Meriden Britannia Company design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO. (THE)
In the year 1852 Messrs. I. C. Lewis, L. J. Curtis, W. W. Lyman, H. C. Wilcox and other gentlemen of Meriden, Conn., organized a manufacturing company for the production of articles in britannia metal and adopted the corporate name of Meriden Britannia Co... From a moderate beginning the plant of this Company has increased until its floor surface covers over eight acres of space. It is one of the representative establishments of its kind in the world... Manufacturers of "1847" Rodgers [sic] Bros. Silver Ware; Gold and Silver Plate on Fine Nickel Silver and White Metal; Tea, Coffee and Water Sets, Candelabra, Epergnes, Fruit Dishes, Cake Baskets, Baking Dishes, etc. etc. Offices: New York, Chicago, Meriden, London, Paris, San Francisco, and Hamilton, Ont."

— D.H. Hurd & Co. in Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations (1893), p. 211.


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1850s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1852-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)

Company records

International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. [Including Meriden Britannia Company.] (Viewed 15 May 2016. A00419.)

Missing design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1855). [trade catalogue, including designs of dinner casters, spittoons, grease and fluid lamps]. No copy in a public library is known to exist. (Viewed 23 December 2016.)

Design catalogue excerpt

Meriden Britannia Company. (1855). Reprinted section of page showing 3 designs for dinner casters and one toy caster, reprinted page from catalogue showing 3 spittoons, and 4 grease and 6 fluid lamps (1855). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (pp. 48-9, 80, 124). (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Missing design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1856). [Catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. [1]

Design catalogue excerpt

Meriden Britannia Company. (1856). Reprinted page of catalogue (1856). In Scheips, Marguerite T. 1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 20). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1859). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. 73 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00596.)


1860s

Missing design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1861). [Catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. No copy known to exist in a public library. (See entry below).

Design catalogue excerpts reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1861). Reprinted illustration showing 8 cake baskets from 1861 catalogue. In: Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company, (p. 25). Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Design catalogue excerpts reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1861). [Possibly attributed to 1861 catalogue]. See 5 illustrations of call bells with 1861 attribution in general in: Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 22). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1862). Appendix to April 1, 1861 Price List “New Patterns”. 16 pp. (Viewed 18 February 2017. AAA00570 - 013.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (after 1862). 1847 Rogers Brothers Spoons, Forks, Knives, etc. [Catalogue No. 36.] 163 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00464; A01477; C00001-41.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1864). Price list of articles manufactured by … West Meriden, CT. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00328.)

Historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1864). On "Meriden Britannia", (p. 756). In A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860. [Brief mention, see excerpt below.] Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. (Viewed 1 June 2017. A02568-70.)

"[The] Meriden Britannia Company, [in 1860], employed 320 hands and produced a value of $480,000" (excerpt from above).

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (15 February 1867). Price list of Britannia spoons, also, plated argentine spoons. 11 pp. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Co. (Viewed 20 June 2016. C00014-18.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. Q683.82 M651p.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). Heavily Electro Plated Nickel Silver and White Metal Goods. West Meriden, CT. 192 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00597.)

Design catalogue reprint

Meriden Britannia Company (1867). Heavily electro plated nickel silver and white metal goods. 192 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [3]

Design catalogue reprint

Meriden Britannia Company (1867). Heavily electro plated nickel silver and white metal goods. 192 pp. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3098). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. (Viewed 19 June 2016. A00868; A00889-91.) [2]

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. 192 pp. (Notation in 1984 reprint below, may be applicable: "Missing pages 113, 114, 171, 172. Used by Rogers, Smith, & Co.") (Viewed 23 April 2017. A02254.)

Price list reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. ("Missing pages 113, 114, 171, 172. Used by Rogers, Smith, & Co.") 192 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry 1665, p. 290), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Viewed 19 June 2016. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [4]

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). [Presumably selected pages from unspecified 1867 design catalogue]. In Pyne Press. (1972). Victorian silverplated holloware; tea services, caster sets, ice water pitchers, card receivers, napkin rings, knife rests, toilet sets, goblets, cups, trays and waiters, epergnes, butter dishes, pickle casters, salts, tureens, communion services. Compiled by the editors of the Pyne Press. 156 pp. 16-page bibliography. Princeton, NJ. (Updated 23 April 2017. A01452; A02255.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (June 1868). … Appendix to Meriden Britannia Co.’s price list of August 1867. Springfield, MA: Samuel Bowles & Co. Printers and binders. 34 pp. (Viewed 24 June 2016. A00940-05; C00014-08.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. FF974.62 M651mb;
  • Offline - Yale Unliversity library, New Haven, Folio S43 1867A.

Historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden" (mentions Meriden Britannia Company), (pp. 424-26). In A history of American manufactures from 1608-1860 (3rd edition, revised and enlarged). Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. (Viewed 15 June 2016. A00816-18.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1869). The Meriden Britannia Co.’s illustrated and descriptive price list of coffin and casket trimmings. 27 pages. (Viewed 24 June 2016. A00940-03.)

  • Offline - Yale University library, New Haven, call no. UT2345 +I55 1869.

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (186?). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. ("Sample room, corner of John & Gold Sts., New York."— cover.) 90 pp. (Might be same catalogue as above.) (Updated 23 April 2017. A00813.)


1870s

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1870?). Price list of Britannia & planished goods manufactured by Meriden Britannia co. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 10 May 2016. C00001-18.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. F974.62 M651mb 1870.

Historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Meriden Britannia" section including illustration (pp. 482-84). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780. (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) Meriden: Published by the author. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1871). Illustrated catalogue and price list of heavily plated goods manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. West Meriden, CT; 194 pp. (Updated 24 April 2017. A0324-26; C00001-32; A00610-11; A00894; A00940-07; A00954; AAA00570-014.)

