La Pierre Mfg Co. - designs in museums, at auction, in exhibitions, and historical information

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"The La Pierre company started as early as 1888 in New York where Frank H. La Pierre had a small shop at 18 East 14th St. making a variety of novelties and small wares. In 1895 it was incorporated in New Jersey... In 1900 the firm was again incorporated by La Pierre and H. C. Brown. In 1929 the La Pierre business was purchased by the International Silver Company and moved to Wallingford, Connecticut... "

— Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "La Pierre Mfg Co.", (p. 136). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). (See listing below for more information.)


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A. La Pierre Mfg. Co. designs in collections (by year)


1880s

1885-93 - shoe horn

La Pierre Mfg Co. (1885-1893). Victorian shoe horn. Silver. (Accession no. 2015-112-1. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01349.)


1890s

1895-1910 - desk set

La Pierre Mfg Co. (1895-1910). Desk set. Silver, patinated copper, glass, paper. (Accession nos. 2000-123-1-13. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01351-63.)

1895-1910 - vase

La Pierre Mfg Co. (1895-1910). Vase. Blown glass with engraved silver overlay. (Accession no. 1990-55-44. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01350.)


1900s

c. 1900 - vase

La Pierre Silversmiths (presumably division of La Pierre Mfg Co. (c. 1900). Bottle and lid. Silver overlay on glass. (Accession nos. TR7.2009A,B. Viewed 22 January 2016. AAA00556-01.)

  • Offline - Newark Museum, NJ.

1900-05 - whiskey jug

Ceramic Art Company, Lenox China & La Pierre Manufacturing Co. (1900-1905). Whiskey jug with silver deposit decoration. Silver, porcelain. (Accession no. 74.148. Viewed 22 January 2016. AAA00556-02.)

1900-10 - inkwell

La Pierre Mfg Co. (1900-10). Inkwell with applied blossoms. Copper, silver, glass. (Accession no. TR64.98.1. Viewed 22 January 2016. AAA00556-05.)

c. 1900-15 - powder jar

La Pierre Silversmiths (presumably division of La Pierre Mfg Co.) (c. 1900-1915). Powder jar. Silver, glass. (Accession nos. 83.171A,B. Viewed 22 January 2016. (AAA00556-03.)

  • Offline - Newark Museum, NJ.

c. 1900-15 - hair receiver

La Pierre Silversmiths (presumably division of La Pierre Mfg Co.) (c. 1900-1915). Hair receiver. Silver, glass. (Accession nos. 83.172A,B. Viewed 22 January 2016. AAA00556-04.)

  • Offline - Newark Museum, NJ.

1900-20 - vase

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (1900-20). Vase. Glass, silver. (Accession no. 84.4.247. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01364.)

1902-79 - napkin ring

La Pierre Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (1902-79). Napkin ring. Silver. (Accession no. 71.91.49. Viewed 8 April 2017. A01964.)

c. 1904 - baby rattle

La Pierre Manufacturing Company. (c. 1904). Baby rattle. Sterling silver. (Cat. no. 2008.9.184. Viewed 26 August 2018. J00146-47).

c. 1905 - vase

Loetz Glassworks and silver overlay by La Pierre Manufacturing Co. (c. 1905). Vase. Sterling silver, colored glass. (Accession no. 1974.120.7. Viewed 27 March 2017. A01782.)

c. 1905 - vase

Probably Johann Löetz Witwe Glassworks; La Pierre Mfg. Co. (metalwork). (c. 1905). Vase. Glass with silver overlay. (Accession no. M1998.346. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01367.)


1910s

1910-15 - cologne bottle with stopper

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (1910-15). Cologne bottle with stopper. (Accession no. 84.4.236. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01365.)

1910-50 - cologne bottle with stopper

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (1910-50). Cologne bottle with stopper. Glass, silver. (Accession no. 84.4.237. Viewed 27 December 2016. A01366.)


1920s

before 1929 - oval buckle

La Pierre Mfg Co. (before 1929). Oval buckle. Silver. (Cat. no. A-2540-006. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02137).



La Pierre Mfg Co. became part of the International Silver Company in 1929. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents possibly utilized by the La Pierre Mfg Co. division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).



