Meriden Cut Glass Company designs in collections and exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information

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The Meriden Cut Glass Company was founded in 1895 as a unit of the Meriden Silver Plate Co., which was later acquired by the International Silver Company and became a company division [in 1898]. [1]

"[The Meriden Cut Glass Company was an] outgrowth of [the] Meriden Silver Plate Co. glass cutting department. [They] manufactured high grade lines of cut glass tableware, vases, lamps, sugar and creamers, decanters, punch bowls and many other items cut in beautiful designs. Also [they produced] copperwheel work of excellent quality.

[The] Meriden Cut Glass Company joined [the] International Silver Co. in 1898. Frank H. Cushing was [the] manager for a great many years. Thomas Shanley came to [the] Meriden Cut Glass Co. from Honesdale, Pa. as a designer [in] about 1895. A number of his designs were patented. The factory closed after the first World War." [Full excerpt concerning MCGC in Nolan (October 1967 below); to learn about the "company" move to the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. site in c. 1898, see Noland (15 August 1963) article excerpt below.]


A. Meriden Cut Glass Company designs in collections (by year)


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1890s

1895 - punch bowl on stand

Meriden Cut Glass Company / (Meriden Silver Plate Co.). (1895). Punch bowl on stand. (Accession no. M.91.320.6. Viewed 16 March 2016. A00108.)



The Meriden Cut Glass Company became part of the International Silver Company in 1898. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the Meriden Cut Glass Company division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).



1898-1904 - cigar or tobacco jar

Meriden Cut Glass Co. / Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / (ISC). (1898-1904). Cigar or tobacco jar. Rich-cut, glass cut in thumbprint and striated notched design. Silver cover in ball bead design. Bottom has 24 raystar cut design. (Accession no. 2001.006.008AB. Viewed 8 June 2016. A00755-03.)

  • Offline - Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.

c. 1898-1923 - goblet

Meriden Cut Glass Company / (ISC). (c. 1898-1923). Goblet "Meriden Star". Colorless glass. (Accession no. 2004.4.24. Viewed 25 March 2016. B00039.)


1900s

1909 - rose bowl

Gustave F. Ekdahl (cutter) for Meriden Cut Glass Company/ ISC. (1909). Rose bowl. Colorless, red lead glass; blown, cut. (Accession no. 98.4.169. Viewed 25 March 2016. B00038.)


1910s

1911-23- vase

Meriden Cut Glass Company / (ISC). (1911-23). Vase. Colorless glass. (Accession No: 2006.4.266. Viewed 25 March 2016. B00040.)

c. 1915 - vase, Alhambra pattern

Thomas A. Stanley for Meriden Cut Glass Co. / ISC. (c. 1915). Cut glass vase, Alhambra pattern. Object no. 1979.112.00. Viewed 26 July 2018. C00151).


n. d.

n. d. - bowl

Possibly Meriden Cut Glass Co. (undated). Bowl with silver cover. (Accession no. 69.008.0177. Viewed 8 June 2016. A00755-06.)

  • Offline - Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.


B. Meriden Cut Glass Company designs in exhibitions


1910s

1913 - 57th annual glass manufacturers’ exhibit, Pittsburgh

2 - c. 31 January 1913. 57th annual glass manufacturers’ exhibit, Fort Pitt Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA.

> Meriden Cut Glass Co. [/ International Silver Co.] exhibited their new ’Sorosis’ pattern and a number of novelties.

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.

1915 - Panama-Pacific Exposition (presumably)

20 February - 4 December 1915. Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco.

> Presumably unspecified designs exhibited by Meriden Cut Glass Co. / International Silver Co.

  • For documentation, see design catalogues and historical information section below.



See other exhibitions noted as including unspecified International Silver Company designs (1898-present). At this developing research point, Meriden Cut Glass Co. designs could have been exhibited in some of these exhibitions.



C. Meriden Cut Glass Company design catalogues and historical information


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1890s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1895-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 20 April 2019.)

1896 - map

(1896). Insurance maps of Meriden, New Haven Co., Connecticut, (p. 7, Map 4, corner of North Colony and Cross; Meriden Cut Glass Company was apparently founded as a unit of Meriden Silver Plate Company in 1895). 32 leaves. Sanborn-Perris Map Co. (22 November 2016. AAA00500-01.)

1899 - article

(25 December 1899). Going to Meriden [one-paragraph article with mention of Barbour Silver Company and Meriden Silver Plate Company (/International Silver Co.)]. Hartford Courant, p. 9. (Viewed 19 October 2018. D00318).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

"The plant of the Barbour Silver Company... is being transferred from [Hartford] to Meriden. It will occupy the building on Cross street, formerly used by the cut glass department of the old Meriden Silver Plate Company... " (Excerpt from above.)


