Meriden Bronze Co. historical information (2016)

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"MERIDEN BRONZE CO. (THE)
President, A. H. Jones; Secretary and Treasurer, W. E. Gard. Manufacturers of Piano, Banquet and Table Lamps, Brass Tables, Cabinets, Music Racks, Easels, etc. Our Productions are always the latest in Style and Finish; Sole Manufacturers of the Meriden Central Draft Lamp, which has no superior. New York Salesroom, 30 Park Place; Salesroom, Office and Factories, Meriden, Conn."

— 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). (See entry below.)


Meriden Bronze Co. (1884 - c. 1901) design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1880s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1884-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 5 March 2018.)

1887 - patent - lamp-standard

William Patzer, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (15 November 1887; filed 18 April 1887). Letters patent no. 373,303; serial no. 235,139: Lamp-standard. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01083.)

1887 - patent - lamp-standard

William Patzer, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (15 November 1887; filed 18 April 1887). Letters patent no. 373,304; serial no. 235,140: Lamp-standard. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01084.)

1888 - patent - lamp-standard

William Patzer, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (21 August 1888; filed 11 July 1887). Letters patent no. 388,218; serial no. 243,934: Lamp-standard. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01085.)

1888 - patent - extension lamp fixture

Eugene H. Peck, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (4 September 1888; filed 21 May 1888). Letters patent no. 389,005, serial no. 274,467: Extension lamp fixture (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01086.)

1889 - patent - central-draft lamp

John C. Miller, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (8 January 1889; filed 28 May 1888). Letters patent no. 395,912; serial no. 275,280: Central-draft lamp. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01477.)

1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition at Meriden opera house

(1889). Meriden Journal Souvenir [leather-bound booklet containing a list of the manufactories contributing to the exhibition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, 10 October 1889, and other companies in Meriden], 4 pp. (Viewed 13 September 2018. L00763; L00765-68).

"Meriden Bronze Co., art bronze and brass goods, cabinet hardware and lamps." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are thought not to be in the exhibition. For exhibition details, see Historical Meriden-area design exhibitions & expositions list.)


1889 - patent - lamp-standard

John C. Miller and Augustus H. Jones, assignors to Meriden Bronze Company. (29 January 1889; filed 13 August 1888). Letters patent no. 396,946; serial no. 282,522: Lamp-standard. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01087.)

1889 - patent - metal table

Eugene H. Peck and Augustus H. Jones, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (19 February 1889; filed 26 November 1888). Letters patent no. 398,182; serial no. 291,882: Metal table. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01476).

1889 - patent - drawer-pull

Eugene H. Peck, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (24 February 1889; filed 24 December 1883). Letters patent no. 398,183; serial no. 294,528: Drawer-pull. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01477).

1889 - patent - call-bell

Eugene H. Peck, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (14 May 1889; filed 16 April 1888). Letters patent no. 403,286; serial no. 270,849: Call-bell. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01478.)

1889 - patent - central draft lamp

John C. Miller, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (21 May 1889; filed 17 December 1888). Letters patent no. 403,768; serial no. 293,820: Central draft lamp. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01088.)

1889 - patent - standard lamp

John C. Miller, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (16 July 1889; filed 17 September 1888). Letters patent no. 407,100; serial no. 285,569: Standard lamp. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01089.)

1889 - patent - central draft lamp

Eugene H. Peck, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (30 July 1889; filed 4 February 1889). Letters patent no. 408,135; serial no. 298,609: Central-draft lamp. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01090.)

1889 - patent - wick-raiser for central draft lamps

John C. Miller, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (12 November 1889; filed 13 May 1889). Letters patent no. 414,948; serial no. 310,548: Wick-raiser for central draft lamps. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01091.)


1890s

1890 - patent - hanging lamp

John C. Miller, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (11 February 1890; filed 25 March 1889). Letters patent no. 421,184; serial no. 304,635: Hanging lamp. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01092.)

1890 - patent - hanging lamp

Augustus H. Jones, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (1 April 1890; filed 24 May 1889). Patent no. 424,714; serial no. 311,994: Hanging lamp. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01102.)

1890 - patent - fount-holder for central-draft lamps

John C. Miller, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (24 June 1890; filed 5 March 1890.) Letters patent no. 430,871; serial no. 342,705: Fount-holder for central-draft lamps. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01103.)

c. 1890 - design brochure

Meriden Bronze Co. (c. 1890). Black’s new incandescent vapor lamp: For brilliant and economical lighting purposes. 1 folded sheet (24 pp.) Meriden, CT. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00694.)

1891 - historical information

(1891). On "The Meriden Bronze Company", (p. 160). In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01543; A01555-56.)

"The New York salesrooms of the company are at No. 30 Park Place."


1891 - historical information

Spalding, J. A. (1891). On "Augustus H. Jones", President of Meriden Bronze Company. In Illustrated popular biography of Connecticut, p. 332. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, Conn. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA001601-02.)

