Holmes & Edwards Silver Company design catalogues and historical documentation

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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. (See entry below.)


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


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1880s

1853-1931 - company records

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

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1880-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

1880 - news mention

(12 February 1880). Local news, Manufacturing [with mention of Rogers & Brittin (predecessor of Holmes & Edwards)]. Morning Journal and Courier, presumably p. 2, col. 1. (Viewed 19 September 2018. B00334).

"A new manufacturing interest is started in West Stratford, The Rogers & Brittin Silver Company. The directors are Samuel T. Rogers, E. L. Brittin, William H. Perry, I. D. Rogers, F. W. Brittin..." (Excerpt from above.)


1880 - news mention

(1 March 1880). Forty-eight new joint stock corporations in one month [including mention: "The Rogers and Brittin Silver Company, West Stratford, capital $50,000."] Morning Journal & Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably, p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 19 September 2018. B00339).

1880 - design catalogue

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

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1883 - Holmes & Edwards at 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, (pp. 368-69). (Viewed 21 March 2017. AAA00588.)

1885 - news mention

(September 1885). Trade gossip (including mention of new New York office for Holmes & Edwards [Silver] Co. at no. 2 Maiden Lane, New York). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 259. (Viewed 7 September 2018. C00297-98).

1886 - 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.)

1886 - news mention

(July 1886). Trade gossip (including mention of the Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. opening an office in St. Louis.) The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 202. (Viewed 8 September 2018. L00723).

1887 - 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.)

1888 - Holmes & Edwards at 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.)

1888 - news mention

(March 1888). Chicago briefs (mention of Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. enlarging their salesrooms). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 68. (Viewed 5 September 2018. F00260-61).


1888 patents

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1888 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, forks, etc.

Robert Henry Klingel, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (23 October 1888; filed 8 June 1888). Design no. 18,701; serial no. 276,496: Design for a handle for spoons, forks, etc. (Viewed 24 April 2018. AAA02499).

1888 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, forks, etc.

Robert Henry Klingel, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (9 October 1888; filed 16 June 1888). Design no. 18,675; serial no. 277,378: Design for a handle for spoons, forks, etc. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02557).



1889 - Holmes & Edwards at 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.)

1889 - patent - design for a handle for table-ware

Robert Henry Klingel, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (20 August 1889; filed 24 July 1889). Design no. 19,276; serial no. 318,656: Design for a handle for table-ware. (Viewed 24 April 2018. AAA02500).



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1890s

1890 patents

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1890 - patent - design for a spoon

Walter L. Wilks, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (11 February 1890; filed 18 January 1890). Design no. 19,649; serial no. 337,386: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02558).

1890 - patent - design for a spoon

George Clark Edwards, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (22 April 1890; filed 22 January 1890). Design no. 19,770; serial no. 337,754: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02559).



c. 1890 - design catalogue

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


1891 patents

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1891 - patent - design for a spoon

Walter L. Wilks, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (10 February 1891; filed 15 December 1890). Design no. 20,510; serial no. 374,815: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02560).

1891 - patent - design for a spoon

George Wilkinson, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (30 June 1891; filed 25 May 1891). Design no. 20,901; serial no. 394,063: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02561).



April 1892 - news mention; H&E in fair

(13 April 1892). Display of jewelry at the Fair in Bridgeport (mention of Holmes & Edwards Silver Company). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 10. (Viewed 28 August 2018. H00350.)

"The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. of this city make an elegant display of chased and engraved silverware, valued at $10,000." (Excerpt from above.)


June 1892 - news mention

(1 June 1892). Connecticut concerns that have applied for space at Chicago [World’s Fair]. [Mention of Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.] The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 12. (Viewed 28 August 2018. H00366-67).

1893 - Holmes & Edwards in 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.)

1893 - Holmes & Edwards in 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.)

1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.", (page 216) and building 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)



1893 advertisements

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1893 - ten advertisements

Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. (January- 9 March 1893). Advertisements: "Did you send for it? We have just issued a new catalogue.... (with illustration of spoon). The Iron Age. (Viewed 8 May 2018. G02091; G02093-99; G02516; G02518; G02521-30).