Design catalogue reprint

Meriden Britannia Company (1871). Illustrated catalogue and price list of heavily plated goods manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. 194 pp. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3099, p. 91). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. (Viewed 19 June 2016. A00868; A00889; A00892-93.) [5]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company (c. 1872). Meriden Britannia Co’s Catalogue of Britannia & Planished Ware. 64 pp. (Viewed 18 February 2017. AAA00570-009.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (July 1873). Appendix to price list of July 1st, 1871, of heavily plated goods. ("Includes illustrations of such objects as goblets, vases, spoon holders, egg cups, coffee urns, pickle stands, jewel caskets, sardine boxes, and wine stands.") 79 pp. (Updated 15 April 2017. A00911-16; AAA00570 - 010.)

Design catalogue reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (July 1873). Appendix to price list of July 1st, 1871, of heavily plated goods. 79 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry 1666, p. 290), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Updated 19 June 2016. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [6]

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1873). Reprinted illustration showing match safe with mouse design from catalogue. (1873). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 82). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1874). Illustrated catalogue and descriptive price list of Wm. M. Smith’s fine silver, and gold-plated and oxidized silver casket trimming. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard. 67 pp. [Lacks cover]. (Viewed 19 April 2016. C00014-09.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. Q393.1 M561c.

Historical court case

(March 1874). “Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut. Meriden Britannia Co. v. Charles Parker”, (pp. 153-62). The American Law Register (1852-1891). (Viewed 5 May 2016. A00602; AAA00022.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1875). Price List of the Celebrated 1847 Rogers Bros. A1 Silver-Plated Spoons, Forks, &c.. 30 pp. (Viewed 18 February 2017. AAA00570-015.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Price list

Stein Patent Burial Casket Works. (1875). Fine chaste funeral furniture: Illustrated catalogue. [“The handles, plates, screws and other ornaments shown on our engravings are from this house" (Meriden Brittania Co.)”] 16 pp. Updated 24 April 2017. [A01018]

Map / illustration

O.H. Bailey & Co. (1875). City of Meriden, Conn. 1875: [birds eye view]. Boston. [1 print; lithograph, 55 x 67 cm]. [Includes an image of the Meriden Britannia Co. building below the main image.] (Viewed 24 July 2016. A00048; A01099.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1876). Recapitulation price list of heavily plated goods manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. ("Issued January 1876"). About 59 pages. (Viewed 31 August 2016. AAA00108. DM.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1876). Illustrated catalogue and price list of patent perfection granite ironware. (Updated 24 April 2017. A00329.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1877). Illustrated price list. Electro silver plate. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 18 February 2017. A00330; AAA00570-017.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1877?). Illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plated ware, manufactured by the …. Plated on nickel silver and white metal. 230 pp. (See entry above as duplication is possible.) (Viewed 9 May 2016. C00001-29.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. FF974.62 M651mb 1877.

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1877). Reprinted page from catalogue showing toilet stand designs (1877). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 138). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Lithograph

Cosack & Co. (1877). The Buffalo hunt ["Image of a silver- and gold-plated sculpture designed by Theodore Baur for the Meriden Britannia Co. of West Meriden, CT, as it was displayed at the American Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876".] Chromolithograph, 10 15/16 x 14 1/8 in. (Accession no. 2008.307. Viewed 6 May 2017. A02382.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1878). Meriden Britannia Co.’s illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate, on nickel silver and white metal. 122 pp. (Updated 24 April 2017. C00001-31; A00917-23; AAA00570-011.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1878). Illustrated catalogue and price list of superior electro gold and silver plated ware. West Meriden, CT, 388 pp. (Viewed 29 April 2016. A00463-01.)

  • Offline - Wadsworth Atheneum library, Hartford, CT, call no. fTS675.M42 1882.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1878). Supplementary Catalogue of Electro Silver Plate for Hotel and Restaurant Use. 48 pp. (Viewed 18 February 2017. AAA00570-018.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1878). Three reprinted illustrations of call bells presumably from catalogue (1878). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 22). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of superior electro silver plated ware. (Updated 24 April 2017. A00331.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1879). Twelfth appendix to Meriden Britannia Co’s illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver platel. 70 pp. (Viewed 18 February 2017. AAA00570-020.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1879). Twelfth appendix to Meriden Britannia Co’s illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate on nickel silver and white metal. West Meriden, CT; 140 pp. (Updated 7 May 2017. A00476.)


1880s

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1880). Meriden Britannia Co’s illustrated appendix and price list of the celebrated pearl agate and granite ironware. 104 pp. (Updated 7 May 2017. A00927.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1880). Illustrated catalogue and descriptive price list of Wm. M. Smith’s fine silver, bronze, gold plated and oxidized silver casket trimmings. 48 pages. (Viewed 24 June 2016. A00940-06.)

  • Online - Yale University, New Haven, call number Folio S43 1880.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1880). Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Hotel Ware. 98 pp. (Viewed 17 February 2017. AAA00570-022.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1880). To H.M. the Queen, Dona Maria Pia (Queen of Portugal). 108 unnumbered pages. (Viewed 20 June 2016. A00926.)

  • The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no TS735.M475 T6 1880.

Design catalogue reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1880). [Catalogue]. 14 pp. ("Offers such items as tea and coffee sets, urns, cake baskets, vegetable dishes, pitchers, fruit stands.") "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry 1668, p. 291), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Viewed 20 June 2016. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [7]

Design catalogue reprint

Meriden Britannia Company (1880). Illustrated catalogue and descriptive price list of Wm. M. Smith’s fine silver, bronze, gold plated and oxidized silver casket trimmings. 48 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1), (entry 1667, p. 290), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Viewed 20 June 2016. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [8]

Promotional booklet

Carroll, George D. (1880). Wedding etiquette and usages of polite society. Number of pages unknown. New York. Published by Dempsey & Carroll, (Incorporated,) 46 E. 14th St., Union Sq. (South), bet. B’Way & University Pl., Store of the Meriden Britannia Company, 1880. (Probable relation to Meriden Britannia C.) Viewed 5 May 2016. A00601.)

