Handel & Company (Meriden, CT) historical design catalogues and other information (2016)

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Handel & Company (1891-1936) design catalogues, other historical information and key secondary sources [1]

A. Handel & Company design catalogues

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Handel & Company. (1900?). Suggestion for good lighting: Handel lamp and fixtures. 15 pp. Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT / Supported by Design Meriden. Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00627; A00964; A00980; C00001-56]



"THE HANDEL COMPANY— Manufacturers of Decorative Lighting Fixtures, Table Lamps, and Accessories. This was established in the year of 1885; and incorporated in 1903. P. J. Handel as President and Treasurer is active in the general management of the business. They have obtained national reputation for the artistic and the high quality of their product. A number of patents are controlled which makes their business a very successful one. There is a force of 125 people skilled in the various branches and steadily engaged.

The plant has just completed a four-story addition with new offices and show-rooms which makes it more attractive than ever for visitors. An artistic salesroom is also maintained in New York at the Corner of West Broadway and Murray St., in charge of Mr. C. B. Konzelman. The travelling men of this company are: Joseph Roberge for the New England & Southern States. William F. Handel for the Central States. J. E. Austin for the Western States."

— (c. 1911). "The Handel Company" profile and illustration. In Meriden Illustrated, (page 22). William S. Kline & Company: Kinderhook, NY. 30 pp. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. [A00781]



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Handel & Company. (1921). Handel lamps [trade catalogue]. 15 pp. Meriden, CT; Handel Company. (Accompanied by "Handel lamps: price list of lamps in booklet, January 1, 1921.") Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. Handel Company. Viewed 11 May 2016. [A00628]



B. Handel & Company - other historical information

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(1891-). 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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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "P. J. Handel". In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 49 [including portrait and illustration]. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00787-88].

"The above, whose name and goods are well known to the trade throughout this country and the Canadas, has conducted his present business for the past ten years... While engaged in the works of the Meriden Flint Glass Company he developed a natural talent for decorating... Mr. Handel has recently openined elaborate New York salesrooms at 32 Park Place"— Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 49, above.

(For more historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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(1901). Insurance maps of Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut map, (pdf p. 28, Map 26, P. J. Handel Company on East Main Street near Parker Avenue). Sanborn-Perris Map & Publishing Co. 51 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 22 November 2016. [AAA00504-05] (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "The Handel Company" section including portrait and illustration of building, (pp. 79-82). 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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Hill, Everett G. (1918). William F. Handel biography, Handel Company manager, (p. 840). In A modern history of New Haven and eastern New Haven County, v. II. 907 pp. New York; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN. Viewed 20 November 2016. [A00802-03]



C. Handel & Company - key secondary sources

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Grant, Joanne. (c. 1978). The painted lamps of Handel. New Windsor, NY; 98 pp., 4 leaves. Meriden Public Library call no - R 749.63 GR; Yale University call no. NK5436 H36 G7 (LC)+ Oversize; Library of Congress call no. NK5436.H36 G7. Viewed 11 May 2016. [A00629-31]

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De Falco, Robert; Goldman Hibel, Carole; & Hibel, John. (1986). Handel lamps: Painted shades and glassware. 254 pp. H&D Press: Staten Island, NY. Getty Research Institute call no. NK5436.H36 A4 1986; Meriden Public Library call no. R 749.63 DE; Metropolitan Museum of Art call no. 148.5 D36; Library of Congress call no. NK5436.H36 A4 1986. Viewed 11 May 2016. [A00632-35]

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Hibel, Carole Goldman. (1999). The Handel lamps book. 260 pp. ISBN 0967700205. Pittsfield, MA. Meriden Public Library call no. R 749.63 HI; Metropolitan Museum of Art call no. TT897 .H53 1999, and several other locations – see worldcat.org . Viewed 11 May 2016. [A00636-37]

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DeFalco, Robert. (c. 2000). Metal overlays by Handel. 108 pp. New York. ISBN 964811618 Ohio Depository NorthWest: University of Toledo call no. NK5436.H36 D44 2000; Library of Congress classification no. NK5436.H36 D44 2000. Viewed 11 May 2016. [A00638-39]

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May, Martin M. (c. 2003). Great art glass lamps: Tiffany, Duffner & Kimberly, Pairpoint, and Handel. 239 pp. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub. Ltd. Corning Museum of Art, Corning, NY, call no. NK6196 .M46. Viewed 11 May 2016. [A00640]



Footnote:
[1] This dating "1891-1936" comes from Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. (See appendix: Meriden Glass Companies). Charleston, SC: The History Press. (ISBN 978.1.61423.833.1). Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00696]



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