1893 - three advertisements

Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. (16-31 March 1893). Advertisements: "WHY Did you send for it?... WHY NOT?... We have just issued a new catalogue.... (with illustration of spoon). The Iron Age. (Viewed 8 May 2018. G01531-36).



c. 1893 - design catalogue (missing)

Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. (c. 1893). [Catalogue]. (Number of pages unknown. No copy known to be in a public library. Viewed 8 May 2018. G02091; G02093).

1894 - Holmes & Edwards in 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.)


1894 advertisements

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1894 - three advertisements

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (10 January, 24 January, 14 February 1894). Advertisements: "Nothing better— 5 awards and diplomas in flatware only..." (no illustrations). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 28 August 2018. B00218-20.)

1894 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (7 February 1894). Advertisement: "Latest novelties in silver plate..." (with three illustrations showing melon spoon, sugar sifter, and Waldorf tea spoon). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 22. (Viewed 28 August 2018. B00221).

1894 - six advertisements

Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. (October-December 1894). Advertisements: "... Spoons and Forks of the highest grade..." (with illustration of spoon). Hardware. (Viewed 21 September 2017. G00543; G00548; G00559; G00567; G00574; G00581.)



1894 patents

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1894 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, etc.

John H. Rock, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (13 March 1894; filed 11 December 1893). Design no. 23,108; serial no. 493,409: Design for a handle for spoons, etc. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02562).

1894 - patent - design for a spoon, fork, etc.

Sidney Smith, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (3 April 1894; filed 1 March 1894). Design no. 23,163; serial no. 501,998: Design for a spoon, fork, etc. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01667).

1894 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, etc.

Ernest W. Campbell, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (15 May 1894; filed 17 March 1894). Design no. 23,263; serial no. 504,099: Design for a handle for spoons, etc. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02563).



1895 - 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.)

1895 - patent - design for a spoon, etc.

Ernest W. Campbell, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (31 December 1895; filed 21 November 1895). Design no. 25,018; serial no. 569,741: Design for a spoon, etc. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02564).

1896 - patent - design for a spoon, etc.

Ernest W. Campbell, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (16 June 1896; filed 4 May 1896). Design no. 25,634; serial no. 590,230: Design for a spoon, etc. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02565).

c. 1897 - 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.)

1897 - patent - design for a spoon or fork handle

Sidney Smith, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (8 June 1897; filed 27 March 1897). Design no. 27,164; serial no. 629,615: Design for a spoon or fork handle. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01666).

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.)

1898 - historical information

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



The Holmes & Edwards Silver Company became part of the International Silver Company in 1898. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the Holmes & Edwards Silver Company division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).



1899 - two advertisements

International Silver Company. (22 November 1899; 20 December 1899). Advertisement: "International Silver Co., Successor to the Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. and The Barbour Silver Co. ... St. Louis Salesrooms: Holland Building, 209-211-213 North Seventh St., St Louis, MO." Jeweler’s Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02966-67; AAA02969).


1900s

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.)

1900 - news mention

(3 January 1900). Chicago notes [news brief, talks about International Silver Co. consolidation and salesrooms effects in Chicago; mentions Barbour Silver Co., Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Manhattan Silver Plate Co., Meriden Britannia Co., Rogers & Hamilton Co., Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. Jeweler’s Circular and Horological Review, p. 34. (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02967; AAA02074).

1900 - news mention

(5 February 1900). [No article heading; listing the Holmes & Edwards as "Factory C" of the International Silver Company]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 30 September 2018. B00566-67).


1903 advertisements

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1903 - two advertisements

International Silver Company. (January-February 1903). Advertisements: "Makers of Wares of Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., Manhattan Silver Plate Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01135; G01151.)

1903 - four advertisements

International Silver Company. (March-June 1903). Advertisements: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co., Middletown Plate Co. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01154; G01159; .)



1904 - patent - method of inlaying blanks for flat-metal tableware

William A. Warner, assignor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (/ International Silver Company). (29 March 1904; filed 18 January 1904). Letters patents no. 755,727; serial no. 189,394: Method of inlaying blanks for flat-metal tableware. (Viewed 8 March 2018. AAA01036.)


