E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co, Brooklyn - designs, exhibitions, catalogues and historical information

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Webster Manufacturing Company E. G. Webster & Son E. G. Webster & Son


According to Earl Chapin May (1947), Webster Mfg. Co. started in 1859 in Brooklyn later became E. G. Webster & Bro. in 1863, and then became E. G. Webster & Son in 1886. The company later became part of the International Silver Company, headquartered in Meriden, CT in 1928. In this year, E. G. Webster & Son was moved from Brooklyn to Meriden.

— Earl Chapin May in A century of silver 1847-1947 (1947), inside front cover and p. 173. (See entry below.)



A. E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co, Brooklyn - designs in museums (by year)


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1850s

1859-63 - covered, decorative bowl

Webster Mfg. Co. (1859-63). Covered, decorative bowl. Silver plate. (Object ID no. B573. Viewed 12 July 2018. G02577-78).

1859-73 - tea urn

Webster Mfg. Co. (1859-73). Tea urn. Electroplated silver, ivory. (Cat. no. F10.0040. Viewed 6 July 2018. G02341-42).

c. 1859-86 - two plates

Webster Mfg. Co / E. G. Webster & Bros. (c. 1859-86). Two plates. Silver plate. (Accession no. H.2011.52.1-2. Viewed 11 June 2017. A02727-28.)


1860s

c. 1863-86 - water service

E. G. Webster & Bro. (c. 1863-86). Water service: pitcher; goblet; waste bowl; serving tray. (Accession no. 1986.012. Viewed 14 July 2018. G02683-90).

c. 1863-86 - stein

E. G. Webster & Bro. (1863-86). Stein. Silver plate. (Cat. no. 2004.11.07.ju. Viewed 6 July 2018. G02362-64).

1867-75 - serving tray

(Attributed to) Webster Manufacturing Company. (1867-75). Serving tray. Silver plate. (Accession no. 54.339.10. Viewed 6 June 2017. A02603.)


1870s

1870-73 - coffee or tea service

Webster Manufacturing Company. (1870-73). Coffee or tea service: coffeepot, sugar basin, and milk pot. (Accession no. 1989.436.1-3. Viewed 26 August 2018. J00135).

1875-90 - sugar bowl with lid

Hobbs, Brockunier & Co. / Webster Mfg. Co. (silver-plated frame). (1875-90). Sugar bowl with lid. (Accession no. 96.4.40. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01334.)


1880s

c. 1880 - water pitcher

E. G. Webster & Brothers. (c. 1880). Water pitcher. Engraved silverplate 13 x 11 1/2 in. (Accession no. 2005.11.1. Viewed 23 December 2016. A01325.)

1886-1928 - hot water pot

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886-1928). Hot water pot. Electroplated nickel silver; rattan. (Accession no. 1982.0273 A, B. Viewed 28 March 2017. A01840.)

1886-1928 - pitcher

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886-1928). Silver, wood. (Accession nos. 152368. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01339.)

1886-1928 - sugar bowl

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886-1928). Sugar bowl. Silver plate, glass liner. (Accession no. 1977.0918. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01340.)

1886-1928 - creamer

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886-1928). Creamer. Silver plate, glass liner. (Accession no. 1977.0918. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01341.)


1890s

c. 1890 - tea set

E. G. Webster & Son. (c. 1890). Tea set. (Accession nos. 88.65.1-4. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01335-38.)

1890-1940 - souvenir spoon

E. G. Webster & Son / possibly ISC. (1890-1940). Souvenir spoon (with insignia of the 23rd Infantry of the New York State National Guard). (Accession no. 2016.2.29. Viewed 6 June 2017. A02610.)

c. 1895 - two candlestick holders

E. G. Webster & Son. Two candlestick holders. Silver or silver plate. (Cat. nos. 1993.035.002a-b. Viewed 10 July 2018. G02463-65).

c. 1895 - creamer

E. G. Webster & Son. (c. 1895). Creamer. Silver plate. (Object no. 1941.842. Viewed 9 April 2017. A02085.)


1900s

c. 1901? - cup

Alice Morse Earle for E. G. Webster & Son. (c. 1901?). Cup. Silver. Object no. 99.40. (Viewed 21 April 2018. G02079).

early 20th c. - tray

E. G. Webster & Son. (early 20th century). Tray. (Accession no. HD P.388. Viewed 6 July 2018. G02325-26).


1910s

1913 - footed bowl, trophy, Art Nouveau design

E. G. Webster & Son. (1913). Footed bowl, trophy, Art Nouveau design. Silver or silver plate. (Cat. no. 2003.04.01. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02407-08).

