Edward Miller & Co. design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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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]


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1840s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1844-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)


1850s

Company records

Edward Miller & Co. records, 1855-1871. (10 linear feet; 41 volumes. Updated 17 April 2017. A00019.)

Missing design catalogue

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

Design catalogue excerpt

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. (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)


1860s

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (August 1, 1868). Price list of Edward Miller & Co. ..., manufacturers of coal oil burners, lamp trimmings, tinmen’s hardware, machine oilers. 24 pp. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00742; A01071.)


1870s

Historical information

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.) (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (1876). Price list ... sheet brass, German silver ... [trade catalogue]. 59 pp. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00732.)

Edward Miller & Co. in 1876 exhibition

(1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [Listed: Edward Miller, (p. 107). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.] 134 pp. S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

Edward Miller & Co. in 1876 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 Edward Miller & Co. (p. 126) Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (1877). Illustrated catalogue of bronzed parlor ornaments. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 30 April 2017. A02340.)

"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.

Patents

Edward Miller & Co. (1887-1900). [Collection of oil lamp patents, 1887-1900]. [Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent Office, 1887-1900]. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00018.)


1880s

Edward Miller & Co. in Sydney Exhibition

Commission of the United States. (1879). Sydney International Exhibition: United States Court - Official catalogue of exhibits. (For E. Miller & Co., see pp. 10, 19.) (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01524-27.)

Edward Miller & Co. in Melbourne Exhibition

(1880). Melbourne International Exhibition 1880; The official catalogue of the exhibits, with introductory notes of the countries exhibiting, v. II, second edition to the first issue. [American exhibits, including "E. Miller & Co." (Class 25.— Bronzes and various Art Castings and Repousse Work, & Class 27.— Apparatus and Processes for Heating and Lighting) (p. 235).] Viewed 28 June 2016. [A00997-1000]

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (1881). Illustrated catalogue of bronzed parlor ornaments. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00733.)

Design catalogue reprint

Edward Miller & Co. (1881). Reprint of Illustrated catalogue: Bronzed, decorated and real bronze lamps and cigar lighters. Fairweather Antiques, Meriden (1976). 100 pp. (Updated 17 April 2017. A01461; A02237.)

Design brochure

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. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00017; A00717.)

Illustrations of buildings

Porter, Wils (lithographer). (1881). Illustrations of Edward Miller & Co. and Edward Miller residence. In Meriden, Conn. 1881 / From Summit Heights. [print (lithograph)]. B. S. Farrow (Publisher). (Object no. 1973.0498.004. Viewed 3 June 2017. A02584-85.)

Map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map. (p. 10 showing Centre street and E. Miller & Co. site.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)


1890s

Article

(Sept. 1890). "Edward Miller & Co." (including a table lamp illustration). The Decorator and Furnisher, 16(6), p. 214. (Viewed 9 January 2017. A01462. DM.)

Historical information

(1891). On "The Celebrated Rochester Lamp" and Edward Miller & Co., (p. 155). In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01543; A01558-59.)

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (c. 1894). Celebrated "Miller" and "Juno" lamps: table, banquet, piano, bracket and pendant styles. Parlor tables with onyx tops. ["Supplement to No. 41 catalogue: 1894 No. 45 1895"]. 96 pp. Meriden, CT. (Updated 17 April 2017. A01463.)

Design catalogue reprint

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. A01072.)

Historical information

Moore, William F. (1894). On "Edward Miller", (pp. 152-54 with portrait illustration). In Representative men of Connecticut, 1861-1894. Massachusetts Publishing Co.: Everett, MA. (Viewed 28 May 2017. A02458-61.)

Advertisement

(10 April 1895). Advertisement: The Miller Oil Heaters. [Illustrations of no. 327 & no. 328, no. 3 Lift Burners.] [New York: 10 & 12 College Place and 66 Park Place - Boston: 63 Pearl Street - Chicago: Rooms 808 and 809 Masonic Temple.] In (10 April 1895), Hardware v. 11, p. 27. (Viewed 30 April 2017. A02334-35.)

Historical information

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. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00787-88.)

Historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). "Edward Miller", owner/manufacturer, Edward Miller & Co., (p. 557). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). New York: The New York Tribune. (Viewed 13 March 2016. A00083; A00084.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Edward Miller & Co.", (p. 931). 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; A02633.)

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (1899). Catalogue of Miller oil heaters: designs for 1899 [catalogue no. 63]. Meriden, CT, 9 pp. (Viewed 30 May 2016. A00069; A00722; AAA00024; C00003; C00011.)

Design catalogue

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. (Viewed 2 July 2016. C00002-05.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 644.3 M648m #71.


1900s

Design catalogue reprint

Edward Miller & Co. (c. 1901). The Electrolite: A treatise on advanced house lighting [trade catalogue]. 23 pp. [2005 reprint; author: J.W. Courter]. (Updated 17 April 2017. A01070.)

Edward Miller & Co. in 1901 Exposition

(1901). Official catalogue and guide book to the Pan-American Exposition. (190 pp.) Buffalo, NY: Charles Ahrhart. [Exhibitors include Edward Miller & Co. (p. 92)]. (Viewed 3 June 2017. A01052-54.) [2]

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (1901-02). Sole Manufacturers... Miller-Empress-Juno-Dresden-Astral Center Draught Lamps. [catalogue no. 78, 1901-1902]. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00070.)

