E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co. - designs in collections, at auction, and in exhibitions

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LINK: Webster design catalogues and historical information


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 listed on the Design Meriden - Webster design catalogues and historical information page.)

Also, evidence shows that by 1954 the "Webster-Wilcox" division, combining E. G. Webster & Son and the Wilcox Silver Plate Co., at the International Silver Co. was formed. However, for the historical record, it is incorrectly noted as happening in either 1960 or 1963 in Edmund P. Hogan’s An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), (pp. 164 & 170). See the 1954 advertisement listed on the Design Meriden - Webster-Wilcox design catalogues and historical information page.



A. E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co - 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

1863-86 - pickle jar

E. G. Webster & Bro. (1863-86). Pickle jar. (Accession no. 1999.602.1-4. Viewed 31 August 2020. J00520).

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).

c. 1863-86 - condiment set

E. G. Webster & Bro. (c. 1863-86). Condiment set (Identifier: V 6248.1. Viewed 6 May 2020. J00298).

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).

1873-86 - glass holder

Presumably E. G. Webster & Bro. (1873-86). Glass holder. (Identifier: 124012. Viewed 6 May 2020. J00299).

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.)

c. 1880s - serving tray

E. G. Webster & Son. (c. 1880s). Serving tray. (Accession no. 77.14.1. Viewed 20 November 2020. J00964).

c. 1885 - nut bowl

E. G. Webster & Bro. (c. 1885). Nut bowl. (Accession no. 1989.0698. Viewed 9 February 2021. J01088).

1886 - two oil lamps

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886). Two oil lamps. (Accession no. 1987.0001. Viewed 9 February 2021. J01086-87).

  • National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: lamp 1; lamp 2.

after 1886 - moustache cup and saucer

E. G. Webster & Son. (after 1886). Moustache cup and saucer. (Identifier: 116176. Viewed 6 May 2020. J00300).

1886-1928 - inkstand

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886-1928). Inkstand. (Accession no. 166645. Viewed 24 September 2020. J00769).

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). Pitcher. Silver, wood. (Accession no. 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.)

1886-1928 - tobacco box

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886-1928). Tobacco box. (Accession no. 200122. Viewed 24 September 2020. J00768).


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.)

c. 1897 - trophy

E. G. Webster & Son. (c. 1897). Trophy. (Accession no. M91.28.3. Viewed 4 February 2021. J01068).


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).




1950s


Evidence shows that by 1954 the "Webster-Wilcox" division, combining E. G. Webster & Son and the Wilcox Silver Plate Co., at the International Silver Co. was formed. However, for the historical record, it is incorrectly noted as happening in either 1960 or 1963 in Edmund P. Hogan’s An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), (pp. 164 & 170). (See the 1954 advertisement on the Design Meriden - Webster-Wilcox documentation page.)



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).

n. d. - bonbon dish

[Unspecified] Webster. (undated). Bonbon dish. (Cat. no. MP.2005.012.129. Viewed 4 July 2020. J00482).

1886-1928 - dish

E. G. Webster & Son. (1886-1928). Dish. (Accession no. 207992. Viewed 21 February 2021. J01131).

n. d. - candy dish

E. G. Webster & Son. (undated). Candy dish. (Cat. no. H65.30.793. Viewed 19 October 2020. J00902).

n. d. - trophy

E. G. Webster & Son. (undated). Trophy. (Accession no. 65.20.2. Viewed 20 November 2020. J00963).

n. d. - spoon holder

E. G. Webster & Son. (undated). Spoon holder. (Cat. no. H65.30.801. Viewed 19 October 2020. J00903).

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. - 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 D: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and E: "Other featured companies".



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


1870s

1872 - Nashville Exposition

c. May 1872. Nashville Exposition, Nashville, Tennessee. (D00604).

> Unspecified designs by Rogers, Smith & Co. and Webster Manufacturing Co. exhibited by F. L. Davies & Bro., jewelers, Nashville. In a display combining designs by the two companies, "tea sets, waiters, epergnes, cake baskets, tureens, butter dishes, and other things" were presented.

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

1872 - Brooklyn exposition

30 September - 16 October 1872. The Exposition and Industrial Fair of Kings County, Brooklyn Rink, Brooklyn, New York (Clermont Avenue, near Myrtle Avenue).

> "An exceedingly rich display of goods" exhibited by Webster Manufacturing Company. (See more details below in 1872 news reports.)

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


1930s

1938 - Good Housekeeping exhibition house, Garden City, NY

c. February 1938. Good Housekeeping exhibition house, Garden City, New York.

> Exhibited "plated silver, ’Webster’ reproductions, International Silver Co. [possibly referring to E. G. Webster & Son.]

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



See other exhibitions noted as including unspecified International Silver Company designs (1928-present). At this developing research point, E. G. Webster & Son designs could have been exhibited in some of these 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.)



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