Holmes & Edwards Silver Company design catalogues and other historical documentation (2016)

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"HOLMES & EDWARDS SILVER CO.
The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. was founded in Bridgeport, Conn. in 1882 by C. E. L. Holmes and George C. Edwards who assumed a business run under the name, Rogers & Britten.

In the beginning, their business consisted largely of moderately priced flatware... The Company became part of [the International Silver Company in 1898] and continued to operate in Bridgeport until moving to Meriden in 1931."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 160.


A. Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport, CT) design catalogues [1]

rogers & britten

Rogers & Britten (predecessor of Holmes & Edwards). (1880). [Price list]. 40 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 20 February 2017. [AAA00570 - 095]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (1886). Price list of the Holmes & Edwards Silver Company: Manufacturers of the finest electro silver plated spoons, forks, knives, ladles, etc.: all genuine goods are stamped "Holmes & Edwards": factories at Bridgeport, Conn., U.S.A. 35 pp. Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis, call no. NK7240 .H645 1886 (link to library search). Updated 19 April 2017. [A00996]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (c. 1890). Holmes & Edwards XIV (price list). 10 pp. The Henry Ford call no. P.B. ca. 1890 (link to library entry). Updated 19 April 2017. [A01017]


Holmes & Edwards Silver Company became part of the International Silver Company in 1898.


holmes and edwards silver company

International Silver Company. (c. 1925). International Silver Co. silverplate: 1847 Rogers Bros., Wm. Rogers & Son, Holmes & Edwards. 40 pp. The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.I5785 I57856 1925 (link to library entry). Updated 23 April 2017. [A00957]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / ISC. (1926). Holmes & Edwards super plate inlaid. 27 pp. The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI, barcode no. 38147000588918 (link to library entry). Viewed 6 May 2017. [A02390]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (ISC). (193?). [Illustrated price list] [catalogue #27]. 63 pp. New York Public Library call no. 3-MNR n.c.10 (Jewelry Catalogues) (link to library entry). Updated 19 April 2017. [A00675]

holmes and edwards silver company

International Silver Company. (1900s). [Trade catalogue and price lists]. Related companies: 1847 Rogers Bros.; Holmes & Edwards Inlaid; Wm. Rogers & Son; H.O. Hurlbert & Sons. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Record ID: SILNMAHTL_21844 (link to library entry). Updated 23 April 2017. [A01426]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (undated). "Mexican silver 67: Spoons, forks, etc." No copy in a public library known to exist. Viewed 29 November 2016.

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (undated). Spoons, forks, etc. manufactured by the Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.. [Graphic, 1 print]. Bridgeport, Conn., U.S.A. Trademark Mexican silver 67. Boston Athenaeum call no. A NT. (no.1) (link to library entry). Viewed 23 April 2017. [A02243]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (undated). Cover of "Mexican silver 67: Spoons, forks, etc.", (p. 37). In: Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. Yale University Library, call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 23 April 2017. [A00804] [DM]



B. Other Holmes & Edwards Silver Company historical documentation

holmes and edwards silver company

Orcutt, Samuel. (1887). "The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company" (online), p. 298. In A history of the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. 1260 pp. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN. Viewed 23 April 2017. [A02252-53]

holmes and edwards silver company

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.” (online) (page 216) and illustration. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 216 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Viewed 22 May 2016. [A00686-89]


"HOLMES & EDWARDS SILVER CO. (THE),
the youngest of the Silver Plating Companies of Connecticut has made wonderful progress in a few years. The present management assumed control of the business in 1882, and adopted a policy of superior quality as a basis for best business. It is readily seen by a look at their factory buildings that their business has had an enormous growth during the past five or six years; new and improved machinery has been constantly added, and a new 200 horse-power engine added this year, making a maximum of 400 horse-power for factory use. From three to four hundred hands are employed, and the present capacity of the works is estimated at 200 gross of spoons and forks per day. This company is engaged in the manufacture of spoons, forks and other table flat ware only, a distinctive feature of which is the Sterling Silver Inlaid Quality Spoons and Forks, which is covered by patents; they have a durability hitherto unknown in flatware. Mr. Holmes, senior member of the firm, now deceased, was a son of Israel Holmes of Waterbury, the originator of the spoon and fork industry in this country. The business is under the management of George C. Edwards, President, and Mr. John Cummings, Secretary. The main office is located in Bridgeport, and salesrooms at Chicago, New York and St. Louis." (excerpt from source above)


