Forbes Silver Co. design catalogues and historical documentation (2016)

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"FORBES SILVER CO., Meriden, Conn.
Starting in 1894, the Forbes Silver Company [,a secondary trademark of the Meriden Britannia Company,] produced a variety of small silverplated pieces for use by women in the home, including a very large line of silverplated toiletware, as well as a general line of household silverplate.

Its moderately priced line of silverplate were quite well known and continued to be made and marketed by [the International Silver Company, which in 1898 acquired Forbes and Meriden Britannia] ...until 1935."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 168.; Hogan in The elegance of old silverplate and some personalities, pp. 140-41. (See entries below.)



Forbes Silver Co. (ISC division) design catalogues and historical information (by year) [1]


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1890s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1894-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

c. 1896 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company. (c. 1896). The Forbes Silver Co. quadruple plated hollow ware. 52 pp. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00197-07).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1897 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company. (c. 1897). The Forbes Silver Co., makers of wares in silver plate. 71 pp. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00197-08).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1898 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company. (c. 1898). The Forbes Silver Co., makers of wares in silver plate. 76 pp. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00197-09).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


1898 magazine articles

See the articles


1898 - news brief

(April 1898). News brief: "The Forbes Silver Co., Meriden, Conn., ... Their catalogue... shows a very great variety of goods..." The Spatula (a magazine for pharmacists), p. 337. (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02976; AAA02980).

1898 - news announcement

(c. 26 September 1898; page number inconsistency). News brief: "The Forbes Silver Co., of Meriden, Conn., make an unusually artistic line of silverware..." American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, p. 20. (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02981).



1898 - two advertisements

Forbes Silver Co. (April 1898; May 1898). Advertisement: "The Forbes Silver Co. ... Meriden, Conn. New York Office: 1128 Broadway, between 25th and 26th Sts. [with five product illustrations]. The Spatula (a magazine for pharmacists). (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02976-79).



In 1898, Forbes Silver Company became part of the International Silver Company. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the Forbes Silver Company division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).



c. 1899 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1899). The Forbes Silver Co., (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 4]. 80 pp. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00197-10).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


1900s

c. 1900 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1900). The Forbes Silver Co., (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 5]. 97 pp. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00197-11).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1901 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1901). The Forbes Silver Co., (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 6]. 93 pp. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00197-12).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1902 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1902). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 7]. 105 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-01).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1903 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1903). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 8]. 109 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-02).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


1903 advertisements

See the ads


1903 - two advertisements

International Silver Company. (January-February 1903). Advertisements: "Makers of Wares of Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., Manhattan Silver Plate Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01135; G01151.)

1903 - four advertisements

International Silver Company. (March-June 1903). Advertisements: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co., Middletown Plate Co. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01154; G01159; .)



c. 1904 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1904). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 9]. 109 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-03).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

1904 - news announcement

(August 1904). News brief: Announcement of new catalogue no. 9 by Forbes Silver Co. / International Silver Co. Hardware Dealers’ Magazine, p. 265. (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02982-83).

c. 1905 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1905). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 10]. 129 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-04).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1906 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1906). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 11]. 136 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-05).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1907-08 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Co. / (ISC). (c. 1907-8). Wares in silver plate..., [cat. no. 12]. Meriden, CT: 156 pp. (Updated 27 July 2018. A00254; C00198-06).

c. 1908-09 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1908-09). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 13]. 166 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-07).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1909-10 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1909-10). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 14]. 181 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-08).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1909-10 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1909-10). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) soda fountain and bar accessories, [cat. no. 15]. 26 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-09).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


1910s

c. 1910-11 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1910-11). The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 16]. 200 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-10).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1910 - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (c. 1910). International Silver Co., Factory E, makers of silver plated holloware: catalogue no. 28. 168 pp. (pp. 109-167 consist of items from the Forbes Silver Plate Co. [sic]) (General note: "Meriden Silver Plate Co.") (Updated 15 April 2017. A00257.)

  • Offline - The Strong - National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.I5785 I5785 1910.

c. 1911-12 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Co. / (ISC). (c. 1911-12). The Forbes Silver Co., makers of wares in silverplate [cat. no. 17]. 270 pp. (Updated 27 July 2018. A00255; C00198-11.)

c. 1912-13 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1912-13). Plated hollow ware - The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 18]. 229 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-12).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

1913-14 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) (1913-14). "Makers of Wares in Silver Plate, Catalogue No. 19". 217 pp. (Updated 27 July 2018. A00256; C00198-13.)

c. 1914-16 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1914-15, 1915-16). Plated hollow ware - The Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 20]. [1914-15 catalogue with supplement valid until 1916. "some pages labeled Middletown Plate Co."] 237 pp. (206 pp + 31 pp, supplement.) (Viewed 27 July 2018. C00198-14).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1915-16 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor.) (c. 1915-16). [Supplement to catalogue no. 20]. 31 pp. (Viewed 27 July 2018. A01016; C00198-15.)