1891 - advertisement

Meriden Bronze Co. (2 January 1891). Advertisement: "The Meriden Bronze Co., Manufacturers of Chandeliers and Lamps, Artistic Brass Goods, Cabinet Hardware, Furniture Trimmings, Tea, Call and Hotel Bells..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, column 2. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00220).

1891 - patent - extensible standard for piano-lamps

Nis Johnson, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (9 June 1891; filed 17 July 1890). Letters patent no. 453,865; serial no. 359,032: Extensible standard for piano-lamps. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01104.)

1891 - patent - wick-raiser for central-draft lamps

John C. Miller, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (21 July 1891; filed 16 February 1891). Letters patent no. 456,334; serial no. 381,694: Wick-raiser for central-draft lamps. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01479.)

1892 - patent - central-draft lamp

Augustus H. Jones, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (7 June 1892; filed 9 November 1891). Letters patent no. 476,541; serial no. 411,336: Central-draft lamp. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01105.)

1892 - patent - design for a table-top

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (19 July 1892; filed 20 June 1982). Design patent no. 21,722; serial no. 437,381: Design for a table-top. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01081.)

1892 - patent - design for a holder for lamp-founts

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (19 July 1892; filed 20 June 1892). Design patent no. 21,723; serial no. 437,382. Design for a holder for lamp-founts. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA010 .)

1892 - patent - design for a table-top

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (2 August 1892; filed 29 June 1892). Design no. 21,750; serial no. 438,466: Design for a table-top. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01481.)

1892 - patent - design for a table-top

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (2 August 1892; filed 29 June 1892). Design no. 21,751; serial no. 438,467: Design for a table-top. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01486.)

1892 - patent - design for a lamp

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (27 September 1892; filed 1 August 1892). Design no. 21,871; serial no. 441,877: Design for a lamp. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01487.)

1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Meriden Bronze Co.", [p. 211 (see excerpt above)]. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00691; A00693.)

1893 - patent - filling-indicator

Nis Johnson, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (21 November 1893; filed 2 August 1893). Letters patent no. 509,170; serial no. 482,139: Filling-indicator. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01496).

1894 - patent - design for a slab for table-tops

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (10 April 1894; filed 5 March 1894). Design no. 23,180; serial no. 502,447: Design for a slab for table-tops. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01488.)

1894 - patent - design for a slab for table-tops

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (17 April 1894; filed 5 March 1894). Design no. 23,202; serial no. 502,448: Design for a slab for table-tops. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01489.)

1894 - patent - design for a slab for table-tops

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (17 April 1894; filed 5 March 1894). Design no. 23,203; serial no. 502,449: Design for a slab for table-tops. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01490.)

1894 - patent - design for a slab for table-tops

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (17 April 1894; filed 5 March 1894). Design no. 23,204; serial no. 502,450: Design for a slab for table-tops. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01491.)

1894 - patent - design for a slab for table-tops

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (17 April 1894; filed 5 March 1894). Design no. 23,205; serial no. 502,451: Design for a slab for table-tops. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01492.)

1894 - patent - design for a lamp-fount

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (15 May 1894; filed March 1894). Design no. 23,276, serial no. 502,452: Design for a lamp-fount. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01493.)

1894 - patent - design for a base for lamps

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (6 November 1894; filed 9 October 1894). Design no. 23,777; serial no. 525,436: Design for a base for lamps. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01494.)

1894 - patent - design for a lamp-fount holder

, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (6 November 1894; filed 9 October 1894). Design no. 23,778; serial no. 525,437: Design for a lamp-fount holder. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01495.)

1895 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). On "Meriden Bronze Company", (p. 36, with illustration of building), 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 12 June 2016. A00787-88.)

"MERIDEN BRONZE CO.: The manufacture of lamps has recently made Meriden more famous than perhaps any other branch of its diversified product. The Meriden Bronze Company... has won its full share of fame... The company’s catalogue shows a marvel of artisanship, and contains an innumerable quantity of styles in the goods made... the New York salesrooms are at 30 Park Place." (excerpt from text above)


1895 - news mention

(12 August 1895). Meriden’s factories [including mention of Meriden Bronze Company as the 16th largest factory in Meriden]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00517-18).

1895 - patent - wick-adjusting device for central-draft lamps

Augustus H. Jones, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (18 June 1895; filed 4 February 1895). Letters patent no. 541,281; serial no. 537,189: Wick-adjusting device for central-draft lamps. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01497.)

1895 - patent - design for a base for lamps

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,604; serial no. 556,822: Design for a base for lamps. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01550.)

1895 - patent - design for a base for lamps

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,605; serial no. 556,323: Design for a base for lamps. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01560.)

1895 - patent - design for a base for lamps

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,606; serial no. 556.824: Design for a base for lamps. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01561.)

