Holmes & Edwards Silver Company design catalogues and 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.


Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport, CT) design catalogues and historical information [1]

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1880s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1880-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)

Design catalogue

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

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Company records

International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. Including Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport). (Updated 11 April 2017. A00419.)

Holmes & Edwards at 1883 American Institute

The American Institute, New York (1883, dates unknown). ["Bronze medal awarded to Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for electro-silverplated tableware"]. In: May, Earl Chapin. (1947). A century of silver 1847-1947, (p. 368-69). (Viewed 21 March 2017. AAA00588.)

Design catalogue

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. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00996.)

Historical information

Orcutt, Samuel. (1887). "The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company", (p. 298). In A history of the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Viewed 23 April 2017. A02252-53.)

Holmes & Edwards at 1888 American Institute

The American Institute, New York. (1888, specific dates unknown). ["Bronze medal awarded to Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for silverplated spoons and forks, sterling silver inlaid."] In: May, Earl Chapin. (1947). A century of silver 1847-1947, (p. 368-69). (Viewed 19 March 2017. AAA00588.)

Holmes & Edwards at 1889 American Insitute

The American Institute, New York. (1889, specific dates unknown). ["Bronze medal awarded to the Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for sterling silver inlaid spoons and forks and initial spoons and forks."] In: May, Earl Chapin. (1947). A century of silver 1847-1947, (p. 368-69). (Viewed 19 March 2017. AAA00588.)


1890s

Design catalogue

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (c. 1890). Holmes & Edwards XIV (price list). 10 pp. (Updated 19 April 2017. A01017.)

Holmes & Edwards in 1893 Chicago exposition

(1893). World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Chicago), Official catalogue, Part VIII. [Listed: Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport) (p. 28)]. W. B. Conkey Company: Chicago. (Viewed 8 January 2017. A00850; A02429; AAA00588.)

Holmes & Edwards in 1893 Chicago exposition

(1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. [Listed: Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. (p. 128)]. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01528-31.)

Historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.", (page 216) and illustration. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. (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 & Edwards in 1894 California exhibition

(1894, specific dates unknown). California Mid-Winter International Exhibition, San Francisco, CA. [Gold medal awarded to Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for sterling silver inlaid spoons and forks; also, silver medal.] In: May, Earl Chapin. (1947). A century of silver 1847-1947, (p. 368-69). (Viewed 19 March 2017. AAA00588.)

Advertisement

(10 April 1895). Advertisement: Holmes & Edwards [illustration of spoon]. In (10 April 1895), Hardware v. 11, p. 10. (Viewed 30 April 2017. A02334; A02337.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.", (p. 960). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02635.)

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


Historical information

(1898). Insurance maps of Bridgeport, Connecticut, (pdf p. 72, map 70, showing Holmes & Edwards Silver Company, corner of Seaview Avenue and Crescent Avenue). (Viewed 21 November 2016. AAA00477-79.)

Historical information

(1898). "The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co." (photo), (p. 41). In Glimpses of Bridgeport, Conn. (Viewed 23 April 2017. A02250-51.)


1900s

Design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1900s). [Trade catalogue and price lists]. [Related companies: 1847 Rogers Bros.; Holmes & Edwards Inlaid; Wm. Rogers & Son; H.O. Hurlbert & Sons.] (Updated 23 April 2017. A01426.)


1920s

Design brochure

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...") (Updated 23 April 2017. A00955.)

Business listing

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

Design catalogue

International Silver Company. (c. 1925). International Silver Co. silverplate: 1847 Rogers Bros., Wm. Rogers & Son, Holmes & Edwards. 40 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00957.)

Design brochure

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / ISC. (1926). Holmes & Edwards super plate inlaid. 27 pp. (Viewed 6 May 2017. A02390.)


1930s

Holmes & Edwards in 1930-31 exhibition

(1930-31). International exhibition of contemporary metalwork and cotton textiles, organized by the American Federation of Arts, Washington, DC. (Viewed 31 March 2017. A01871-76.)

Venues:
> Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (15 October - 10 November 1930);
> Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1-28 December 1930);
> Art Institute of Chicago (19 January - 1 March 1931):

> Cleveland Museum of Art (11 March - 5 April 1931).

Design brochure

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / ISC. (1931). Holmes & Edwards inlaid: "Something more than plate." 12 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00676.)

Marketing film

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (ISC). (1935-49). Marketing film. (Viewed 11 June 2016. A00775.)

Design brochure or promotional booklet

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / ISC. (1937). Sterling inlaid for those who desire the best. 14 pp. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00956.)

Design brochure

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / (ISC). (193?). [Illustrated price list] [catalogue #27]. 63 pp. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00675.)


1940s

Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1950s

Historical information

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


1970s

Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


n. d.

Design catalogue

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

Design catalogue excerpt

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. (Viewed 23 April 2017. A02243.)

Design catalogue excerpt

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. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00804. DM.)

Map

(Undated). Holmes & Edwards - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)


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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