1920s

1920-21 - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1920-21). International Silver Co., Factory E makers of wares in silver plate, [cat. no. 21]. [Includes designs by Forbes Silver Plate Co. and Middletown Plate Co.] 142 pp. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00199-01).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1926 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1926). Silver plated hollowware - The Forbes Silver Co., (International Silver Co., successor) Factory E, [cat. no. 33]. 36 pp. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00199-02).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1928 - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1928 or 1929). Silver plated hollowware / International Silver Co., Factory E (catalog no. 34). Meriden, CT: International Silver Co., 187 pp. [Includes ISC (stamped Meriden Silver Plate Co.), pp. 6-126, with Ile of France Modernist line; ISC (stamped Meriden Britannia), pp. 127-49; and ISC (stamped Forbes Silver Plate Co.), pp. 151-187). (Updated 20 April 2017. A00257; AAA00164-165; A01209. DM.)



Click the following link to see the parallel webpage - Forbes Silver Company designs in collections and at auction.



1930s

c. 1930 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1930). The Forbes Silver Plate Co.... especially adapted for volume sales— made by International Silver Co., Factory E, [cat. no 38]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00199-03).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1932 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Plate Company / (ISC). (c. 1932). Forbes Silver Plate Company [illustrated catalogue]. (Updated 15 April 2017. A00258.)

1935 - design catalogue

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (1935). Forbes Silverplate, [cat no. 289]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00199-04).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


1940s

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Forbes Silver Company" mention (p. 118). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1970s

1976 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (May 1976). Silverware for children. Spinning wheel, pp. 13-16. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00699.)

Illustrations
> Forbes Silver Company: "Royal Baby Plate" (c. 1908-30);
> Hartford Silver Plate Co.: child’s cup (c. 1880);
> Holmes and Edwards Silver Co. / International Silver Company: "My own set", Danish Princess pattern (c. 1938);
> Meriden Britannia Company: 2 child’s cups (c. 1867, c. 1882), 3 child’s trays (1886), Princess pattern child’s set from 1879 catalogue;
> Middletown Plate Co. / Superior Silver Co.: child’s cup (c. 1890);
> 1847 Rogers Brothers: 2 child’s sets, Assyrian and Fairie pattern (c. 1887);
> Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.: 11 children’s cups, reprinted from 1860 catalogue;
> Rogers & Brother: 3 child’s cups (c. 1870, c. 1880, c. 1882);
> Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: 4 children’s bowl sets, reprinted from 1891 catalogue;
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.: child’s cup (c. 1896);
> Also, Rogers, Smith & Co. is also mentioned.

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

1977 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). "Forbes Silver Company" mentions, (pp. 158, 168.) In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

1978 - magazine article mention

Hogan, Edmund P. (September 1978). Victorian cracker jars & biscuit jars. Spinning wheel, pp. 8-9. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00699.)

Illustrations
> Middletown Plate Co.: 4 biscuit jars and a cracker jar, reprinted from catalogue (c. 1880)
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: 6 biscuit jars, reprinted from catalogue (c. 1880)
> Also, Forbes Silver Company and Meriden Flint Glass Co. are mentioned.

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

1979 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (March 1979). Silverplated toilet ware of long ago. [Includes reprinted illustrations: two design set illustrations by American Silverplate Co. (c. 1915; c. 1920); two by Derby Silver Company (c. 1904; c. 1920); Forbes Silver Co. (1914); Meriden Britannia Company (c. 1900); Meriden Silver Plate Co. / Eureka Silver Co. (c. 1920); Victor Silver Co. (n. d.)]. Spinning Wheel, pp. 32-33. (9 November 2017. AAA00695.)

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



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".



1980s

1980 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Forbes Silver Company" mentions, [pp. 106 ("Royal Baby Plate", c. 1908-30, with illustration); 142 (toiletware - hand mirrors, etc.]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.) [2]


2000s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Forbes Silver Company", (p. 78, short mention). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 14 August 2017. A02918.)


n. d.

n. d. - ring binder

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (undated). Silver plated hollow ware — ring binder. ["Similar loose leaf pages to cat. no. 289".] Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 28 July 2018. C00199-05).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

n. d. - two binders

Forbes Silver Company / International Silver Company. (undated). Two binders [contents unknown]. [Viewed 28 July 2018. C00199-06(-07)].

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


Footnote:
[1] "The Forbes Silver Company is a department of Factory E" (Meriden Britannia Company, now Factory E). In Hill, Everett G. (1918). A modern history of New Haven and eastern New Haven County, v. 1 (online), pp. 302-3. New York; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN. Viewed 11 June 2016. [A00777-78]

[2] See Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. Forbes Silver Company is identified as a "secondary brand" of the Meriden Britannia Company concerning the marketing of toiletware c. 1894-86, (pp. 141-42). University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]



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