1905 advertisements

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1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (4 October 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.; with illustration of product design]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 27. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00386.)

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (25 October 1905). Advertisement [including listing of Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.; with product illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 33. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00399).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 November 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.; with product illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 31. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00253).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (8 November 1905). Advertisement: "... Many new and seasonable goods..." [includes listing of Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.; no illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 37. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00257).



1906 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (14 June 1906). Advertisement: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling Silver, Gold and Silver Plate and Rich Cut Glass, Salesrooms[:] Meriden, New York, Chicago, San Francisco... Bridgeport (Holmes & Edwards)" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 23 October 2018. B01192).

1909 - advertisement

G. W. Fairchild & Sons, Bridgeport, CT. (7 June 1909). Advertisement: "The lowest price house of Connecticut for high quality goods... [International Silver Co. /] Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. (7 June 1909). The Farmer, p. 4. (Viewed 17 September 2018. B00310).

1909 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 September 1909). Advertisement: "Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Cut Glass... Factories: The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., 1847 Rogers Bros., Rogers & Brother; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 31. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00475.)

1909 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards / International Silver Company. (29 September 1909). Advertisement: "The American Beauty Rose [pattern]..." (with illustration of spoon). The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 31. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00764.)


1910s

c. 1918 - letterhead with buildings illustration

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1918). Letterhead with buildings illustration. [Salesrooms: 5 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago; 150 Post St., San Francisco; 11 Maiden Lane, New York.] (Viewed 22 August 2018. L00671).

c. 1919 - promotional film and related documentation

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / ISC. (c. 1919). Promotional film and related documentation: movie poster, card, slide, campaign materials. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00209-03).

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1920s

1920-25 - 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.)

1921 - 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.)


1922 advertisements

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1922 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (15 April 1922). Advertisement: "Gifts that last, ’Boys, if I could say anything, I’d say it’..." (showing illustrations of Hostess pattern fork). Vogue, p. 100. (Viewed 22 September 2017. G00617.)

1922 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (15 May 1922). Advertisement: "Gifts that last, ’How Good You Are to Me, Dear’..." (showing illustrations of Newport pattern fork and Jamestown pattern spoon). Vogue, p. 90. (Viewed 22 September 2017. G00614.)

1922 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (15 June 1922). Advertisement: Gifts that last, ’You old dear. I adore your gift!’..." (showing illustration of Hostess pattern fork). Vogue, p. 80. (Viewed 22 September 2017. G00614.)

1922 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (August 1922). Advertisement: "Gifts that last, ’What a Lovely Pattern’..." (with illustration of Hostess pattern ice cream fork). Good Housekeeping, p. 135. (Viewed 23 September 2017. G00624.)

1922 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (September 1922). Advertisement: "Gifts that last, ’Oh, Girls, How Stunning’..." (with illustration of Jamestown pattern spoon). Good Housekeeping, p. 128. (Viewed 23 September 2017. G00625.)

1922 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (October 1922). Advertisement: "Gifts that last, ’It’s So Nice to Get Home’..." (with illustration of Hostess pattern fork). Good Housekeeping, p. 112. (Viewed 23 September 2017. G00626.)

1922 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (November 1922). Advertisement: "Yes, This is Prettiest of All’..." (with illustration of Hostess tea spoon). Good Housekeeping, p. 97. (Viewed 23 September 2017. G00628.)

1922 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (December 1922). Advertisement: "... Yes, This is Prettiest of All’..." (with seven illustrations showing Hostess, Jamestown and Newport patterns). Good Housekeeping, p. 112. (Viewed 23 September 2017. G00632.)



c. 1925 - 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.)

1926 - design brochure

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

1927 - design booklet

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (1927). What to serve and how to serve it; A guide for correct table usage [with illustrations showing the following patterns: Century, Jamestown, Newport, and Romance.] Approx. 20 pp. (Viewed 16 October 2018. C00302).

c. 1927 - missing promotional booklet

Adams, Ann; Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (c. 1927). Stepping stones to a perfect table service. Number of pages unknown. [No copy known to be in a public library.] (Viewed 22 August 2018. L00680).

