, cool stuff: Designs of the 20th century at Dallas Museum of Art. (Viewed 1 August 2018. AAA03380-82.)

> Exhibited Derby Silver Co. / ISC. (c. 1915-30). Pitcher.


2000s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Derby Silver Company" and "Victor Silver Company", (pp. 58, 261). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 17 August 2017. A02888; A02914; A02914b; A02914c.)


2010s

2012 - mention in presented paper

Murphy, James. (2012). Shaken not stirred— the evolution of the cocktail shaker [with mention of Derby Silver Co. / International Silver Co., p. 9]. Presented paper at the First Dublin Gastronomy Symposium, (June 5-6). (Viewed 16 October 2018. C00301).

2016-17 - Derby Silver Co. in exhibition

(c. 2016). Exhibition announcement for Shaken, stirred, styled: The art of the cocktail exhibition at Dallas Museum of Art (18 November 2016 - 12 November 2017). (Updated 2 December 2016. AAA000155-56; AAA00542-43.)

  • Online - Dallas Museum of Art;
  • Offline - Exhibition checklist - Dallas Museum of Art (confirms Derby Silver Co. / ISC cocktail shaker by George Berry in the exhibition).


n. d.

Map

(Undated). Derby Silver Company - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)

Article

(Undated). "The Derby Silver Company". ("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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On Derby Silver - 1: designs in collections, exhibitions, etc. | 2: design catalogues, etc.