Edward Miller & Co. historical design catalogues and primary source documentation (2016)

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Edward Miller & Co. (1844-1924) design catalogues, other historical information, and key secondary sources

Introduction, c. 1893:

MILLER CO., EDWARD
This business was started by Horatio N. Howard in 1844. One year later it was sold to Edward Miller. Edward Miller & Co., a corporation was organize in 1866, with a capital of $200,000 [...] and have since 1885 been the manufacturers of that well known lamp the "Rochester," and now are putting upon the market the crowning effort in the line of great lamps, "The Miller," [...] The factory turns out immense quantities of lamp goods and trimmings of every description, brass kettles and numerous small articles are also made. A Rolling mill is connected with the factory [...] One of the best equipped Brass Foundries in the State forms part of the plant, and altogether the business gives employment to about 700 persons. [...] Its officers at present are, President, Edward Miller; Secretary and Treasurer, Edward Miller, Jr.; Assistant Treasurer, Benj. C. Kennard; Superintendant, R.T. Lattin; Assistant Superintendent, Arthur E. Miller.’

— D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Miller Co., Edward." (page 211), also illustration on another page. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Viewed 13 March 2016. [A00085-87]



A. Edward Miller & Co. design catalogues

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1856). [Catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. [1]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (1856). Reprinted page of catalogue (1856). In Scheips, Marguerite T. 1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 20). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (Copy in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 1 August 2016.

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Edward Miller & Co. (August 1, 1868). Price list of Edward Miller & Co. ..., manufacturers of coal oil burners, lamp trimmings, tinmen’s hardware, machine oilers. Number of pages unknown. University of Virginia call no. TS199 .A5 H32 no. 07; Harvard Hollis no – 007830895. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A00742; A01071]

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Edward Miller & Co. (1876). Price list ... sheet brass, German silver ... [trade catalogue]. 59 pp. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, call no. Trade Cats. M; record ID 53160. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00732]



"The company continued to flourish through the 1870’s and even more in the 1880’s. New buildings were added, new departments were started, and new stores were opened at 56-58 Park Place and 51-53 Barclay Street in New York City. Stores were opened in Boston (at 38 Pearl Street) and in Chicago, and salesrooms were opened in Philadelphia and San Francisco..."

"[Later] Edward Miller and Company not only was selling its products in the United States, but also exporting them to Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. In the 1890’s the company even had an agent, John Hodsall, in Buenos Aires."

—Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 31 & 34). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.



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Edward Miller & Co. (1881). Illustrated catalogue of bronzed parlor ornaments. Number of pages unknown. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 40.110.1. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00733]

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Westland Safety Lamp Co. (1881). Distributor brochure featuring products by Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co., Meriden Malleable Iron Co., Meriden Flint Glass Co., and E. Miller & Co. Providence, RI, 10 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware / Supported by Design Meriden. Viewed 10 March 2016. [A00017; A00717]

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Edward Miller & Co. (c. 1894). “Edward Miller & Co. No. 43 catalogue. c. 1894”. In Four Victorian kerosene lighting catalogs / compiled by David Broughton, Sirlampsalot Publications, c. 2005. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. TH7967.F77 1885-1892r. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01072]

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Edward Miller & Co. (1899). Catalogue of Miller oil heaters: designs for 1899, [catalogue no. 63]. Meriden, CT, 9 pp. Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT / Supported by Design Meriden. Viewed 30 May 2016. [A00069; A00722; AAA00024; C00003; C00011]

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Edward Miller & Co. (undated). List price for no. 71 catalogue… burners for kerosene, lard and light oils, fluid, alcohol, etc. lamps and trimmings, out-door lamps and lanterns, marine lamps, etc. etc.. 8 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 644.3 M648m #71 – offline. Viewed 2 July 2016. [C00002-05]

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Edward Miller & Co. (1901-02). Sole Manufacturers... Miller-Empress-Juno-Dresden-Astral Center Draught Lamps. [catalogue no. 78, 1901-1902]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 57.574.3. Viewed 13 March 2016. [A00070]

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Edward Miller & Co. (1902). Latest model: The improved electrolite [catalogue no. 79]. 16 pp. Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT / Supported by Design Meriden. Viewed 30 May 2016. [A00723; AAA00025]

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Edward Miller & Co. (1902). Portables, desk or newel standards for gas and electricity [catalogue no. 80, supplement to No. 77 of 1901]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 54.525.4. Viewed 13 March 2016. [A00071]

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Edward Miller & Co. (c. 1904). "Catalogue no. 97, Dept. C.". Meriden, CT, 31 pp. Courtesy: Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York. (Click "download"). Viewed 10 March 2016. [A00011]

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Edward Miller & Co. (after 26 March 1895). Center draught lamps [catalogue no. 103]. Number of pages unknown. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 53.595.1. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00734]

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Edward Miller & Co. (c. 1901). The Electrolite: A treatise on advanced house lighting [trade catalogue]. 23 pp. [2005 reprint; author: J.W. Courter]. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. TH7967.E25 1901r. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01070]

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Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Burners, lamps, and trimmings [No. 116 (see entry below)]. 69 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 644.3 M648m #116. Viewed 20 July 2016. [C00014-68]

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Edward Miller & Co. (1905?). Burners, lamps and trimmings. [Reprint of c. 1905 catalog; no. 116.] 68 pp. ("Date does not appear on catalog"). Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. TH7967.E25 1905r & F-18655. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00735]

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Edward Miller & Co. (c. 1909). Gas, electric and combination fixtures [catalogue no. 99]. 16 pp. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Québec ID no. 89-B7126. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00744]



"In 1910... the company installed 1,500 [new tungsten filament lamp fixtures] in the Kaufmann store in Pittsburgh, the largest installation of tungsten lamps up to that time."

—Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 47). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.



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General Electric. (1923). General Electric Lighting Equipment – Edward Miller & Company (catalogue). No copy in a public library known to exist. Viewed 1 August 2016. [2]

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General Electric. (1923). Reprint of cover of General Electric Lighting Equipment – Edward Miller & Company (catalogue). In Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 48). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. Viewed 1 August 2016.

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Edward Miller & Co. (undated). … Marine lamps. 20 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 974.62 M651mi #2– offline; Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, call no. VM 861 M5. Viewed 20 July 2016. [C00002-11]

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Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Miller-lamps, burners, accessories, oil heaters, etc. [Catalogue X143] 78 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 644.3 M648m #143 –offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [C00014-04]

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Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Miller gas portables [Catalogue no. 145], 23 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 644.3 M648 #145 – offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [C00002-08]



"At a board of directors meeting on February 22, 1924, the assets of Edward Miller and Company, ’property, good will and business as a going concern,’ were formally transferred to ’The Miller Company, a Connecticut corporation..."

—Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 52). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.



B. Edward Miller & Co. - other historical information

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(1844-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

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Edward Miller & Co. records, 1855-1871. [10 linear feet; 41 volumes] [Call no.: 74001]. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT. [A00019]

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Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Edward Miller & Co." section (pp. 489-90). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780. (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) 1086 pp. Courtesy University of California Libaries. Meriden: Published by the author. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00793-94]

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(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 10 showing Centre street and E. Miller & Co. site.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 21 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00008]. For other maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "Edward Miller & Co. (illustration)". In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 54. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00787-88].

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Hall, Henry. (1895). "Edward Miller", owner/manufacturer, Edward Miller & Co. (page 557). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. Courtesy University of California, Berkeley. Viewed 13 March 2016. [A00083; A00084]

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Edward Miller & Co. (1887-1900). [Collection of oil lamp patents, 1887-1900]. [Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent Office, 1887-1900]. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, call no.: Range 95, Bay 5, Shelf 3, Oil lamp patents, 1887-1900. Viewed 11 March 2016. [A00018]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Edward Miller & Co." section including 4 portraits, 4 photos of interiors and illustration of building, (pp. 3-10). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Edward Miller & Co. management: Abiram Chamberlain (director) (pp. 442-44 including portrait); Isaac Chauncey Lewis (director) (pp. 354-58 including portrait). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part II). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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Marquis, Albert Nelson. (1915). "Edward Miller" (p. 746). In Who’s who in New England, (2nd ed.). 1207 pp. A. N. Marquis & Company: Chicago. Courtesy Harvard University. Viewed 17 June 2016. [A00860; A00862] For more historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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(17 May 1916). Advert: Edward Miller & Co. [States the following - factory: Meriden, CT; Salesrooms: 201 Congress St., Boston; 66 and 70 Park Place, New York; 1727 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.] Meriden Morning Record. Viewed 22 October 2016. [AAA00373]

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(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 1. [On Abiram Chamberlain: director, Meriden Cutlery Company; director, Edward Miller & Co. (pp. 269-71 and portrait).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 27 November 2016. [AAA00519-21]

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(1917).

Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 3. [On Edward Miller and Edward Miller (II) (pp. 5-8).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00525;AAA00532-34]

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(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut

. [Including illustration of Edward Miller & Co., 99 Center Street] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Viewed 2 July 2016. [A01020-21]. (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps webpage.)

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(3 March 1924). "$5,000,000 combine formed by the Edward Miller Company with its new headquarters here." Meriden Morning Record, pp. 1-2. Viewed 24 July 2016. [A01105-12]

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Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Edward Miller & Co, (pp. 86-7; 177-78; 199). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). Courtesy of University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT. Viewed 27 November 2016. [A00789-90]

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Edward Miller & Company. (undated). 139 patents (bottom of the page). Thelampworks website. Viewed 10 March 2016. [A00016]



C. Key secondary sources

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Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Edward Miller & Company, [pp. 33 (reprinted advert), 37]. In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. Yale University call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize. (See worldcat.org for more locations.) Viewed 29 November 2016. [A00804]

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LeCleire Taylor, Gay. (1997). Slivers of light: Rich cut oil lamps (exhibition catalogue). Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ. 12 pp. [Including designs by the J. D. Bergen Co.; burners / oil pots included in glass designs by Bradley & Hubbard and Edward Miller & Co.] Viewed 8 June 2016. (Copy in the offline Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library.) [A00757-58]

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Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Weathers, Allen L.) (1995). The Miller Company, the first 150 years: The story of a successful American business, 1844-1994. Connecticut; 175 pp. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, classification no. HD9729.M48 S33 1995; Meriden Public Library, call no. 974.62 SC. Viewed 13 March 2016. (Copy in the offline Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library.) [A00093-94]

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Pritchard, David. (1968). Edward Miller and Company, from 1844-1923. MA thesis, Trinity College, Hartford, 74 pp., call no. O P9614. [A00080]



Footnote:
[1] See: Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 20). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.

[2] Ibid., p. 48.




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