Design brochure

Lohmann, George H. / Meriden Britannia Company. (1881). Objectos electro-dorados y electro-plateados. 14 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00928.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1881). Price list of the Meriden Britannia Co.’s celebrated 1847. — Rogers Bros. — A-1. electro silver-plated spoons, forks, etc. 68 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00930; A01451.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (1881?). Meriden Britannia Company: Electro gold and silver plate brochure. 16 pp. [Hard copy also at Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56ca TC, listed as "(1881). (Catalog). 12 pp." Updated 27 October 2016. C00001-26; A00730; A00929; A01217.]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1881). Illustrated catalogue and price list of Meriden Britannia Co’s electro gold and silver plate on nickel silver and white metal ... 1882. 324 pp. (Viewed 16 October 2016. A01214.)

Illustrations

Porter, Wils (lithographer). (1881). Illustrations of Meriden Britannia and Horace C. Wilcox residence. In Meriden, Conn. 1881 / From Summit Heights [print (lithograph)]. B. S. Farrow (Publisher). (Object no. 1973.0498.004. Viewed 3 June 2017. A02584-85.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (1882). Electro gold and silver plate (with 1883 appendix). 430 pp. (Updated 15 April 2017. AAA00570-024; A02208.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (1882). Reprinted pages from catalogue (possibly above) showing 13 napkin ring designs (two pages), 9 card receivers and 4 toilet stand designs (1882). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (pp. 30-1, 110, 137). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (1882). Star salts. 18 pp. (Viewed 18 February 2017. AAA00570-022.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1882). Appendix to Meriden Britannia Co’s illustrated catalogue and price list of electro gold and silver plate on nickel silver and white metal... 1882-83. (pp. 325-370; "The Appendix includes all new designs since the issue of our 1882 catalogue, and, being in a pamphlet form, should be kept in large catalogue next to the back cover"). (Updated 23 April 2017. A00335; A01215.)

Map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 4 & 6 showing Meriden Britannia complex). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (1885?). Illustrated catalogue and price list of staple goods, electro, gold and silver plated, on nickel silver and white metal… Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 10 May 2016. C00014-41.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. Q739.23 M651i.

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1885). Price list of articles manufactured. West Meriden, CT; 90 pp. (“Company manufactured all kinds of silver articles, including tea sets, tableware, lamps, and candlesticks.” (Updated 23 April 2017. A00332.) [9]

Price list reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1885). Price list of articles manufactured. 90 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1), (entry 1669, p. 291), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [10]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1886-87). Gold and silver plate. 450 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00607-08; AAA00570-026.)

Design catalogue reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1886-87). Gold and silver plate. 450 pp. In the 1982 reprint The Meriden silver-plate treasury. The complete catalogue of 1886-87 with 3200 illustrations. (With introduction by Edmund P. Hogan.) New York: Dover Publications. (Viewed 24 June 2016. A00952.)

Design catalogue excerpts reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1886). Reprinted illustrations of 14 call bells presumably from catalogue, reprinted illustrations from page showing 3 designs for napkin rings, 6 designs for butter dishes, reprinted page showing 6 dinner caster designs, reprinted page showing 23 dinner caster bottles, reprinted page showing 10 dinner caster bell and vase handles, reprinted illustrations showing 9 sardine boxes, 6 celery stands, 10 pepper boxes and 3 child’s trays, and page from catalogue showing 3 toilet stand designs (1886). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (pp. 24-5, 28, 42, 50, 52-3, 84, 86, 89, 105, 139). (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1887). Price-list of the celebrated 1847 Rogers Bros. AI and 1847 Rogers Bros. XII : gold and silver plated spoons, forks, knives, etc. 111 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00931.)

Advertisement

(1887). Advertisement: 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia Company. In: Beckford, William Hale. (1887). Leading business men of New Haven (county), (p. 271). Mercantile Pub. Co.: Boston. (Viewed 7 July 2017. A00858; A02767.)

Historical information

Beckford, William Hale. (1887). On "The Meriden Britannia Co.", (pp. 232-33, with building illustration and illustration of 1847 Assyrian pattern spoon, and 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia advertisement at inside back cover.) In Leading business men of New Haven (county) [Includes “Meriden” and “Leading business men of Meriden” section (pp. 223-47).] Mercantile Pub. Co.: Boston. (Viewed 17 June 2016. A00858-59.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1888). Gold and silver plate. 40 pp. Chicago: Geo. E. Marshall & Co. (Updated 23 April 2017. A01019.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1888). [Hand-book of hotel furnishing]. 96 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00612; A00932.)

Design catalogue

Busiest House in America. (1889). 13th annual illustrated catalogue of the Busiest House in America containing illustrations and prices of a few leading and staple styles of diamonds, watches, jewelry, silverware, clocks, canes, umbrellas, opera glasses, gold spectacles, eye glasses, etc. [pp. 3-93 feature designs by Rogers, Smith & Co; Meriden Britannia; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; and Middletown Plate Co. without specifying which designs are by which of the 4 companies. Additionally, 1847 Rogers Brothers designs are on pp. 115-30, 134-38, and additional Rogers, Smith & Co designs are on pp. 135 & 137.] Catalogue: 482 pp. (Viewed 7 March 2017. A01684; AAA00585.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (188?). Finest electro silver plated ware (brochure). 4 unnumbered pages. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00933.)