1929 - advertisement

International Silver Co. / Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (October 1929). Advertisement: "Charm - The prize winning design in a notable art competition..." Ladies’ Home Journal, page number unspecified. (Viewed 21 August 2018. L00639).



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver companies that were connected to the International Silver Company, and those from the Meriden area; go to the historical Meriden design overview page and scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".



1930s

1930 - design catalogue

J. W. Johnson (New York). (1930). Silverware catalogue including hollow ware and some Modernist designs by 1847 Rogers Bros. / Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / Wm. Rogers & Son / International Silver Company and Wallace [Silversmiths]. (Pages presumably from this catalogue.) (Viewed 22 August 2018. J00133).

> Holmes & Edwards / ISC patterns shown: Century, Charm, Jamestown, Newport, Pageant, and Romance.

1930-31 - Holmes & Edwards in 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).

1931 - design brochure

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

1931 - design catalogue

H. O. Hurlbert & Sons (presumably retailer). (1931). International Silver Company; 1847 Rogers Bros., genuine original Rogers silverplate; Holmes & Edwards inlaid, “Something more than plate”; Wm. Rogers & Son, silverplate. H. O. Hurlburt & Sons, 817 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Approx. 52 pp. (Viewed 28 June 2018. A03004; AAA03376-21).

1933 - advertisement

Brown Thomson, Inc., Hartford, CT. (18 June 1933). Advertisement: "... Holmes & Edwards [/ International Silver Co.], In the Pageant pattern..." [with no related illustrations]. Hartford Courant, p. 3. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00387).

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1935-49 - marketing film

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

1937 - 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.)

1938 - spotlighted advertisement - display / exhibit at G. Fox & Co., Hartford

G. Fox & Co., Hartford, CT. (25 April 1938). Advertisement: "... G. Fox & Co. features ’Connecticut Made’ products all week... Holmes and Edwards [/ International Silver Co.]." Hartford Courant, p. 9. (Viewed 25 October 2018. C00318-19).

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193? - design brochure

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

c. 1930s-1950s - personnel directory brochure

International Silver Company. (c. 1930s-1950s). Personnel directory for customers brochure. [Mentions 1847 Rogers Bros., Holmes & Edwards Silver Company, Wm. Rogers & Son, Webster & Wilcox hollowware.] 8 pp. (Viewed 13 August 2017. AAA00633.)


1940s

1945 - advertisement

Chas. Schwartz & Son, Washington, DC. (6 September 1945). Advertisement: "A word about silver... We will, once again, feature ... Holm[e]s & Edwards [/ International Silver Co.] ... " [with no illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. A-4, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 17 October 2018. B01105).

1947 - 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.)


1947 advertisements

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1947 - advertisement

International Silver Co. / Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (November 1947). Advertisement: "Don’t be old-fashioned about your silverplate..." Ladies’ Home Journal, page number unspecified. (Viewed 21 August 2018. L00640).

1947 - advertisement

Reed’s Jewelers, presumably Wilmington, DE. (13 November 1947). Advertisement: "... Holmes & Edwards [/ International Silver Co.] ... " [with no related illustrations]. The Wilmington Morning Star (Delaware), p. 18, col. 5-8. (Viewed 5 October 2018. B00742).



1949 - mention in 1949 annual report

International Silver Company. (1949). Annual report. [Mention of "Holmes & Edwards Sterling Inlaid Silverplate", p. 8.] (Viewed 8 August 2017. AAA00630.)


1949 advertisements

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1949 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (January 1949). Advertisement: "Who needs three guesses..." [showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady and Youth patterns.] Ladies’ Home Journal, p. 31. (Viewed 22 August 2018. L00700).

1949 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (March 1949). Advertisement: "Style notes for silverware shoppers..." [showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady and Youth patterns.] Ladies’ Home Journal, p. 109. (Viewed 22 August 2018. L00701).

1949 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (April 1949). Advertisement: "Spring Garden, the glorious new design in silverplate by Holmes & Edwards..." Ladies’ Home Journal, p. 74. (Viewed 22 August 2018. L00702).

