Hall, Elton & Co. designs in collections and in expositions — and historical information

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| Design Meriden | 3 August 2017 | Updated 13 November 2018


Forbes Silver Plate basket


"[Formed in 1837], in 1890 the company was purchased by Maltby, Stevens & Curtiss which was in turn purchased by Watrous Mfg. Co." [Rainwater et al in 2004 Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (p. 96). See entry below.]



A. Hall, Elton & Co. designs in collections (by year)


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1840s

1840-60 - three dinner forks

Hall, Elton & Co. (1840-60). Three dinner forks. Silver. (Accession no. 1971.1124.1-3. Viewed 25 August 2017. G00035-37.)

  • Photos - Historic New England organization, Boston (fork 1; 2; 3).

c. 1841 - pair of spoons

Hall, Elton & Co. (c. 1841). Pair of spoons. Silver. (Accession no. X70.1015ab. Viewed 28 August 2017. G00081.)

c. 1841 - teaspoon

Hall, Elton & Co. (c. 1841). Teaspoon. Accession no. 1969.649. Viewed 1 September 2017. G00092.)


1860s

c. 1865 - tablespoon, Medallion pattern

Hall, Elton & Co. (c. 1865). Tablespoon, Medallion pattern. Silver plate. (Viewed 3 August 2017. A02798.)


B. Hall, Elton & Co. designs in expositions


1870s

1870 - American Institute Fair, New York

7 September - 2 November 1870. The American Institute Fair, New York.

> "Hall, Elton & Co., of Wallingford, Conn., and 36 Park Row, New York, are [exhibiting] splendidly finished knives, forks and spoons, all radially arranged from a common center", award "for silver plated forks, spoons, etc. Second premium".

  • For documentation, see historical section below.

1871 - American Institute Fair, New York

1871 (specific dates unknown.) American Institute Fair, New York.

> Unspecified designs, "Plated, Nickel, Silver, Forks and Spoons", exhibited by Hall, Elton & Co.

  • For documentation, see historical section below.

1876 - Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia

10 May - 10 November 1876. Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia.

> Unspecified designs exhibited, "electro-plated table ware, spoons, forks, ladles, knives, etc.", by Hall, Elton & Co.

  • For documentation, see historical section below.



See our Design Meriden compilation listing over 1000 exhibitions since 1853, featuring historical design associated with the Meriden area.



C. Hall, Elton & Co. historical information


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1830s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1837-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)


1860s

1868 - patent - improvement in dies for cutting spoon-blanks

F. A. Rich and H. W. Bassett, assignor to Hall, Elton, and Company. (16 June 1868). Letters patent no. 79,004: Improvement in dies for cutting spoon-blanks. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02234).



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1870s

1870 - historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Hall, Elton & Co." section, building illustration and portrait of Simpson (pp. 481). 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. Meriden: Published by the author. (Viewed 3 August 2017. A00793-94; A02796.)

1870 - annual report - Hall, Elton & Co. in American Institute Fair

(1871). Thirty-first annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1870-71, p. 27. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02588-89; L00847.)

  • Online - Courtesy University of Toronto.
  • Offline - (4 June 1870). The American Institute Fair for 1870— when and where it is to be held— character of the exhibition [with mention of scheduled opening and closing dates]. New York Times, p. 4.
American Institute Fair exhibitors (1870) include "Hall, Elton & Co., 36 Park row, (award) for silver plated forks, spoons, etc. Second premium". (Excerpt from annual report.)


1870 - spotlighted news mention - Hall, Elton & Co. in American Institute Fair

(19 October 1870). Fair of the American Institute (with mention: "Hall, Elton & Co., of Wallingford, Conn., and 36 Park Row, New York, are [exhibiting] splendidly finished knives, forks and spoons, all radially arranged from a common center"]. American Artisan, pp. 242 - presumably 243. (Viewed 13 November 2018. L00835).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1871 - Hall, Elton & Co. in American Institute Fair

(1872). Thirty-second annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1871-72. [Exhibitors (p. 28) in 1871 fair (specific dates unknown) include Hall, Elton & Co.] Albany: The Argus Company, Printers. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02586-87).

1871 - patent - design for a fork or spoon-handle

John M. Culver, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (11 April 1871). Design no. 4788: Design for a fork or spoon-handle. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02235).

1871 - patent - design for sugar-tongs

Joel Hall, 2d, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (10 October 1871). Design no. 5307: Design for sugar-tongs. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA002236).

1876 - Hall, Elton & Co. in Philadelphia 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 "Hall, Elton & Co., electro-plated table ware, spoons, forks, ladles, knives, etc."]. (Viewed 3 August 2017. A00965-75.)

1877 - patent - design for spoons, forks, etc.