1890s

Design catalogue

Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1890). [Catalogue]. 1 volume, various pagings. (“Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, contents of a Meriden Britannia Co. catalog pub. about 5 years later.”) (Updated 21 April 2017. A00618.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1890). Staple goods: Gold and silver plate. 176 pp. ["This catalogue contains... a complete assortment of 1847.- Rogers Bros. - A1." (p. 2).] (Updated 23 April 2017. A00613.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1890). Illustated catalogue of casket hardware manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. 196 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-027.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Promotional book

Dillingham, G.W. (1890). On the chafing dish. A word for Sunday night teas. (On front cover: Compliments of the Meriden Britannia Co.; includes illustrations of chafing dishes manufactured by Meriden Britannia.) New York, 72 pp. (Viewed 5 May 2016. C00014-01; A00600.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1891). Gold and silver plate. Staple goods [catalogue no. 35]. 58 pp. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00937-02; AA00010; C00001-27. DM.) [11]

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 974.62 M65lmbr #35.

In catalogue above -" Main factories: Meriden, Conn., U.S.A.; Branch factory, Canada, Hamilton, Ontario." "Warerooms: 46 East 14th Street, Union Square, New York; 147 State Street, Chicago; 134 Sutter Street, San Francisco; 7 Cripplegate Buildings, Wood Street, E. C. London, England; 26 Avenue de l’Opera, Paris, France."

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (1891). The Siren flatware pattern. 23 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-028.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Sweetser, Moses Forster. (1891). On the Meriden Britannia Company, and illustration (online) (pp 130 & 135). In King’s Hand-book of the United States planned and edited by M. King. [Text by M. F. Sweetser ... Illustrations, etc.] London; Buffalo [printed] Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. Courtesy British Library, London [UIN no. BLL01014841377]. Viewed 25 June 2016. [A00090-92; A00965]

Historical information and advert

(1891). On the "Meriden Britannia Company / 1847 Rogers Bros.", [pp. 148 (advert); 156 (description and illustration)]. In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01543; A01546-48.)

(7 February 1891). "1847 Rogers Bros. A1" advert / (Meriden Britannia), (p. 16). In Hardware (online), vol. 3, no. 6. Courtesy University of Toronto. Viewed 4 March 2017. [A01587-88]

(12 September 1891). "Trade chat" section. Hardware, p. 5. In Hardware (online), vol. 3, no. 6. Courtesy University of Toronto. Updated 8 May 2017. [A01598-99]

“A mad dog made its way into the Meriden Britannia factory, at Hamilton, on Saturday, and scarred [sic] the clerks nearly out of their wits by its snapping and odd antics. Several bullets were fired into its carcase, and a rope was put around its neck to drag it away when it was supposed to be dead, but the dog had as many lives apparently as the preverbial cat, for though filled with lead, it chewed the rope asunder and hustled gaily up the street in search of fresh fields and pastures green.” [(12 September 1891). "Trade chat" section, Hardware, p. 5 (link above). Updated 8 May 2017. [A01598-99]


Meriden Britannia in 1893 exposition

(1893). World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Chicago), Official catalogue, Part VIII. [Exhibition dates: 1 May - 30 October 1893. Listed: Meriden Britannia Company (p. 27)]. W. B. Conkey Company: Chicago. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00850-56.)

Meriden Britannia in 1893 exposition

(1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. [Listed: Meriden Britannia Co. (p. 128)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01528-31.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (1893). World’s Fair: The Meriden Britannia Co.; also makers of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, knifes, forks, etc. 12 pp. ("Catalogue of silver plated ware displayed in its pavilion at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.") (Viewed 1 June 2016. A00393; A00731.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (1893). Gold and silver plate prize cups [catalogue no. 39]. 32 pp. (Updated 27 April 2017. A00937-05; A00938-39; A00940-02; A00941; A00953.) [13]

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (1893). Catalogue no 40 Examples of Wares in Gold and Silver Plate. 131 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-029.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Missing design catalogue

1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia). (1893). [trade catalogue]. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 7 January 2017.)

Design catalogue excerpts reprint

1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia.) (1893). Reprinted illustrations showing 4 mustache spoons from catalogue (1893). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 91). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Meriden Britannia", (p. 211) and illustration. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. (Viewed 1 May 2016. A00514; A00516.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1893-95). Suggestions for Christmas, Anniversary, and Wedding Gifts in Silver Plate that Wears [catalogue no. 45]. 18 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-030.)

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Sponsored book

Meriden Britannia Company. (1894). A historical sketch of Madison Square. New York: Meriden Britannia. 47 pp. (Viewed 5 May 2016. A00598-99.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1895). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. 1847 Rogers Bros. [catalogue no. 43]. 141 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00934-35.) [14]

Design catalogue reprint

Meriden Britannia Company. (1895). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. (1847 Rogers Bros.) [catalogue No. 43]. 141 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry 1670, p. 291). (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Viewed 2 May 2016. A00518; A00902; A00904) [15]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1895). Price list of Britannia & planished goods. West Meriden, CT; 64 pp. ("Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, the contents of a Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. catalog published about five years earlier.") (Viewed 5 April 2016. A00333.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1895). Price list of Britannia & planished goods. ("Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, the contents of a Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company catalog published about five years earlier. In 1898 these two firms joined with several others to form the International Silver Company.") 64 pp. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3100, p. 91). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. (Viewed 19 June 2016. A00868; A00889; A00895-96.) [16]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1895). [Catalogue promoting chafing dishes; cat. no 48]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02278.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "Meriden Britannia Co." (illustration), (p. 54). In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00787-88.)

Historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). “Lemuel J. Curtis”, organizer (1852) of Meriden Britannia (p. 221). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. (Viewed 20 November 2016. A00065; A00066a-c.)

Historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). “Isaac C. Lewis”, (1814-93), co-founder, Meriden Britannia, (page 498). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. (Viewed 19 April 2016. A00394-95.)

Hall, Henry. (1895). “Horace C. Wilcox”, (1824-90), co-founder, Meriden Britannia, (pp. 872-3). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. (Viewed 19 April 2016. A00396-97.)

Online - Courtesy University of California, Berkeley.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1896). Gold and Silver Plate [catalogue no. 49]. 124 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-031.)