B. La Pierre Mfg. Co. designs at auction


1890s

c. 1890 - vase

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (c. 1890). Silver and copper vase. (Viewed 27 December 2017. A01343.)

c. 1895 - desk set

La Pierre Mfg Co. (c. 1895). Copper and silver Art Nouveau eight-piece desk set. (Viewed 27 December 2016. A01348.)


1900s

c. 1900 - centerpiece bowl

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (c. 1900). Silver overlay glass centerpiece bowl. (Viewed 27 December 2016. A01370.)

c. 1900 - glass and silver appliqué decanter

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (c. 1900). Green cased-glass and silver appliqué decanter. (Viewed 2 July 2018. G02115).

c. 1901 - inkwell

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (c. 1901). Inkwell. Cut glass, sterling silver. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02778).

early 20th c. - infant rattle

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (early 20th century). Infant rattle. (Viewed 2 July 2018. G02112).


1910s

c. 1910 - decanter with stopper

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (c. 1910). Glass decanter with silver and mixed-metal stopper. (Viewed 27 December 2016. A01369.)

early 20th c. - vase

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (early 20th century). Art Nouveau silver overlay blue iridescent glass vase. (Viewed 27 December 2016. A01372.)

20th c. - goblets and candlesticks

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (20th century). Set of silver goblets and matching candlesticks. Sterling silver. (Viewed 27 December 2016. A01371.)


n. d.

n. d. - lemon plate

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (undated). Lemon plate. Cut glass with sterling rim mount. (Viewed 7 August 2017. D00238.)

n. d. - vase

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (undated). Tall bud vase. Sterling silver. (Viewed 27 December 2016. A01373.)

n. d. - sterling dish

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (undated). Dish. Sterling silver. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02779).

n. d. - lady’s dressing table set

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (undated). Lady’s dressing table set (including hand mirror, hair brush, comb, clothes brush, glass powder jar, glass rouge jar, nail buffer with stand, pin tray, nail scissors, cuticle knife, nail file, button hook and shoe horn. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02780).

n. d. - four candlestick holders

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (undated). Four candlestick holders. Sterling silver. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02781).

n. d. - mug

La Pierre Mfg. Co. / ISC. (undated). Mug. Sterling silver. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02782).

n. d. - decanter

La Pierre Mfg. Co. (undated). Silver overlay decanter. (Viewed 27 December 2016. A01368.)



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".




C. La Pierre Mfg. Co. designs in exhibitions


1990s

1990 - Milwaukee and Newark exhibitions

2 venues: 1990 - c. 1991. Sumptuous Surrounds: Silver Overlay on Ceramic and Glass, The Collection of Warren Gilson at the Milwaukee Art Museum (16 February - 27 May 1990) and Newark Museum, New Jersey (dates unknown).

Exhibited designs:

> La Pierre Mfg. Co. (c. 1890). Vase (the silver work); (c. 1895). Decanter (the silver work); (c. 1900). Mug (the silver work); (c. 1900). Decanter (the silver work); (c. 1895). Vase (the silver work); (c. 1905). Vase (the silver work; body: possibly Loetz; see listed object above, now in MAM collection); (c. 1900). Vase (the silver work); (c. 1905). Vase (possibly the silver work); (c. 1905). Vase (the silver work; body: probably Loetz); (c. 1905). Vase (the silver work; body: Ceramic Art). (All private lender, Gilson.)

  • For documentation, see historical information section below.



See other exhibitions noted as including unspecified International Silver Company designs (1929-present). At this developing research point, La Pierre Mfg. Co. designs could have been exhibited in some of these exhibitions.



2010s

2014 - Newark Museum

8 January 2014 - ongoing. City of silver and gold: from Tiffany to Cartier at Newark Museum, New Jersey.

> Exhibited design: Ceramic Art Company / Lenox China / La Pierre Manufacturing Company. (1900-05). Whiskey jug with silver deposit decoration. Porcelain, silver. (Newark Museum collection, listed above.)

  • For documentation, see the historical information section below. (La Pierre became part of the International Silver Co. in c. 1929; other companies do not have a Design Meriden area geographical connection.)



See our Design Meriden compilation listing over 1000 exhibitions since 1851, featuring historical design associated with the Meriden area.



D. La Pierre Mfg. Co. - historical information


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1880s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1888-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 25 April 2020. C01269; D01213).