1913 - platter, Art Nouveau design

E. G. Webster & Son. (1913). Platter, Art Nouveau design. Silver or silver plate. (Cat. no. 2003.04.02. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02409-10).

1913 - twelve punch cups, Art Nouveau design

E. G. Webster & Son. (1913). Twelve punch cups, Art Nouveau design. Silver or silver plate. (Cat. no. 2003.04.03-14. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02411-12).


1920s


E. G. Webster & Son became part of the International Silver Company in 1928. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the E. G. Webster & Son division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).




1960s


In either 1960 or 1963, E. G. Webster & Son merged under the trademark of "Webster-Wilcox". Both years are noted in Edmund P. Hogan (1977). An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company, pp. 164 & 170. See the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. designs page and scroll down for Webster-Wilcox.



n. d.

n. d. - covered dish and tray

E. G. Webster & Son. (undated, 1866-1960). Covered dish and tray. (Accession no. HD P.352. Viewed 6 July 2018. G02323-24).

20th c. - oval meat dish

E. G. Webster & Son. (20th century). Oval meat dish. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1991.457. Viewed 26 August 2018. J00137).

20th c. - oval meat dish

E. G. Webster & Son. (20th century). Oval meat dish. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1991.464. Viewed 26 August 2018. J00136).


B. E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co, Brooklyn - designs at auction


n. d.

n. d. - tea tray

Webster Mfg. Co. (undated). Victorian plated handled tray. (Viewed 23 December 2016. A01331.)

c. 1900 - bridal basket

E. G. Webster. (late 19th / early 20th century). Bridal basket. Silver plate. (Viewed 23 December 2016. A01333.)

n. d. - five-piece tea and coffee set, tray, water pitcher

E. G. Webster & Sons [sic] / (International Silver Co.). (undated). Five-piece tea and coffee set with matching tray and water pitcher. (Viewed 23 December 2016. A01324.)

n. d. - plated pair of entree dishes, hot water basin, lamp stand

E. G. Webster & Son. (undated). (Viewed 23 December 2016. A01332.)



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



C. E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co, Brooklyn - designs in exhibitions


1970s

1975 - New York and Cranbrook exhibitions

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


D. E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co, Brooklyn design catalogues and historical information


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1850s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1859-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)


1870s

1874 - eight advertisements

Louis. W. Melchor, Paw Paw, MI. (31 July - December 1874). Advertisement: "... Plated Ware ... Webster Mfg. Co. ... " [with no related illustrations]. The True Northerner (Paw Paw, Michigan). (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01017-24).

1878 - eleven listings

E. G. Webster & Bro. (February 1878). Listing (in full): "Manufacturers of Fine Silver Plated Ware. Office and Warerooms, 14 Malden Lane, New York." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. xxxvi. (Viewed 20 September 2017. G00503; G00506; G00511; G00515; G00519; G00522; G00526; G00530; G00534; G00537; G00541.)


1880s

1880 - advertisement

E. J. Lehmann, Chicago. (8 February 1880). Advertisement: "... Silverware Department... Webster Manufacturing Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. Chicago Daily Tribune, p. 8, col. 6. (Viewed 11 October 2018. B00942-43).

1881 - advertisement

W. L. Beitler & Co.’s Boston 99c Stores, Sedalia, MO & Boonville, MO. (23 February 1881). Advertisement: "... E. G. Webster & Bros. ..." The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo (Sedalia, Missouri), unknown page number. (Viewed 18 September 2018. B00315).

1881 - advertisement

W. L. Beitler & Co.’s Boston 99c Stores, Sedalia, MO. (19 April 1881). Advertisement: "... finest line of silverware we’ve ever had... [presumably E. G.] Webster [&] Bros. [sic] ..." The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo (Sedalia, Missouri), presumably p. 4, col. 8. (Viewed 18 September 2018. B00329-30).

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... E. G. Webster [&] Bros." The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo (Sedalia, Missouri), presumably p. 4, col. 8. (Viewed 19 September 2018. B00333).

c. 1884 - design catalogue

E. G. Webster & Brother. (c. 1884). Illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate. 91 pp. Brooklyn, NY: E. G. Webster & Brother. (Updated 15 April 2017. A01330.)

c. 1884 - design catalogue reprint

E. G. Webster & Brother. (c. 1884). Illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate. 91 pp. Brooklyn, NY: E. G. Webster & Brother. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3121). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. (Updated 15 April 2017. A00868; A00871; A01329.) [1]

1886 - news mention

(April 1886). Trade gossip (includes mention of E. G. Webster & Bro. and E. G. Webster & Son). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 101. (Viewed 6 September 2018. C00269.)