1949 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (May 1949). Advertisement: "I dreamed I was buying my silverplate..." [showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden and Youth patterns.] Ladies’ Home Journal, p. 32. (Viewed 22 August 2018. L00703).

1949 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (June 1949). Advertisement: "Goldilocks and the three spoons..." [showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden and Youth patterns.] Ladies’ Home Journal, p. 101. (Viewed 22 August 2018. L00704).



1950s

1950 - annual report mention

International Silver Company. (1950). Annual report. (Includes mentions of 1847 Rogers Brothers / (Meriden Britannia Company), Holmes & Edwards Silver Company, International Sterling). 16 pp. (Updated 30 August 2017. A00548; AAA00667.)


1950 advertisements

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1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (13 February 1950). Advertisement: "The most admired patterns... Spring Garden... Lovely Lady... Danish Princess... Youth... Holmes & Edwards Sterling Inlaid [with illustrations of these patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 7. (Viewed 23 October 2017. G01554.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (20 March 1950). Advertisement: "MMmmmmmmm! ... and now she’ll choose these..." [with illustrations of Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden, and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 3. (Viewed 23 October 2017. G01560.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (3 April 1950). Advertisement: "Dream house, Dream pattern... " [with illustrations showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden, and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 3. (Viewed 15 October 2017. G01558.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (1 May 1950). Advertisement: "Pattern beauty that lasts..." [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 7. (Viewed 15 October 2017. G01559.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (15 May 1950). Advertisement: "... Sterling Inlaid Silverplate... " LIFE magazine, p. 3. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01585.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (25 September 1950). Advertisement: "... Sterling Inlaid Silverplate..." [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden, and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 9. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01586.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (30 October 1950). Advertisement: "Seen at more and more weddings..." [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden, and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 3. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G015 .)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (6 November 1950). Advertisement: "When you change from ’Miss’ to ’Mrs.’... " [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden, and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 7. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01588.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (20 November 1950). Advertisement: "... Sterling Inlaid Silverplate... " [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden, and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 12. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01590.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (27 November 1950). Advertisement: "Patterns to make a hostess proud... " [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden, and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 9. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01589.)

1950 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (11 December 1950). Advertisement: "Pattern beauty that lasts... " [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, Spring Garden, and Youth patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 61. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01591.)



1951 - annual report mention

International Silver Company. (1951). Annual report. [Includes a spotlight on the Wedgwood pattern and mentions of 1847 Rogers Brothers / (Meriden Britannia Company), Holmes & Edwards Silver Company, and anchor Rogers anchor.] 14 pp. (Viewed 4 May 2016. A00548.)


1951 advertisements

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1951 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (19 February 1951). Advertisement: "Reigning favorite, Danish Princess... Loveliest of all! Spring Garden..." [with illustrations showing both patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 18. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01584.)

1951 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (12 March 1951). Advertisement: "... Holmes & Edwards Sterling Inlaid... The loveliest patterns in silverplate... Spring Garden... Youth... Danish Princess... Lovely Lady... [with illustrations of these patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 17. (Viewed 23 October 2017. G01555.)

1951 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (16 April 1951). Advertisement: "... Sterling Inlaid Silverplate..." [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, May Queen and Spring Garden patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 15. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01584.)

1951 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (7 May 1951). Advertisement: "The finest silverplate... the loveliest patterns... [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, May Queen and Spring Garden patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 51. (Viewed 23 October 2017. G01556.)

1951 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (10 September 1951). Advertisement: "... The loveliest patterns of all..." [with illustration showing Danish Princess, Lovely Lady, May Queen, and Spring Garden patterns]. LIFE magazine, p. 71. (Viewed 23 October 2017. G01557.)



1952 advertisements

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1952 - advertisement

(January 1952). Advertisement: International Silver Company - "America’s most distinguished and best selling designs in sterling and silverplate" [showing 31 flatware patterns by ISC, divisions and brands including 1847 Rogers Bros., International Sterling, Holmes & Edwards, and Wm. Rogers & Son]. Connecticut Circle magazine. (Viewed 18 August 2017. AAA00637,b.)



