Manhattan Silver Plate Co. designs and historical information (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 19 May 2016 | Updated 18 October 2017

Organized in Brooklyn, New York in 1872, the business moved to Lyons, New York, in 1889. In 1893, a business owned by A. H. Towar was purchased and continued under the name New Haven Silver Plate Co. The firm was in the original group that formed International Silver Co. Around 1900 the plant was dismantled and the machinery, tools, and material moved to Meriden. The trademark was used on inexpensive silverplated hollowware until about 1908."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 167 (see entry below).

A. Manhattan Silver Plate Co. - designs at auction [1]

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Soup tureen and cover

Manhattan Silver Plate Co. (undated). Soup tureen and cover. (22 August 2017. D00246.)

B. Manhattan Silver Plate Co. - historical information

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Company records

International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. [Including Manhattan Silver Plate, (Lyons, New York)]. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00419.)

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1872-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

Eleven listings

Manhattan Silver Plate Company. (February 1878). Listing (in full): "Manufacturers of every description and quality of Silver Plated and Bronze Ware, office No. 39 John [S]treet. Factory 382 to 390 2d Ave." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. xxxv. (Viewed 20 September 2017. G00502; G00506; G00510; G00513; G00522; G00525; G00530; G00534; G00537; G00541-42.)


Manhattan Silver Plate in 1893 exposition

(1893). World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Chicago), Official catalogue, Part VIII. [Listed on p. 28]. (Exhibition: 1 May - 30 October 1893). W. B. Conkey Company: Chicago. (Viewed 13 May 2017. A00850; A02429.)

Manhattan Silver Plate in 1893 exposition

Manhattan Silver Plate Co. (1893). Souvenir reference book 1492-1893. 32 pp. (“Presented by Manhattan Silver Plate Co. Chicago salesroom, 63-65 Washington St.; Pocket souvenir book issued by Manhattan Silver Plate Co consisting primarily of pages with illustrations of Columbian World’s Fair buildings opposite ruled memo pages for taking notes.”) (Updated 11 April 2017. A00673-74.)


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.)

News mention

(March 1905). News mention: Manhattan Silver Plate Company moves to Meriden. House Furnishing Review, p. 151. (Viewed 2 October 2017. G00998-G01005.)


Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Manhattan Silver Plate Co.", [p. 167 (statement in full above)]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


Secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Manhattan Silver Plate Co.", (pp. 146-7). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 17 August 2017. A02931; A02931b.)

[1] Manhattan Silver Plate Co. 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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