J. J. Niland Co. design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"J. J. Niland & Co.
"The show rooms of J. J. Niland & Co. at the factory on Miller street, contain a line of cut glass seldom equalled for variety, quality and moderate prices... The product of this factory in its entirety is from the crude blank to the finished ornament and the patterns of the company are not only original but radically different from the unscrupulous imitations. Among the customers of this concern are Tiffany & Co., celebrated jewelers of New York City, and many leading glass and crockery dealing concerns, including Higgins & Seiter, also of New York."

— in Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "J. J. Niland & Co." section. 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), p. 133. (See entry below.)


J. J. Niland Co. (1902-59) design catalogues and historical information [1]

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1890s

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "T. Niland & Co." (possible predecessor company). In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, (p. 50). [including two portraits]. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00787-88.)


1900s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1902-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

Historical information

(16 June 1905). Handsome vase by Meriden concern. [Article talks about a 56-inch vase designed and made for Tiffany’s in New York.] The Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 2 August 2017. AAA00618-618b; AAA00626.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "J. J. Niland & Co." section (at end) including portrait and photo of interior, (pp. 132-33). 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.)


1910s

Advertisement

J. J. Niland. (16 February 1911). Advertisement: "Showroom Bargains... in Cut Glass At The Factory..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 2. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00249.)

Design catalogue

J. J. Niland Co. (1913). The J. J. Niland Company: Rich cut glass. 25 pp. Meriden, CT. (Click image in the CMOG record below to see the catalogue.) (Viewed 27 March 2016. A00172; AAA00009.)

Design catalogue reprint

J. J. Niland Co. (c. 1913). "J. J. Niland Co., manufacturers of rich cut glass, Meriden, Conn. [n.d., 1913]". In The cut glass of the Niland Brothers. Published by the American Cut Glass Association in collaboration with the Deep River Historical Society, Deep River, CT and the Rakow Research Library of the Corning Museum of Glass. Ramona, CA: American Cut Glass Association, c. 2007 (Corning, NY: Sunset Printers). (Updated 15 April 2017. A00171.)

News mention

(14 August 1913). News mention: "J. J. Niland is at the New Grand [Hotel, New York] with his line of cut glass. The decorations are fine engraved designs of a high order." Crockery & Glass Journal, p. 11. (Viewed 9 October 2017. G01191.)

News mention

(25 December 1913). News mention: In Boston, "J. J. Niland of the J. J. Niland Cut Glass Co., Meriden, Conn., has been here with samples." Crockery & Glass Journal, p. 11. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01233.)


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 "The J. J. Niland Company", "Bergen and Niland, 1880-1885", "T. Niland Cut Glass Co.". 4 pp. (Viewed 10 August 2017. AAA00632.)

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

"Established in 1902 as J. J. Niland & Company, the company [was] incorporated in 1906 as The J. J. Niland Company. James J. Niland was President and Treasurer, Emeline T. Niland was Vice-President and Secretary. Later, others who became stockholders were Howard C. Tryon, Helen L. Bergen. [The company] produced caster bottles, fluted and cooperwheel designs, jars, colognes, perfume bottles, vinegar and oil sets used wih silver fittings, both sterling silver and plated ware.

In 1906 [the company] developed a large line of tableware, vases, bowls, decanters, lamps, watersets, carafes, punch bowls. [They made] excellent cuttings on high grade blanks. [They] operated on a small scale after 1940. The corporation was liquidated in 1959." [Full excerpt of "The J. J. Niland Company" from above.]


2010s

Secondary source

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



Footnote:
[1] This dating "1902-59" 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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