1888 - news mention

(March 1888). Trade gossip (with mention of F. H. La Pierre). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 89. (Viewed 5 September 2018. F00264).

"Mr. F. H. La Pierre, the successor of Westen & Co., will continue at the same place, 18 East Fourteenth street. His line is sterling silver novelties of every description." (Excerpt in full from above.)



1889 articles

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1889 - news mention

(May 1889). Trade gossip [with mention of Frank H. La Pierre]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 94. (Viewed 26 July 2020. L01854.)

"... One of the latest fads in bangle bracelets now so popular, is the ’Shakespeare.’ It is made of sterling silver, in the bangles are engraved short and pertinent quotations from the great William’s dramas. Frank H. La Pierre, 18 East 14th street, New York, is the manufacturer. An attractive little hanger, showing the quotations used in the work, will be sent to dealer upon application." (Excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention

(August 1889). Trade gossip [with mention of Frank H. La Pierre]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 86. (Viewed 26 July 2020. L01856.)

"... The ’Shakespeare Bangle’ has scored an astonishing success. This little novelty consists of an ordinary slender bangle... But their popularity has led to a pretty general piracy on the part of makers of silver novelties. The holder of the design patent on this idea is Frank H. La Pierre..." (Excerpt from above.)




1889 - patent - design for a bracelet

Frank H. La Pierre. (24 December 1889; filed 15 March 1889). Design no. 19,530; serial no. 303,499: Design for a bracelet. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02435).


1890s

1890 - news mention

(March 1890). Trade gossip [includes paragraph on F. H. La Pierre and the popularity of "Shakespeare bracelet".] The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 88. (Viewed 4 September 2018. F00236).

1890 - patent - design for a plate for canes or umbrella-handles

Frank H. La Pierre. (23 September 1890; filed 17 June 1890). Design no. 20,170; serial no. 355,803: Design for a plate for canes or umbrella-handles. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02436).

1891 - four advertisements

Frank H. La Pierre. (March 1891). Advertisement: "... Sterling silver..." [no illustrations]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 1 September 2018. E00298-99; H00377; H00382).

1892 - news mention

(15 June 1892). Trade gossip (with paragraph on F. H. La Pierre securing a patent for the "Reina Victoria" cigar cutter). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 33. (Viewed 5 September 2018. F00282).

1892 - five advertisements

Frank H. La Pierre, Silversmith, New York. (April-June 1892). Advertisement: "This is a Reina Victoria and we are making a cutter that is far superior to any other cutter as a Reina is to a ’Twofer’. This is a ’Twofer’" [with illustrations]. The Jewelers’ Circular. (Updated 23 June 2020. L01422; L01468-71).

1893 - patent - clasp

Isaac Coe, assignor to Frank H. La Pierre. (7 February 1893; filed 4 October 1892). Letters patent no. 491,079; serial no. 447,822: Clasp. (Viewed 20 April 2018. AAA02434). [1]

1894 - patent - cigar-tip cutter

Frank H. La Pierre. (30 January 1894; filed 2 September 1893). Letters patent no. 513,581; serial no. 484,616: Cigar-tip cutter. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02465).

1894 - patent - corkscrew

Frank H. La Pierre. (10 April 1894; filed 2 September 1893). Letters patent no. 518,005; serial no. 484,617: Corkscrew. (Viewed 21 April 2018. AAA02437).

1895 - news brief

(23 October 1895). Incorporation of the LaPierre [sic] Manufacturing Co. Jeweler’s Circular and Horological Review, p. 13. (Viewed 20 April 2018. G02067).

"Jersey City, N. J., Oct. 13— The La Pierre Manufacturing Co., of this city, have incorporated with a capital stock of $100,000 in single shares of $100, to manufacture, purchase and sell silver wares and do the business of manufacturing silversmiths.

The promoters are: Frank H. LaPierre, Gustave A. Henckel and Jas. B. Dill, of East Orange, N.J." (News brief in full)


1896 - patent - die and die-holder

Frank H. La Pierre. (10 March 1896; filed 3 June 1895). Letters patent no. 556,060; serial no. 551,553: Die and die-holder. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02466).

1898 - patent - design for a brush or mirror back

Frank H. La Pierre. (18 January 1898; filed 18 December 1897). Design no. 28,169; serial no. 662,494: Design for a brush or mirror back. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02506).