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (1902). Latest model: The improved electrolite [catalogue no. 79]. 16 pp. (Viewed 30 May 2016. A00723; AAA00025.)

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (1902). Portables, desk or newel standards for gas and electricity [catalogue no. 80, supplement to No. 77 of 1901]. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00071.)

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Incandescent gas burners for artificial gas and natural gas [catalogue no. 89]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AAA00608-02.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue/booklet

Edward Miller & Co. (1905-06). Gas, electric and combination fixtures [catalogue/booklet no. 90]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AAA00608-03.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (c. 1904). "Catalogue no. 97, Dept. C." Meriden, CT, 31 pp. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00011.)

Design booklet

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Gas, electric and combination fixtures [catalogue/booklet no. 99]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AAA00608-08.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design booklet

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Incandescent gas burners [catalogue/booklet no. 102]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AAA00608-08.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design booklet

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Upright and inverted gas burners: Latest production for incandescent gas lighting [Supplement to Edward Miller & Co.’s no. 102 booklet]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AAA00608-03.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (1905?). Burners, lamps and trimmings. [Reprint of c. 1905 catalog; no. 116.] 68 pp. ("Date does not appear on catalog"). (Updated 17 April 2017. A00735; C00014-68.)

Historical information

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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Historical information

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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (c. 1909). Gas, electric and combination fixtures [catalogue no. 99]. 16 pp. (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.

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Center draught lamps [catalogue no. 103]. Number of pages unknown. (Is listed as "after 1895" but refer to catalogue number.) (Updated 17 April 2017. A00734.)

Historical information

Marquis, Albert Nelson. (1915). "Edward Miller" (p. 746). In Who’s who in New England, (2nd ed.). A. N. Marquis & Company: Chicago. (Viewed 17 June 2016. A00860; A00862.)

Advertisement

(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, p. 9. (Viewed 22 October 2016. AAA00373.)

Historical information

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, v. 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. (Viewed 27 November 2016. AAA00519-21.)

Historical information

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, v. 3. [On Edward Miller and Edward Miller (II) (pp. 5-8).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00525;AAA00532-34.)

Map

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including illustration of Edward Miller & Co., 99 Center Street] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 2 July 2016. A01020-21.)


1920s

Missing design catalogue

General Electric. (1923). General Electric Lighting Equipment – Edward Miller & Company (catalogue). No copy in a public library known to exist. Viewed 1 August 2016. [3]

Design catalogue reprint excerpt

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. (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

"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.

Key newspaper article

(3 March 1924). "$5,000,000 combine formed by the Edward Miller Company with its new headquarters here." (Viewed 24 July 2016. A01105-12.)


1930s

Secondary source

(1930). In memorium: Edward Miller (1827-1909); Edward Miller (1851-1927); Arthur Eugene Miller (1863-1914). Number of pages unknown. Publisher unknown. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AAA00608-07.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.


1950s

Secondary source

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Edward Miller & Co, (pp. 86-7; 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). (Updated 2 June 2017. A00789-90.)

"The switchboard used in Meriden, which is the oldest commercial switchboard still in existence (the days-older New Haven switchboard having been destroyed) was built in the Edward Miller [&] Co. in Meriden by Roger D. Blish." (p. 199 from source above.)


1960s

MA thesis

Pritchard, David. (1968). Edward Miller and Company, from 1844-1923 (MA thesis). 74 pp. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00080.)


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Edward Miller & Co." mentions, [pp. 123 (Rochester lamp)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00804. DM.)


1990s

Secondary source

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. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00093-94; A02239.)

Edward Miller & Co. in 1997 exhibition

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. A00757-58; A02454. DM.)


2010s

Secondary source

Franco, Jan Leach. (2010). Photo of Edward Miller mansion, (p. 33); Reprinted Edward Miller & Co. advert (stores: 28-30 West Broadway, New York; 63 Pearl Street, Boston, Mass.), (p. 33). In: Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (Viewed 15 December 2016. DM.)


n. d.

Design brochure

Probably Edward Miller and Co. (undated). No. 657 “Miller” electric burner [for converting oil table lamps into electric portables] (brochure). Number of pages unknown.

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). [Miller’s Cecilia piano lamps]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 7 January 2007.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara - Special Collections, Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). [A treatise on advanced house lighting]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 7 January 2007.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara - Special Collections, Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). … Marine lamps. 20 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. C00002-11.)

  • Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT. (Search the library catalogue.)
  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 974.62 M651mi #2.

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Miller-lamps, burners, accessories, oil heaters, etc. [Catalogue X143] 78 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. C00014-04.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 644.3 M648m #143.

Design catalogue

Edward Miller & Co. (undated). Miller gas portables [Catalogue no. 145], 23 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. C00002-08.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 644.3 M648 #145.

Patents

Edward Miller & Company. (undated). 139 patents. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00016.)


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. University of Connecticut library, Storrs, CT, barcode no. B2433175 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [A00093-94; A02239]

[2] Ibid., p. 38. According to Scheips, Marguerite, "The Electrolite [by the company] won an award at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition".

[3] Ibid., p. 48.



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