1952 - annual report mention

International Silver Company. (1952). Annual report. [Includes mentions of 1847 Rogers Brothers, Holmes & Edwards Silver company, (anchor) Rogers (anchor), International Sterling.] 16 pp. (Viewed 4 May 2016. A00548.)


1956 advertisements

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1956 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (20 August 1956). Advertisement: "... 6 smart gifts of Holmes & Edwards new DeepSilver... " [with illustration showing Silver Fashion pattern]. LIFE magazine, p. 10. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01597.)

1956 - advertisement

Holmes and Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (12 November 1956). Advertisement: "So easy to love. You’d be! If you gave her a palace-worth of new DeepSilver! ..." LIFE magazine, p. 205. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01598.)



1957 advertisements

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1957 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (11 March 1957). Advertisement: "... DeepSilver, A new concept of silverware! ..." LIFE magazine, p. 13. (Viewed 15 October 2017. G01594.)

1957 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (17 June 1957). Advertisement: "... DeepSilver, A new concept of silverware! ..." LIFE magazine, p. 105. (Viewed 25 October 2017. G01595.)

1957 - advertisement

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / International Silver Company. (2 September 1957). Advertisement: "... Dramatic, carefree, contemporary— and luxurious as only DeepSilver can be! New Rhythmic... " LIFE magazine, p. 12. (Viewed 15 October 2017. G01596.)



1959 - 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

1976 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (May 1976). Silverware for children. Spinning wheel, pp. 13-16. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00699.)

Illustrations
> Forbes Silver Company: "Royal Baby Plate" (c. 1908-30);
> Hartford Silver Plate Co.: child’s cup (c. 1880);
> Holmes and Edwards Silver Co. / International Silver Company: "My own set", Danish Princess pattern (c. 1938);
> Meriden Britannia Company: 2 child’s cups (c. 1867, c. 1882), 3 child’s trays (1886), Princess pattern child’s set from 1879 catalogue;
> Middletown Plate Co. / Superior Silver Co.: child’s cup (c. 1890);
> 1847 Rogers Brothers: 2 child’s sets, Assyrian and Fairie pattern (c. 1887);
> Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.: 11 children’s cups, reprinted from 1860 catalogue;
> Rogers & Brother: 3 child’s cups (c. 1870, c. 1880, c. 1882);
> Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: 4 children’s bowl sets, reprinted from 1891 catalogue;
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.: child’s cup (c. 1896);
> Also, Rogers, Smith & Co. is also mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT;
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1977 - 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. (See excerpt at top of page. Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

1980 - 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.)

1988 - magazine article

Cramer, Diana. (September / October 1988). [Unusual knife - Holmes & Edwards]. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 7 September 2017. G00204.)

1989 - magazine article

Halket, Constance A. (July / August 1989). [Innovation that changed an industry - Holmes & Edwards]. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 7 September 2017. G00204.)


1990s

1990 - magazine article

Cramer, Diana. (July / August 1990). [Holmes & Edwards Mexican Silver]. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 7 September 2017. G00204.)

1996 - Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

31 March - 14 July 1996. Hot cars, high fashion, cool stuff: Designs of the 20th century at Dallas Museum of Art. (Viewed 2 August 2018. AAA03380-82.)

> Exhibited Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. / ISC. (designed 1929). Napoleon pattern flatware.


2000s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.", (pp. 108-09). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 15 August 2017. A02923; A02923b; A02923c.)

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Silver Plate Cutlery Co.", Birmingham, CT [supplier to Holmes & Edwards and Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.], (p. 228). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 20 August 2017. A02882; A02882a.)


n. d.

n. d. - fifteen advertisements

International Silver Co. / Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (undated). Fifteen advertisements. Some noted as in Ladies’ Home Journal. (Viewed 21 August 2018. L00641-54).

n. d. - various pattern illustrations

International Silver Co. / Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (undated). Various pattern illustrations. (Viewed 21 August 2018. L00655-57).

n. d. - guarantee document

Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. (undated). Guarantee document. (Viewed 22 August 2018. L00672).

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.)

n. d. - 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.)

n. d. - 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.)

n. d. - 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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