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Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1896). Silver plate that wears [catalogue no. 53]. 12 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-032.)

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Missing design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company. (1897). [Catalogue no. 50]. No copy known to exist. (A00937-10.) [17]

Design catalogue

(c. 1897). 1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia) silverware [including the following patterns: Arabesque, Columbia, Lotus, Moline, Plain, Portland, Romanesque, Savoye, Shell, Tipped, and Vesta.] In 1968 reprint, Israel, Fred L. (Ed.), 1897 Sears Roebuck catalogue, (pp. 443-44). New York: Chelsea House Publishers. (Viewed 9 May 2017. A02406; A02410-11.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Meriden Britannia Co.", (p. 937-39). 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; A02638-39.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company. (189?). Chafing dishes: Nickel silver, silver soldered, quadruple plates. 32 pp. (Updated 23 April 2017. A00936.)

In 1898, the Meriden Brittania Company became part of the International Silver Company. Afterwards, to some extent, the Meriden Britannia name continued in use.

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1899). Trophy book. 31 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-035.)

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1900s

Proofs / illustrations

Meriden Britannia Company. (19th-20th century). Scrapbook of proofs of halftone and woodengraved illustrations of silverware from the Meriden Britannia Company. (Viewed 5 April 2016. A00327.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (c. 1900). The Queen of Autumn – New Sterling Toilet Ware in Chrysanthemum Design. 16 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-036.)

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Price list

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1901). Revised Retail Price-list of Casket Hardware. Approx. 35 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-041.)

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Price list

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1901). Price List Sterling Silver Spoons & Forks also Cases & Chests. 35 pp. and index. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-037.)

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Price list

(c. 1902). 1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia, ISC) silverware. [Including the following patterns: Berkshire, Columbia, Lotus, Portland, Savoy, Shell, Tipped, and Vesta.] In 1969 reprint, 1902 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 105. Crown Publishers. (Viewed 9 May 2017. A02414; A02419.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1902). The Chafing Dish [catalogue no. 65]. 33 pp. (See below.) (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-038.)

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Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1904). The Chafing Dish [catalogue no. 67]. 23 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-039.)

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Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1904). Sterling Silver Spoons and Forks also Cases and Chests. 19 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-040.)

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Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1904). Sterling Silver Pocket Match Holder [catalogue 1107]. 4 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-042.)

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Design brochure

Rogers Bros. [presumably 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia / ISC.] (1904). Price list. Spoons, forks, knives, etc. 24 pp. (Viewed 8 May 2017. A02395.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1905). The Cloeta flatware pattern [catalogue no. 73]. 10 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-043.)

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Price list

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1905). Revised List Prices of Sterling Silver Hollowware [catalogue no. 75]. 21 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-044.)

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Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Meriden Britannia Co." sub-section including illustration of building (pp. 41-44). 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). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Meriden Britannia Co. management: George Munson Curtis (director) (pp. 308-10 including portrait); George Redfield Curtis (director) (pp. 305-08 including portrait); Isaac Chauncey Lewis (director) (pp. 354-58 including portrait); William W. Lyman (director) (pp. 296-98) including portrait; Horace C. Wilcox (director) (pp. 530-32) including portrait. 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 II). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

(1907). The silver standard: A periodical of 1847 (online), (vol. II & III). [Publication for distributors]. Courtesy Winterthur Library, Delaware. Viewed 29 October 2016. [AAA00395; A01220]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1909). [Illustrated silver-plate catalogue]. Hamilton, ON, 103 leaves. (Updated 20 April 2017. A00616.)

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1909). Revised List Prices Nickel Silver Hollow-ware, Silver Plated. 12 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-046.)

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Advertisement

(11 August 1909). Advertisement: "Silver plate of beauty and enduring quality" (Meriden Britannia / 1847 Rogers Bros. / ISC). Mentions "Catalogue 81-C". The Jewelers’ Circular, v. 59, no. 2, p. 28. (Viewed 3 July 2017. A02740; A02755.)

Missing design brochure / catalogue

1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia / ISC. (c. 1909). [Catalogue 81-C]. (See advertisement mention above. Viewed 3 July 2017. A02740; A02755.)


1910s

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. (“Includes two brochures laid in at rear that describe the Sharon and Salem patterns of silver plate”… “The Meriden Britannia Co. was a part of the International Silver Co.”) [no. 93]. Meriden, CT, 48 pp. (Updated 20 April 2017. A00486.)

Price list reprint

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. [catalogue no. 93]. 48 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry 1671, p. 291), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Updated 20 April 2017. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [18]

Price list reprint

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. [catalogue no. 93]. 48 pp. “Reprint” in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3101). (“Includes two brochures laid in at rear that describe the Sharon and Salem patterns of silver plate”… “The Meriden Britannia Co. was a part of the International Silver Co.”) Also see no. 3012 for a price list that sounds very similar.) (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. (Updated 20 April 2017. A00868; A00889; A00897-900.) [19]

Promotional booklet

Hill, Janet McKenzie. (1910). Cooking and serving en casserole and things we relish [book no. 96]. 48 pp. Meriden, CT: Meriden Britannia Co. / ISC. (Viewed 22 April 2017. AAA00595.)

Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. / International Silver Co. (1910). [A book published by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: for the purpose of setting forth the peculiar excellencies and rare qualities of a new colonial pattern in sterling silver ware called Shirley: in honour of His Majesty’s colonial governour of Massachusetts in 1754] 24 pp. Brown University call no. NK7241.5.S56 A4 1910. Viewed 30 November 2016. [A01285]

1847 Rogers Bros. (c. 1911). [Illustrated catalogues G12, H12, L12, M-12, either featuring or including 1847 Rogers Bros. designs, or used to track advert-related queries]. No copies in lending libraries known to exist. Mentioned in 1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia Co., ISC) advertisements. In Suburban life, v. 13, listed below. Viewed 1 May 2017. [A02341-45]

1847 Rogers Bros. (c. 1911). [Illustrated catalogue M-12, either featuring or including 1847 Rogers Bros. designs, or used to track advert-related queries]. No copy in a lending library known to exist. Mentioned in Advertisement: "Gifts that last", 1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia Co., ISC) (online). In Suburban life, v. 13, December 1911, p. 377. Courtesy Princeton University. Viewed 1 May 2017. [A02341-42]

(July 1911). Advertisement: 1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia Co., ISC) - "Silver plate that wears" (online). [With illustration of Charter Oak pattern spoon.] In Suburban life, v. 13, July 1911, p. 41. Courtesy Princeton University. Viewed 1 May 2017. [A02341; A02344]

(August 1911). Advertisement: 1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia Co., ISC) - "Silver plate that wears" (online). [With illustration of Priscilla pattern spoon.] In Suburban life, v. 13, August 1911, p. 95. Courtesy Princeton University. Viewed 1 May 2017. [A02341; A02343]

(November 1911). Advertisement: 1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia Co., ISC) - "Silver plate that wears" (online). [With illustration of Salem pattern spoon.] In Suburban life, v. 13, November 1911, p. 298. Courtesy Princeton University. Viewed 1 May 2017. [A02341; A02344]

(December 1911). Advertisement: "Gifts that last", 1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia Co., ISC) (online). [With illustration of knife.] In Suburban life, v. 13, December 1911, p. 377. Courtesy Princeton University. Viewed 1 May 2017. [A02341-42]

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1912). Ancien Regime Goldsmiths’ Work. 16 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-048.)

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Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1915). Eighteen forty seven Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 2 May 2017. A02347.)

Meriden Britannia / International Silver Company. (1915). [Panama-Pacific Exposition I.S.Co. Pavilion brochure]. 4 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 19 February 2017. [AAA00570 - 0049]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1916). 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. 26 pp. (Updated 20 April 2017. A01125.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1917). Price List Gold and Silver Plated Church Ornaments [catalogue no. 139]. 32 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-050.)

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(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), vol 3. [On George H. Wilcox, president of International Silver Company, and Horace C. Wilcox (partner, Meriden Britannia; director: Manning, Bowman & Co.; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Rogers Brothers (Waterbury); R. Wallace & Sons (Wallingford); William Rogers Manufacturing Co. (Hartford), (pp. 70-3).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00525; AAA00540-41]

International Silver Co. / (Meriden Britannia). (c. 1917). Advert: "The romance of the silver teaspoon" - 1847 Rogers Bros. Printed location: unknown. Reprinted in: Hogan, Edmund P. (1977), An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Viewed 8 May 2017. [DM]

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), vol 1. [On George Munson Curtis: director, R. Wallace & Sons; treasurer, Meriden Britannia (pp. 374-76 and portrait).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00519; AAA00522-24]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1919?). 1847 Rogers Bros.: spoons, forks, knives, etc. / Meriden Britannia Co. [no. 151] 16 pp. (Updated 20 April 2017. A01126.)

Design catalogue

Mclean, Black & Co., Inc., Boston, wholesale dealers in genuine [presumably 1847] Rogers [Meriden Britannia / ISC] silverware. (191-?). Guaranteed jewelry, watches & diamonds [catalogue no. 22]. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01496.)


1920s

Design catalogue

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (1921, 1924). Eighteen forty seven Rogers Bros. silverplate 1921, 1924. Meriden, CT. (Updated 6 May 2017. A01423.)

Design brochure

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (1922). The "Anniversary" Pattern, 1847 Rogers Bros. 4 pp. (Updated 8 May 2017. A00467; A00958.)

Design brochure

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (1920-25). Anniversary Pattern, 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate (brochure). (Updated 7 May 2017. A00958.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1923). Price List Gold and Silver Plated Ecclesiastical Ornaments as well as Solid Gold and Sterling Silver [catalogue 172]. 36 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. Viewed 18 February 2017. AAA00570-051.)

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Promotional booklet

Cumming, Eileen / Meriden Britannia Co. (Hamilton, ON) / (ISC). (c. 1923). Etiquette, entertaining and good sense. 20 pp. (Viewed 14 June 2016. A00814-15.)

Design brochure

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (c. 1924-29). The mode in modern table decoration. (“Promotional booklet for 1847 Rogers Bros. Silverplate flatware”). 7 unnumbered pages. (Updated 8 May 2017. A00524.)

Price list

International Silver Company. (1926). International Silverplate Hollowware - Factory E [catalogue no. 32; includes Meriden Silver Plate, Nickel Silver and Meriden Britannia]. 176 pp.; 8-page price list. [AAA00570-056]

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Price list

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (1926). 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate schedule of net prices January 1, 1926. 16 pp. (Viewed 6 May 2017. A02392.)

Price list

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (1926). 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate schedule of prices no. 1861 revised to July 1, 1926. 12 pp. (Viewed 6 May 2017. A02391.)

Design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1928 or 1929). Silver plated hollowware / International Silver Co., Factory E (catalog no. 34). Meriden, CT: International Silver Co., 187 pp. [Includes ISC (stamped Meriden Silver Plate Co.), pp. 6-126, with Ile of France Modernist line; ISC (stamped Meriden Britannia), pp. 127-49; and ISC (stamped Forbes Silver Plate Co.), pp. 151-187). (Updated 20 April 2017. A00257; AAA00164-165; A01209. DM.)

Design catalogue

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (c. 1929). Chest and utility tray combinations 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate. 24 pp. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01283; AAA00544. DM.)

Design catalogue

International Silver Company (Meriden Britannia) / 1847 Rogers Bros. (192?). 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplated hollowware (catalogue no. 175). 47 pp. (Updated 8 May 2017. A01212.)