1898 - patent - design for a clothes-brush

Frank H. La Pierre. (24 May 1898; filed 21 April 1898). Design no. 28,682; serial no. 678,396: Design for a clothes-brush. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02507).

1898 - patent - design for a hair-brush

Frank H. La Pierre. (24 May 1898; filed 21 April 1898). Design no. 28,683; serial no. 678,397: Design for a hair-brush. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02508).

1898 - patent - design for a bracelet or similar article

Frank H. La Pierre. (31 May 1898; filed 21 April 1898). Design no. 28,720; serial no. 678,395: Design for a bracelet or similar article. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02509).

1898 - patent - design for a handle for nail-files or similar articles

Frank H. La Pierre. (11 October 1898; filed 23 June 1898). Design no. 29,465; serial no. 684,302: Design for a handle for nail-files or similar articles. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02510).

1899 - patent - design for a brush-back or similar article

Frank H. La Pierre. (24 January 1899; filed 22 December 1898). Design no. 30,044; serial no. 700,065: Design for a brush-back or similar article. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02524).

1899 - patent - design for a back for brushes or similar articles

Frank H. La Pierre. (31 October 1899; filed 27 September 1899). Design no. 31,735; serial no. 731,869: Design for a back for brushes or similar articles. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02525).

1899 - patent - design for a back for brushes or similar articles

Frank H. La Pierre. (31 October 1899; filed 27 September 1899). Design no. 31,736; serial no. 731,870: Design for a back for brushes or similar articles. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02526).


1900s

1903 - patent - engraving or carving machine

Honestus M. Albee, assignor of two-thirds to William H. King and Frank H. La Pierre. (28 July 1903; filed 5 December 1899). Letters patent no. 734,792; serial no. 739,242: Engraving or carving machine. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02467).

1904 - patent - design for a hat-pin head

William Turton, assignor to Frank H. La Pierre. (17 May 1904; filed 10 February 1904). Design no. 36,913; serial no. 193,021: Design for a hat-pin head. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02468).

1904 - patent - design for a hat-pin head

Wiliam Turton, assignor to Frank H. La Pierre. (15 March 1904; filed 10 February 1904). Design no. 36,848; serial no. 193,020: Design for a hat-pin head. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02527).

1904 - patent - design for a hat-pin head

Wiliam Turton, assignor to Frank H. La Pierre. (22 March 1904; filed 10 February 1904). Design no. 36,855; serial no. 193,019: Design for a hat-pin head. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02528).


1910s

1915 - patent - design for a mirror, brush, or similar toilet article

Charles F. Bostock, assignor to La Pierre Manufacturing Company. (14 December 1915; filed 30 August 1915). Design no. 48,271; serial no. 48,124: Design for a mirror, brush, or similar toilet article. (Viewed 20 April 2018. AAA02432).

1918 - patent - design for a back for mirrors, brushes, or similar articles

Frank H. La Pierre. (17 December 1918; filed 23 August 1917). Design no. 52,771; serial no. 187,893: Design for a back for mirrors, brushes, or similar articles. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02471).


1920s

1921 - patent - design for a vase

Frank H. La Pierre. (13 September 1921; filed 18 February 1921). Design no. 59,016; serial no. 446,189: Design for a vase. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02470).

1921 - patent - design for a back of a mirror, brush, or similar article

Frank H. La Pierre. (4 October 1921; filed 18 February 1921). Design no. 59,237; serial no. 446,187: Design for a back of a mirror, brush, or similar article. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02472).

1921 - patent - design for a candlestick

Frank H. La Pierre. (4 October 1921; filed 18 February 1921). Desogn no. 59,238; serial no. 446,188: Design for a candlestick. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02473).

1923 - patent - pen

Arthur Winter, assignor of one-half to Frank H. La Pierre. (3 April 1923; filed 24 February 1919). Letters patent no. 1,450,398; serial no. 278,562; renewed 23 February 1923: Pen. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02529).

1925 - patent - design for a back of a mirror or similar article

Charles F. Bostock, assignor to La Pierre Manufacturing Company. (13 October 1925; filed 9 July 1925). Design no. 68,421; serial no. 14,039: Design for a back of a mirror or similar article. (Viewed 20 April 2018. AAA02433).

