E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co, Brooklyn - design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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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 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

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

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.)

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]

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.

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.)


1900s

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.)


1930s

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

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.


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

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.

E. G. Webster & Son in 1975 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.)

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

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

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.)



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