1895 - patent - design for a base for lamps

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,607; serial no. 556,825: Design for a base for lamps. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01589.)

1895 - patent - design for a base for lamps

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,608; serial no. 556,826: Design for a base for lamps. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01590.)

1895 - patent - design for a base for lamps

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,609; serial no. 556,327: Design for a base for lamps. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01591.)

1895 - patent - design for a base for lamps

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,610; serial no. 556,828: Design for a base for lamps. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01592.)

1895 - patent - design for a lamp-fount holder

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,611; serial no. 556,829: Design for a lamp-fount holder. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01593.)

1895 - patent - design for a lamp-fount holder

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,612; serial no. 556,830: Design for a lamp-fount holder. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01595.)

1895 - patent - design for a lamp-fount holder

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,613; serial no. 556,831: Design for a lamp-fount holder. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01594.)

1895 - patent - design for a lamp-fount holder

Franz Yokel, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (20 August 1895; filed 22 July 1895). Design no. 24,614; serial no. 556,832: Design for a lamp-fount holder. (Viewed 25 March 2018. AAA01596.)

1896 - map

(1896). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 2 showing triangle building between Britannia Street and North Colony and the Meriden Bronze Co.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 32 leaves. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01515-16.)

1896 - advertisement

Glenny’s, presumably Rochester, NY. (10 November 1896). Advertisement: "Lamps... New improved Meriden bronze burner..." [with lamp illustration]. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, p. 14, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01029).

1896 - patent - lamp-burner

Joseph C. Shull, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (4 February 1896; filed 20 November 1893). Letters patent no. 554,038; serial no. 491,454: Lamp-burner. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01480.)

1896 - patent - wick-adjusting device for central-draft lamps

Augustus H. Jones, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (18 February 1896; filed 1 April 1895). Letters patent no. 554,935; serial no. 544,003: Wick-adjusting device for central-draft lamps. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01106.)

1896 - patent - lamp-burner

Augustus H. Jones, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (18 February 1896; filed 22 July 1895). Letters patent no. 554,936; serial no. 556,668: Lamp-burner. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01597.)

1896 - patent - central-draft lamp

Nis Johnson and Augustus H. Jones, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (14 July 1896). Letters patent no. 564,017; serial no. 482,597: Central-draft lamp. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01598.)

1896 - patent - wick-adjuster for central-draft lamps

Nis Johnson, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (14 July 1896; filed 27 November 1893). Letters patent no. 564,018; serial no. 492,125: Wick-adjuster for central-draft lamps. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01599.)

1896 - patent - wick-adjuster for central-draft lamps

Nis Johnson, assignor to Meriden Bronze Company. (15 December 1896; filed 27 November 1893). Letters patent no. 573,223; serial no. 492,126: Wick-adjuster for central-draft lamps. (Viewed 27 March 2018. AAA01600.)

c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Meriden Bronze Company", (p. 930-31). 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; A02633.)


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1900s

1900 - news mention

(June 1900). News mention: "The National Bank of Norwalk has filed a petition in court... Meriden Bronze Company..." House Furnishing Review, p. 327. (Viewed 11 October 2017. G01076).

1900 - news mention

(June 1900). News mention: "H. Wales Lines has been appointed permanent receiver of the Meriden Bronze Company..." House Furnishing Review, p. 343. (Viewed 11 October 2017. G01077.)

1900 - news mention

(June 1900). News mention: "The New York office of the Meriden Bronze Company, now in the hands of a receiver..." House Furnishing Review, p. 354. (Viewed 11 October 2017. G01078.)

1906 - newspaper article

(17 January 1906). Bought by Bergen; Cut glass company closes deal for Meriden Bronze shop. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 10 October 1906. AAA00673.)

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

1906 - news mention

(1 February 1906). News mention: "The J. D. Bergen Co. has purchased the Meriden, Conn., Bronze Co’s factory and will remove its cut glass plant to that building before April 1. The Bergen Co’s present quarters have been bought by the International Silver Co." Crockery & Glass Journal, p. 32. (Viewed 9 October 2017. G01235.)


1970s

1978 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (April 1978). 19th century call bells in silverplate. Spinning Wheel, pp. 16-17+. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00698.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: 8 call bells from 1861 catalogue; 3 figural call bells from their 1878 catalogue; 18 call bells from their 1886 catalogue;
> Also, Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company; Derby Silver Company; Meriden Bronze Company; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Middletown Plate Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.


1980s

1980 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Meriden Bronze Company" mention, [pp. 23 (call bells, as possible supplier to Meriden area silver companies). In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


2000s

2005 - secondary source

D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (2005). On "Meriden Bronze Company", (p. 54). In Brass menagerie: Metalwork of the aesthetic movement. Utica, NY: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00692.)


n. d.

Secondary source

The lampworks website. (undated). The Meriden Bronze Company (informational web page). (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00695.)