1928 - patent - design for a hand mirror or similar article

Frank H. La Pierre, assignor to La Pierre Manufacturing Company. (16 October 1928; filed 29 June 1928). Design no. 76,619; serial no. 27,322: Design for a hand mirror or similar article. (Viewed 23 April 2018. AAA02469).


1930s

c. 1930-? - missing design brochure or catalogue

La Pierre Mfg. Co. / International Silver Company. (c. 1930-?). La Pierre Sterling, Cameo, English Gadroon [design brochure or catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 26 April 2020. C01300).

c. 1935 / 1938 - design catalogue

La Pierre Mfg. Co. / International Silver Company. (c. 1935 / 1938). [Black post bound catalog]. ["La Pierre and Watrous items".] Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 31 July 2018. C00201-12).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1937-38 - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (c. 1937-38). ["Black post bound catalog"]. [Includes designs by La Pierre and Watrous Sterling.] Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00202-01).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

1938 - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1938). Catalog - Approved wholesale distributors line [including Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. flatware, and La Pierre hollow ware and dresser ware]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 1 August 2018. C00206-12).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


1940s

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "La Pierre Mfg. Co." mentions (inside front cover and page 173). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 16 April 2018. DM.)

"[In 1929], LaPierre Manufacturing Company, specializing in toiletware, was removed from Newark, New Jersey, to Wallingford, Connecticut ..." (Excerpt from above, p. 173.)



1960s

1966 - encyclopedia entry

Rainwater, Dorothy T. (1966). "International Silver Co." [with mention of La Pierre Mfg. Co.], (pp. 82-3). In American silver manufacturers: Their marks, trademarks and history. Everybodys Press: Hanover, PA. (Viewed 12 August 2020. L01882-83 L01900-01).

1966 - encyclopedia entry

Rainwater, Dorothy T. (1966). "La Pierre Mfg. Co." [with marks], (p. 99). In American silver manufacturers: Their marks, trademarks and history. Everybodys Press: Hanover, PA. (Viewed 5 August 2020. L01882-83; L01902).


1990s

1990 - exhibition catalogue - La Pierre Mfg. Co. in Milwaukee and Newark exhibitions

(c. 1990). Book / exhibition catalogue: Sumptuous Surrounds: Silver Overlay on Ceramic and Glass, The Collection of Warren Gilson at Milwaukee Art Museum, WI (16 February - 27 May 1990). 60 pp. (Also at Newark Museum, NJ, dates unknown.) [For exhibited designs by La Pierre, see exhibition section above.] (Updated 13 June 2017. A01367; A01486; AAA00550; G00001. DM.)


2000s

2004 - encyclopedia entry

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "International Silver Company" [with mention of La Pierre Mfg. Co. (with mark)], (p. 116-20). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 12 August 2020. A02925a-c(-)27a-c).

2004 - encyclopedia entry

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "La Pierre Mfg Co." [with marks], (p. 136). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). [See excerpt at top.] Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 19 June 2020. A02929a.)


2010s

2014 - exhibition webpage - La Pierre in Newark Museum exhibition

Newark Museum, NJ. (c. 2014). Exhibition webpage for City of silver and gold: from Tiffany to Cartier at Newark Museum, New Jersey. (Viewed 18 November 2018. AAA00556; L00829; L00840).

  • Online - exhibition webpage - Newark Museum, NJ website.
  • Offline - exhibition press release - no mention of La Pierre - Newark Museum, NJ.
  • Online - object webpage - Ceramic Art Company / Lenox China / La Pierre Manufacturing Company. (1900-05). Whiskey jug with silver deposit decoration. Porcelain, silver. Object in exhibition; Photo - Newark Museum, NJ. (Search the collection with "LaPierre".) (La Pierre became part of the International Silver Co. in c. 1929; other companies do not have a Design Meriden area geographical connection.)
  • Offline - communication with registrar, Newark Museum.


n. d.

n. d. - two design catalogues

La Pierre Mfg. Company (Newark, NJ). [Two "post bound large format catalogs"]. Number of pages unknown. [Viewed 29 July 2018. C00202-03(-04)].

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


Footnote:
[1] At this juncture, it is not known to what extent patents received by or assigned to Frank H. La Pierre were utilized by the La Pierre Manufacturing Co., 1893-1928.