Design catalogue

Luza, Reynaldo / Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (192-). Presenting Silhouette: A new pattern in 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate. ("This portfolio was created and printed in Paris by Draeger for 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate, International Silver Co., Meriden, Conn."—Page [11]. "The drawings are by Reynaldo Luza"—Page [11].) 1 volume, unpaged. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01127.)


1930s

Design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1930, 1931). Eighteen forty seven Rogers Bros. genuine original Rogers silverplate 1930, 1931. Meriden, CT. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01422.)

Design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1931). International silverplate hollowware [catalogue no. 37 of Meriden Silverplate Co.; includes Modernist Vogue and Ile de France lines; pp. 93-5 Meriden Britannia flasks]. Meriden, CT: International Silver Co, Factory E; 96 pp. (Updated 20 April 2017. A00295; AAA00348. DM.)

(1934). William Rogers and his brothers in the silverware industry. The Keystone magazine, (August 1934), 5 pp., and (September 1934), 4 pp. Reprinted in source unknown, possibly International Silver Company promotional material. [Refers to Meriden Britannia; 1847 Rogers Bros.; Rogers & Brother; Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.; Rogers Cutlery; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.; and Wm. Rogers & Son.] Connecticut State Library, Hartford, call no. HD9537.U54 I58 1934 (online). Viewed 9 May 2017. [AAA00598; A02400]

Snow, William G. (1935). The Cowles family in the Turkey Hills District: The Spoonville factory — its predecessors and successors. 2 leaves. (Subjects include: Meriden Britannia Company, International Silver Company, and William Rogers Mfg Co.) Connecticut State Library call no. HD9537.U64 C69 1935 (link to library entry). Updated 28 April 2017. [A00517]

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC / 1847 Rogers Bros.). (193?). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. … 24 pp. (Viewed 8 May 2017. A00617.)


1940s

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (1946?). Silver sales tips today for silver sales records tomorrow. 20 pp. ["Chiefly concerned with 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate."] Duke University library, Durham, NC, call no. HF5439.S49 I584 1946 c.1 (link to library entry). Viewed 8 May 2017. [A02396]

Informational booklet

(Meriden Britannia) / 1847 Rogers Bros. / International Silver Company. (before February 1946). The story of silverplate (no. 144). (Viewed 22 July 2016. A01093.)

Historical information

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Meriden Britannia" mentions, (pp. 52, 68-74, 77, 80, 84-98, 100-04, 106-114, 228-233. 279-82, 319-20, 323, 337). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1950s

Design catalogue

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (1951). Eighteen forty seven Rogers Bros. America’s finest silverplate... Number of pages unknown. (Updated 7 May 2017. A00490.)

Historical information

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Horace C. Wilcox, Rogers brothers, Meriden Britannia Company and Wilcox Silver Plate Co., (pp. 87-91). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00789-90.)


1960s

Promotional booklet

Cindy Haskins. (196?). Table top etiquette. 10 pp. ["1847 Rogers Bros. - America’s finest silverplate" (Meriden Britannia / ISC).] (Viewed 8 May 2017. A02397.)


1970s

Meriden Britannia in 1975 exhibitions

(c. 1975). Forms in metal: 275 years of metalsmithing in America exhibition catalogue. [Exhibition dates: 17 January - 2 March 1975, Finch College Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; 16 March - 20 April 1975, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. (Viewed 17 October 2016. AAA00361.)

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Meriden Britannia", [pp. 15; 16-28; 34; 40; 43; 64; 70; 157; 169 (illustration of MB building, Hamilton, Ontario, undated)]. An American heritage; a book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. (Numerous mentions of Meriden Britannia, numerous photos and illustrations of designs, many reprinted trade catalogue pages showing designs, and illustration (on p. 16) of the company’s booth at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, 1876. An essential reference.) Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). On "The Rogers Brothers" in relations to 1862+ with Meriden Britannia, (pp. 161-70; other mentions in book’s index; including reproduced illustration of William, Asa, and Simeon Rogers and photo of Meriden Britannia building). In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). On "W. W. Lyman" (apprentice to Ashbil Griswold, husband of Ashbil Griswold’s adopted daughter; partner of Curtis and Lyman; director of Meriden Britannia; president of Meriden Cutlery Company; president of Meriden Flint Glass Company) (reproduced illustrations of W. W. Lyman and his wife; Meriden Britannia building and "board"; Lyman fruit jars; patent), (pp. 154-59). In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

Secondary source

Jones, Timothy. (1981). From byways to boardrooms: business organization in the metal tableware industry, 1807-1898. BA thesis, Williams College, Williamstown, MA; 124 pp. (Subjects include Samuel Simpson; Horace Wilcox; Robert Wallace; Wallace Silversmiths). (Updated 21 April 2017. A00334.)

"Meriden Britannia" (pp. 275-77, 453) in Burke, Doreen Bulger et al. In pursuit of beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement (online), (1986). (Book accompanying exhibition; includes extensive primary source-oriented bibliography). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Rizzoli. Viewed 3 July 2016. [A00721; A00724; A00977]

Secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Meriden Britannia, [pp. 36 (illustration), 37, 39 (illustration of building), 40, 41 (photo of tower)]. In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Viewed 29 November 2016. A00804.)


1990s

Meriden Britannia in 1994-95 Texas exhibition

(1994). Back in style: Selections from the McFaddin-Ward House Reserve Collection at Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont (exhibition catalogue). (Dates: 5 February 1994 - 13 March 1995.) (Viewed 15 February 2017. AAA00570-76.)


2000s

Meriden Britannia / 1847 Rogers Bros. in 2005-06 exhibition

Coffin, Sarah D. (c. 2006). Feeding desire: Design and the tools of the table, 1500-2005 exhibition catalogue / book. New York : Assouline, in association with the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. [Exhibition venues: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (5 May - 29 October 2006); COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, Napa, California (26 January - 30 April 2007). (Updated 22 July 2017. A02153; A02775.)