holmes and edwards silver company

(1898). Insurance maps of Bridgeport, Connecticut (online), (pdf p. 72, map 70, showing Holmes & Edwards Silver Company, corner of Seaview Avenue and Crescent Avenue). Sanborn-Perris Map Co. Courtesy Yale University Library. Viewed 21 November 2016. [AAA00477-78] (For other maps, see Bridgeport area maps online at Yale University Library.) Viewed 21 November 2016. [AAA00479]

holmes and edwards silver company

(1898). "The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co." (photo) (online), (p. 41). In Glimpses of Bridgeport, Conn.. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. Viewed 23 April 2017. [A02250-51]

holmes and edwards silver company

International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. [International Silver Company]. [Acquisitions is 1898-1903 — 1898: “Barbour Silver Company (Hartford), * Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport), * Manhattan Silver Plate, (Lyons, New York), * Meriden Britannia Company (Meriden), * Norwich Cutlery (Norwich), * William Rogers Manufacturing Company (Hartford), Rogers Cutlery (Hartford), Rogers and Brothers (Waterbury), Rogers and Hamilton (Waterbury), Wilcox Silver Plate (Meriden), Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford), Standard Silver Company, Ltd. ( Toronto, Canada)”. 1899: “Derby Silver Company (Derby), Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company (Wallingford), Simpson Nickel Company (Wallingford), Middletown Plate Company (Middletown).” 1903: United States Silver Corporation, including * C. Rogers & Brothers (Meriden). University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT call no. 1980.0008 (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00419]

“*” indicates represented in the UCONN records collection.

holmes and edwards silver company

(Various years). 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.

holmes and edwards silver company

(1921). Listing: "Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. [/ ISC], 9 Maiden Lane" (New York) (online). In Visiting New York City: Buyers manual, p. 57. New York: Henry Sweetsson, Inc. Viewed 29 April 2017. [A02323-24]

holmes and edwards silver company

International Silver Company. (1920-25). What every woman should know about super plate-inlaid (brochure). ("The advantages of Holmes & Edwards Super Plate are described for the customer...") Historic New England organization, Boston, MA, reference code EP001.12.012.006.014 (link to library entry). Updated 23 April 2017. [A00955]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (1931). Holmes & Edwards inlaid: "Something more than plate." 12 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 739.2283 I61ho (link to library entry). Updated 23 April 2017. [A00676]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (1937). Sterling inlaid for those who desire the best. 14 pp. The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.H6556 S73 1937 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for possible other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [A00956]

holmes and edwards silver company

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (ISC). (1935-49). Marketing film (online). Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library, CT. Viewed 11 June 2016. [A00775]

holmes and edwards silver company

Simon, Raymond. (1959). "Holmes and Edwards (ISC) Romance pattern" (public relations by Cunningham & Walsh) (online), (pp. 155-56). In Casebook in publicity and public relations, chapter 9 "Speeches and letters", section 2. 189 pp. Courtesy University of Michigan. Viewed 23 April 2017. [A02244-49]

holmes and edwards silver company

(Undated). Holmes & Edwards - fire insurance map. Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, c. 1724-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, Box 2, Folder 2, no. 8676 (link to finding aid). Viewed 15 May 2017. [A02437]



C. Holmes & Edwards Silver Company - sample advertisements

holmes and edwards silver company

(10 April 1895). Advertisement: Holmes & Edwards (online). [Illustration of spoon.] In (10 April 1895), Hardware v. 11, p. 10. Courtesy University of Minnesota. Viewed 30 April 2017. [A02334; A 02337]



D. Holmes & Edwards Silver Company - secondary sources

holmes and edwards silver company

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Holmes & Edwards Silver Company" mentions, (pp. 119, 149, 153-58, 222, 309, 316, 317, 361). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

holmes and edwards silver company

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). "Holmes and Edwards" mention, [pp. 43; 55; 70; 150 (photo of child’s plate, fork and knife, 1938; 156; 160-61, illustration of building (undated); also excerpt above)]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

holmes and edwards silver company

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Holmes and Edwards" mention, [pp. 107 (children’s 1930s "my own set". In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. 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]



Footnote:
[1] The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1898. At this juncture, it is not known at Design Meriden if they continued operations under this name after the acquisition. See "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921 (link to library entry)". University of Connecticut university libraries website. Viewed 15 May 2016 [A00660-61]



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