John M. Culver, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (13 March 1877; 28 February 1877). Design no. 9850: Design for spoons, forks, etc. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA002237).

1877 - patent - design for handles of spoons and forks

John M. Culver, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (20 March 1877; filed 9 March 1877). Design no. 9861: Design for handles of spoons and forks. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA002238).

1877 - patent - improvement in dies for spoon-blanks

H. Williams Bassett, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (5 June 1877; filed 30 March 1877). Letters patent no. 191,639: Improvement in dies for spoon-blanks. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02233).

1878 - advertisements

Hall, Elton & Co. (c. February-December 1878). Advertisements: "... Manufacturers of the Finest Electro-Plated Ware... Salesroom, 75 Chambers St., New York". The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00501; G00505; G00508; G00513; G00517; G00521; G00524; G00528; G00533; G00536; G00539.)

1878 - patent - design for spoons

John M. Culver, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (8 October 1878; filed 26 September 1878). Design no. 10,859: Design for spoons. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02232).

1878 - patent - design for spoons

John M. Culver, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (8 October 1878; filed 26 September 1878). Design no. 10,860: Design for spoons. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02231).

1879 - advertisements

Hall, Elton & Co. (c. January - May 1879). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of the finest electro-plated ware..." [illustration of fork, Regent pattern]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 30 August 2018. B00295; B00299; E00235; E00238; E00242).

1879 - two advertisements

Hall, Elton & Co. (c. July - December 1879). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of the finest electro-plated ware..." [with illustration of fork, Regent pattern]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 1 September 2018. E00253; E00257).

1879 - three advertisements

Hall, Elton & Co. (c. July - December 1879). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of the finest electro-plated ware..." [with illustration of fork, Eastlake pattern]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 1 September 2018. E00264; E00268; E00270).

1879 - patent - design for spoon and fork handles

Frederick Waterhouse, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (11 November 1879; filed 2 October 1879). Design no. 11,508: Design for spoon and fork handles. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02230).


1880s

1881 - advertisement

Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1881). Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., manufacturers of the finest quality electro silver plated hollow ware: in great variety. ("Appendix no. 4, August, 1881". Also includes Wm. Rogers knives and spoons; adverts on back cover for Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co, and Hall, Elton & Co forks; and additional appendix no. 5, October 1881.) 84 pp. (Viewed 20 April 2016. A00979; C00001-21. DM.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. F974.62 W212 si 1881.

1882 - patent - design for a spoon or fork handle

Frederick Waterhouse, assignor to Hall, Elton & Co. (28 March 1882; filed 13 February 1882). Design no. 12,841: Design for a spoon or fork handle. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02229).


1890s

1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Hall Elton & Co.", (p. 214). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. (Viewed 21 August 2017. A02973.)

"HALL, ELTON & CO. Manufacturers of Electro Plated Table Ware, German Silver, Nickel Silver and Silver Metal Spoons. Established 1837." (Excerpt from above.)


1893 - news mention

(February 1893). News mention: "Since 1837, Hall & Elton’s German silver goods have been known throughout the trade as first class production..." House Furnishing Review, p. 78. (Viewed 3 October 2017. G01086.)

1893- six advertisements

Hall, Elton & Co. (February-May; July-August 1893). Advertisements: "Hall & Elton’s German Silver..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 4 October 2017. G01083; G01088; G01090; G01093; G01105; G01107.)

c. 1893 - design catalogue (missing)

Hall, Elton & Co. (c. 1893). [Price list / catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. No copy in public library known. Mentioned in news mention, House Furnishing Review, p. 78. (Viewed 3 October 2017. G01086.)

1894 - six advertisements

Hall, Elton & Co. (October-December 1894). Advertisements: "Hall & Elton’s German Silver..." (illustrations of fork and spoon). Hardware. (Viewed 21 September 2017. G00547; G00558; G00566; G00573; G00580; G00583.)

1895 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "Hall, Elton & Co." [building illustration], p. 16, In Souvenir History of Wallingford, Connecticut, 1895. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00806; A02797.)

1895 - four advertisements

Hall, Elton & Co. (September-December 1895). Advertisements: "German Silver... " Hardware Dealers’ Magazine. (Viewed 30 September 2017. G00968; G00970; G00972; G00974.)

1897 - map

(1897). Wallingford, Conn. map, (p. 3 showing Hall, Elton & Co.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 4 leaves. (Viewed 24 August 2017. G00026-27.)


1940s

1947 - historical information

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Hall, Elton & Co." mentions, (pp. 117, 130, 207). 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.)


2000s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Hall, Elton & Co.", (p. 96). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (See excerpt above. Viewed 14 August 2017. A02921.)


n. d.

n. d. - map

(Undated). Hall, Elton & Company’s Works - fire insurance map. (Viewed 3 August 2017. A02437.)