J. D. Bergen Co. design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"THE J. D. BERGEN COMPANY— Manufacturers of Popular-Priced Cut Glass. […] has been established here for thirty years and at present gives employment to a force of one hundred and fifty men. They have permanently maintained the lead in their line since their establishment and in the year 1891, became incorporated under the laws of the state. W. H. Bradley, President and Treasurer. The plant comprises a large triangular block and the main building is five stories high; […] They make specialties of the Engraved and Rock Crystal ware, […] They have a branch with a fine display at No. 38 Murray Street, New York and another No. 131 Wabash Ave., Chicago."

— In Meriden Illustrated, (c. 1911), p. 29. (See entry below.)


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A. J. D. Bergen Co. (1885-1922) design catalogues and historical information [1]

1880s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1885-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)


1890s

Design catalogue

J. D. Bergen Co. (1893). The J. D. Bergen Co., manufacturers of rich cut glassware: Factories at Meriden, CT, Brooklyn, NY, Port Jervis, NY and Stourbridge, England. Meriden, CT: Journal Pub. Co., 80 pp. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00149.)

Design catalogue reprint

J. D. Bergen Co. (1893). [1893 catalogue reprint]. 80 pp., American Cut Glass Association; Ramona, CA, c. 1999. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00150-51.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "The J. D. Bergen Co.", (pp. 44-5). In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895 [including two illustrations]. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00787-88.)

"The factory located in Miller street... The trade of this concern extends throughout the entire United States, and while Meriden... is their headquarters, they also operate plants in Port Jervis, N.J. and Brooklyn, N.Y." (Excerpt from above.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "J. D. Bergen", (p. 929). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02631.)

Design catalogue

J. D. Bergen Co. (1899). The J. D. Bergen Co., manufacturers of rich cut glassware. 21 pp. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00152.)


1900s

Map

(1901). Insurance maps of Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut (pdf p. 22, Map 20, J. D. Bergen on Miller Street near State Street, site. This part of Miller Street was removed in the 1950s to make a larger tract of land, which is currently a park). Sanborn-Perris Map & Publishing Co. 51 leaves. (Viewed 22 November 2016. AAA00497-98.)

Design catalogue reprint

J. D. Bergen Co. (1903). Brilliant cut glass catalog: J. D. Bergen Co. 1903 "red cover". [Reprint c. 2004, edited by Rob Smith, LABAC, Cycle #7, V-R Information Systems, Leawood, KS. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00153-55.)

Design catalogue reprint

J. D. Bergen Co. (1904). The J.D. Bergen Co. manufacturers of rich cut glassware. Reprint of 1904 salesman’s catalogue of the F.L. Bosworth Company, 23 & 25 N. Fourth St., Minneapolis, MN. Reprint: American Cut Glass Association, Ramona, CA (c. 2002). (Viewed 15 June 2017. G00007.)

Design catalogue reprint

J. D. Bergen Co. (1904-05). [The J. D. Bergen Co., manufacturers of rich cut glassware]. 79 pp., Cembura & Avery: Berkeley, CA, 1973 [Reprint of 1904-05 catalogue]. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00156-61.)

Design catalogue

J. D. Bergen Co. (1905-06). Bergen cut glass: 1905-06. 80 pp. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00162.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "J. D. Bergen Co." section including 3 portraits and illustration of building, (pp. 99-101). 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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

"... formerly located on Miller street [and relocated to a five-story brick plant at Center and Britannia streets] ... its products sold throughout the entire United States and in many foreign countries... employs a force of approximately 200 hands at its Meriden plant, maintains offices and show rooms in New York and in Chicago, and resident agents at Boston, Baltimore and all other principals cities of the United States... the Bergen Company maintains traveling representatives in the far West in the United States, and foreign representatives who take in practically all of Asia and Oceanica. There is also a resident agent in the city of Mexico and in Honolulu." (Excerpt from above.)

Design catalogue reprint

J. D. Bergen Co. (1906-07). [Bergen cut glass: 1906-07]. 80 pp. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00163.)

Design catalogue reprint

J. D. Bergen Co. (1907-08). “J. D. Bergen Co. Bergen cut glass, 1907-8”. In Brilliant cut glass catalogs: Fry, Bergen, Maple City, United States Glass, Bawo & Dotter, Bowman, Otto Young, Marshall Wells. Edited by Rob Smith. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00164-65.)

Advertisement

(4 August 1909). Advertisement: "The Bergen Cut Glass Co. manufacturers rich American cut glass". Mentions 1909 catalogue. "New York Salesroom - 38 Murray Street; Chicago - 131 Wabash Avenue; San Francisco - 709 Jewelers Bldg." "Peleus", no. 805 soap box illustrated. The Jewelers’ Circular, v. 59, no. 1., p. 118. (Viewed 3 July 2017. A02740; A02756; A02758’ A02760.)

Missing design catalogue

J. D. Bergen Co. (1909). [catalogue]. (See advertisement entry above. Viewed 3 July 2017. A02740.)


1910s

Historical information

(c. 1911). "J. D. Bergen Co." profile and illustration, (p. 29). In Meriden Illustrated. William S. Kline & Company: Kinderhook, NY. (Viewed 12 June 2016. A00781.)

Design catalogue

J. D. Bergen Co. (1914). [Catalogue No. 51], 80 looseleaf pp. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00166.)

Design catalogue reprint

J. D. Bergen Co. (1914). “J. D. Bergen Co. Rich cut glass, catalogue no. 51”. 80 looseleaf pp. In Brilliant cut glass catalogs: Blackmer, Bergen and Blackmer, edited by Rob Smith”. Leawood, KS: V-R Information Systems, c. 2003. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00167-68.)


1960s

Secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (15 August 1963). Skilled workmen from many lands made Meriden center of glass cutting industry at turn of century. The Morning Record, (p. 12 & 23). [Mentions J. D. Bergen Co.; Meriden Cut Glass Co. / Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Meriden Flint Glass Co.; C. F. Monroe; J. J. Niland Co.; Silver City Cut Glass Co.] (Viewed 2 August 2017. AAA00614. DM.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.
  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, Meriden newspapers on microfiche.

Secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (October 1967). Early glass craftsmen in Meriden. Unpublished document: summaries of company activities including "J. D. Bergen & Co." 4 pp. (Viewed 10 August 2017. AAA00632.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.


1990s

J. D. Bergen in 1997 exhibition

LeCleire Taylor, Gay. (1997). Slivers of light: Rich cut oil lamps (exhibition catalogue). Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ. 12 pp. [Including designs by the J. D. Bergen Co.; burners / oil pots included in glass designs by Bradley & Hubbard and Edward Miller & Co.] (Viewed 8 June 2016. A00757-58. DM.)


2010s

Secondary source

Tobin, Diane. (2012). On "Bergen". In Appendix: Biographies section in The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. Charleston, SC: The History Press. (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00696.)


n. d.

Secondary source

J. D. Bergen Co. (undated). [J. D. Bergen historical memorandum]. In Cut glass catalogs: Libbey, Huntley, Loftis, Reim, Burley & Co, et al. 550 pp.; V-R Information Systems, c. 2005: Leawood, KS. (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00169.)


Footnote:
[1] This dating "1885-1922" comes from Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. (See appendix: Meriden Glass Companies). Charleston, SC: The History Press. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00696]



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