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 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.
It’s moderately priced line of silverplate were quite well known and continued to be made and marketed by [the International Silver Company] in the Meriden Britannia factory until 1935."
— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 168.
In 1898, Forbes Silver Company became part of the International Silver Company.
A. Forbes Silver Co. (ISC division) design catalogues and historical information 
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(c. 1894-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)
Forbes Silver Co. / (ISC). (1907). Wares in silver plate... Meriden, CT: 156 pp. (Updated 15 April 2017. A00254.)
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.)
Forbes Silver Co. / (ISC). (1911). The Forbes Silver Co., makers of wares in silverplate [Catalogue ; no. 17]. 270 pp. (Updated 15 April 2017. A00255.)
Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor) (1913). "Makers of Wares in Silver Plate, Catalogue No. 19". (Updated 15 April 2017. A00256.)
Forbes Silver Co. (International Silver Co., successor.) (1915). [Supplement to catalogue no. 20]. 31 pp. (Updated 15 April 2017. A01016.)
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.)
Forbes Silver Plate Company / (ISC). (c. 1932). Forbes Silver Plate Company [illustrated catalogue]. (Updated 15 April 2017. A00258.)
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.)
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.)
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.) 
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.)
 "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]
 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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