Meriden Bronze Co. design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 24 May 2016 | Updated 23 December 2016

Meriden Bronze Co. (1884 - ca. 1901) design catalogues, other primary source information, patents and key secondary sources [1]

A. Meriden Bronze Co. design catalogues and other primary source information

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Meriden Bronze Co. (c. 1890). Black’s new incandescent vapor lamp: For brilliant and economical lighting purposes. 1 folded sheet (24 pp.) Meriden, CT. Atheneum of Philadelphia barcode no. 31814000461118. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00694]

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. (1893). "Meriden Bronze Co." (page 211). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. [UCONN - G1240 .H8 1893]. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00691; A00693]

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(1884-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

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(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 11 showing area between Britannia Street and North Colony and the Meriden Bronze Co.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 21 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00008]. For other maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

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."

— Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895) - Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 36. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 12 June 2016. [A00787-88]. (For more accounts, Meriden-area history books online.)

B. Meriden Bronze Co. - patents

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Meriden Bronze Co. (undated). 36 patents (bottom of the page). The lampworks website. Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00695]

C. Meriden Bronze Co. - key secondary sources

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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. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [DM]

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D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (2005). "Meriden Bronze Company". In Brass menagerie: Metalwork of the aesthetic movement. Utica, NY: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. (ISBN: 0915895293), page 54. [A00692]

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The lampworks website. (undated). "The Meriden Bronze Company (webpage). Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00695]

[1] Regarding "active 1832-1957", see D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (2005). Brass menagerie: Metalwork of the aesthetic movement. Utica, NY: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. (ISBN: 0915895293), page 54. [A00692]

This compilation is currently in development. We are compiling scattered resources across North America and beyond with the goal of identifying a complete set. This initiative aims to enable more productive research and facilitate new discoveries. If you know of original documentation not listed above, please contact artdesigncafe.