"The firm of E. G. Webster & Bro., having been dissolved, the business will be carried on in New York by E. G. Webster & Son."


1886 or after - design catalogue

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886 or after). [catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. (Holder has this dated as "18xx".) (Viewed 23 December 2016. C00014-36.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 739.2283 E111c.

1886 or after - scrapbook of catalogue illustrations

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886 or after). [Scrapbook of catalogue illustrations of silverware]. (Holder has this dated as "19th–20th century".) (Updated 15 April 2017. A01322.)

1887 - two advertisements

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


1890s

April 1892 - news mention

(20 April 1892). Pittsburgh (mention of E. G. Webster & Son.) The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 23. (Viewed 28 August 2018. H00354.)

"E. G. Webster, representing E. G. Webster & Son, paid his quarterly visit to Pittsburgh last week and reported to your correspondent that business is exceptionally good." (Excerpt in full from above.)


1899 - advertisement

The Gamble Desmond Co., presumably New Haven, CT. (15 May 1899). Advertisement: "... A Big Sale of Silverware... E. G. Webster & Son... " Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 4, cols. 5-7. (Viewed 11 October 2018. B00946-47).


1900s

1904 - advertisement

Macy’s, New York. (6 April 1904). Advertisement: "... E. [G.] Webster & Sons ..." The Sun (New York), p. 12, middle column. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00659).

1905 - advertisement

S. Kann Sons & Co. (11 October 1905). Advertisement: "... Our Fall Silverware Sale... E. G. Webster" [with unspecified graphical illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 6, cols. 3-7. (Viewed 11 October 2018. B00945).

1908-28 - design catalogue

E. G. Webster & Son. (1908-28). Catalogue no. 11. 59 pp. Brooklyn, N.Y. : E.G. Webster & Son. (Updated 15 April 2017. A01326.)


1910s

1911 - news mention

(17 July 1911). Hurt by gas explosion [at the silverware plant of E. G. Webster, Atlantic avenue, Brooklyn]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 11 October 2018. B00944).


1920s


E. G. Webster & Son became part of the International Silver Company in 1928. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the E. G. Webster & Son division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).




1930s

c. 1930s-1950s - personnel directory brochure

International Silver Company. (c. 1930s-1950s). Personnel directory for customers brochure. [Mentions 1847 Rogers Bros., Holmes & Edwards Silver Company, Wm. Rogers & Son, Webster & Wilcox hollowware.] 8 pp. (Viewed 13 August 2017. AAA00633.)


1940s

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "E. G. Webster & Son" mention (p. 173). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


1960s


In either 1960 or 1963, E.G. Webster & Son merged under the trademark of "Webster-Wilcox". Both years are noted in Edmund P. Hogan (1977). An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company, pp. 164 & 170. (However, a 1956 advertisement shows a "Webster-Wilcox" chafing dish. See the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. design catalogues page and scroll down for the 1956 advertisement and the statement and documentation listing for Webster-Wilcox.



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

1974 - magazine article

Hogan, E. P. (June 1974). Spittoons or cuspidors. Spinning Wheel, p. 46. [Reprinted illustrations of spittoons by Meriden Britannia (1855); additionally short mention: Other makers, such as Meriden Silver Plate Co., E. G. Webster & Bro. ... also made them— even as late as 1886."] It is possible that this article is more than one page.] (9 November 2017. AAA00695.)

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

1975 - E. G. Webster & Son in exhibitions

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

1977 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). "E. G. Webster & Son" mentions, [pp. 158; 169-70]; "E. G. Webster & Bro." mention [p. 158]. In An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

1980 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Webster" mentions, [pp. 26 (photo of E. G. Webster & Bro. napkin ring, 1873), 69-70 (including photo of Webster Mfg. Co. teapot, c. 1872), 72 (photo of E. G. Webster & Son teapot, c. 1890)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "E. G. Webster & Son", E. G. Webster & Bros., Webster Mfg. Co., Webster-Wilcox, Oneida Silversmiths, Brooklyn S. P. Co., (p. 270). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 17 August 2017. A02892a,b.)


Footnote:
[1] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2 (online), (entry no. 3121). 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00868; A00871] (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.)