2010s

Secondary source

Franco, Janis Leach. (2010). Reprints: illustration of Meriden Britannia, (p. 11); Meriden Britannia advert (salesrooms: 208 Fifth Avenue, New York; also Chicago, San Francisco, London); illustration / portrait of Horace C. Wilcox, president of Meriden Britannia Company, (p. 13); illustration / portrait of Isaac C. Lewis, president of Meriden Britannia Company, (p. 14); Isaac C. Lewis’s mansion, 189 East Main Street, (p. 14). In: Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (Viewed 15 December 2016. DM.)

Meriden Britannia Co. in 2016-17 exhibition

Green, Nancy and Reed, Christopher (Eds.) JapanAmerica: Points of contact, 1876-1970 (exhibition catalogue). [Exhibitions at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (27 August - 18 December 2016) and Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (12 February - 21 May 2017). (Updated 22 January 2017. A01431-33; AAA00551-55.)


n. d.

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (undated). Hotel Silver – Silver Service for Hotels, Steam Ships, Restaurants etc. 4 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2017. AAA00570-045.)

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Design catalogue

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (undated). 1847 Rogers Bros. Wm. Rogers & Son Hollowware. [Contains: 1847 "First Love", "Lincoln", "Modern Colonial", "Neptune", Arcadia", Marquis", "Legacy"; WmR&S-"York", "Shelley", "Guild".] 98 pp. (Viewed 20 February 2017. AAA00570-065.)

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Design catalogue

International Silver Company / (Meriden Britannia). (19—?). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc., book no. 70. 61 pp. [Some tears and water damage.] (Updated 7 May 2017. A01449; C00014-37.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (19xx). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros.: Spoons, forks, knives, etc., and a few choice places in tea sets, trays, meat dishes, candelabra, etc., made only by the successors to Rogers Bros. Meriden, CT; 47 pp. (Updated 7 May 2007. A01448; A01453.)

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (undated). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. 90 pp. (Viewed 1 August 2016. C00014-15.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. n.d M561p.

Price list

Meriden Britannia Company. (undated). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Co. 85 pp. (Viewed 1 August 2016. C00014-16.)

* Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. Fox 974.62 M651mb.

Design brochure

Meriden Britannia Co. (undated). Meriden Britannia Co., finest electro silver plated ware. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 1 August 2016. A01124.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia. (undated). Communion ware book, no. 78. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 10 May 2016. A00614.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Britannia / (ISC). (undated). Catalogue of ecclesiastical gold and silver plate and sterling silver [catalogue no. 184]. (Viewed 10 May 2016. A00615.)

Design catalogue

Otto Young & Co. (undated). [Trade catalogs on jewelers’ merchandise : silverplated ware, clocks and watches, watch crystals, jewelry, pens and pencils, leather goods, stationery, umbrellas, eyeglasses and lenses, opticians’ sundries and instruments, watchmakers’ and jewelers’ equipment and supplies ... ] [Includes illustrated price list. Includes products from various manufacturers including [presumably 1847] Rogers Bros. / (Meriden Britannia)]. (Updated 7 May 2017. A01427.)

Map

(Undated). Meriden Britannia Company - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)


Footnote

[1] See: Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 20). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (At the time, Meriden Britannia bought candlesticks, kettle ears, lanterns and oil cans, etc. from the Edward Miller Company.) University of Connecticut library, Storrs, CT, barcode no. B2433175 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [A02239]

[2] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2 (online), (entry no. 3098, p. 91). 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00868; A00889] (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.)

[3] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980 (online). [Entry no. 1664, p. 290]. Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 19 June 2016.

[4] See footnote no 3. Entry no. 1665, p. 290. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[5] See footnote no. 2. Entry no. 3099, p. 91. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889]

[6] See footnote no. 3. Entry no. 1666, p. 290. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[7] See footnote no. 3. Entry no. 1668, p. 291. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[8] See footnote no. 3. Entry no. 1667, p. 290. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[9] See footnote no. 3. Entry no. 1669, p. 291. Viewed 2 May 2016. [A00518-19]

[10] Ibid.

[11] See "Catalogue List, 1889-1897", volume 35. International Silver Company records, 1853-1931. (This document lists out the Meriden Britannia catalogues by number and year, and lists the recipients.) The dating for this catalogue is 1891. (As of 21 June 2016, the CHS has this catalogue dated as “n.d.”.) UCONN – barcode B2445255. Viewed 21 June 2016. [A00937-02]

[12] May, Earl Chapin. (1947). A century of silver 1847-1947, (p. 368-69). Robert M. McBride & Company: New York. (Viewed 15 March 2017. DM.)

[13] The dating for this catalogue is 1893. (As of 21 June 2016, Harvard has this catalogue dated as 18uu.) Viewed 21 June 2016. [A00937-05]

[14] Catalogue List, 1889-1897, volume 35. International Silver Company records, 1853-1931. (This document lists out the Meriden Britannia catalogues by number and year, and lists the recipients. Catalogue no. 43 is listed as "Sept 1895". This entry was updated in 2016 to 1895 based on primary source documentation received by Design Meriden.) See "Catalogue List 1889-1897", vol. 35: A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921 (link to library entry) Updated 23 April 2016. [A01123]

[15] See footnote no. 3. Entry no. 1671, p. 291. In the microfiche, the dating is c. 1890. This entry was updated in 2016 to 1895 based on primary source documentation that Design Meriden forwarded from the University of Connecticut to the Winterthur library. See footnote 13. Updated 4 January 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[16] See footnote no. 2. Entry 3100, p. 91. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889]

[17] See footnote 13. A catalogue 50 is listed with date Sept. 1897.

[18] See footnote no. 3. Entry no. 1671, p. 291. [A00518; A00904]

[19] See footnote no. 2. Entry 3101, p. 91. (Also see entry 3102.) Updated 4 January 2016. [A00868; A00889]



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