1899 - advertisement

International Silver Co. (7 December 1899). Advertisement: "... Makers of Gold and Silver Plate; Rich Cut Glass, Etc. Successor to Meriden Britannia Co., Meriden Silver Plate Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others ... General Offices, Meriden, Conn. Branches: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hamilton, Ont." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 24 June 2020. L01485).


1900s

1900 advertisements

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1900 - advertisement

International Silver Co. (5 April 1900). Advertisement: "... Makers of Gold and Silver Plate; Rich Cut Glass, Etc. Successor to Meriden Britannia Co., Meriden Silver Plate Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others ... General Offices, Meriden, Conn. Branches: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hamilton, Ont." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 24 June 2020. L01496).

1900 - advertisement

Wm. Hengerer Co., Buffalo, NY. (23 April 1900). Advertisement: "Housekeeping hints... Rich Cut Glassware... [presumably] Meriden Cut Glass [Co. / International Silver Co.]... " [with no illustration]. Buffalo Evening News (Buffalo, New York), p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 19 June 2020. L01424-25).

1900 - advertisement

International Silver Co. (13 September 1900). Advertisement: "... Makers of Gold and Silver Plate; Rich Cut Glass, Etc. Successor to Meriden Britannia Co., Meriden Silver Plate Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others ... General Offices, Meriden, Conn. Branches: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hamilton, Ont." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 27 June 2020. F01239).

1900 - advertisement

International Silver Co. (22 November 1900). Advertisement: "... Makers of Gold and Silver Plate; Rich Cut Glass, Etc. Successor to Barbour Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., Meriden Silver Plate Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others ... General Offices, Meriden, Conn. Branches: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hamilton, Ont." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 7, col. 6. (Viewed 26 June 2020. F01227).



1901 advertisements

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1901 - advertisement

International Silver Co. (7 March 1901). Advertisement: "... Makers of Gold and Silver Plate; Rich Cut Glass, Etc. Successor to Barbour Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., Meriden Silver Plate Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others ... General Offices, Meriden, Conn. Branches: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hamilton, Ont." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 7, col. 6. (Viewed 27 June 2020. F01260).

1901 - advertisement

International Silver Co. (5 September 1901). Advertisement: "... Makers of Gold and Silver Plate; Rich Cut Glass, Etc. Successor to Barbour Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., Meriden Silver Plate Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others ... General Offices, Meriden, Conn. Branches: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hamilton, Ont." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 28 June 2020. F01261).

1901 - advertisement

International Silver Co. (12 December 1901). Advertisement: "... Makers of Gold and Silver Plate; Rich Cut Glass, Etc. Successor to Barbour Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., Meriden Silver Plate Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others ... General Offices, Meriden, Conn. Branches: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hamilton, Ont." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 2 or 3, col. 7. (Viewed 24 June 2020. L01484).



1902 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (6 March 1902). Advertisement: "International Silver Co., Silversmiths, Successor to Barbour Silver Co.; Meriden Britannia Co.; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 6. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00238).


1903 advertisements

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1903 - 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.)

1903 - advertisement

Rogers’ Store, Gloversville, NY. (6 February 1903). Advertisement: "A tip to you... special sale high grade cut glass ... Meriden Cut Glass Co. [/ International Silver Co.] [with no product illustration]. Gloversville Daily Leader (Gloversville, New York), p. 7, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 19 June 2020. L01426-27).

  • Online - fultonhistory.com. (Search the archive, "Gloversville NY Daily Leader 1903 Grayscale - 0238", and scroll down for the link.)

1903 - four advertisements

International Silver Company. (March-June 1903). Advertisements: "... Makers of Wares in 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., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co., Middletown Plate Co. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01154; G01159; .)



1904 - advertisement

J. N. Adam & Co., presumably Buffalo, NY. (c. 1 December 1904). Advertisement: "... Friday Bargains of the Christmas Time... [presumably] ’Meriden’ Cut Glass [Co. / International Silver Co.] water bottles— brilliant,sparkling cut glass... " [with no illustrations]. Buffalo Courier (Buffalo, New York), p. 14, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 19 June 2020. L01428).


1905 advertisements

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1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (4 October 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Meriden Cut Glass Co.; with illustration of glass design]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 27. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00386.)

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (18 October 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [with illustration of glass design; Meriden Cut Glass Co. was an ISC company.] The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 33. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00395).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (25 October 1905). Advertisement [including listing of Meriden Cut Glass Co.; with product illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 33. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00399).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 November 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Meriden Cut Glass Co.; with illustration of glass design]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 31. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00253).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (8 November 1905). Advertisement: "... Many new and seasonable goods..." [includes listing of Meriden Cut Glass Co.; no illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 37. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00257).



1906 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (14 June 1906). Advertisement: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling Silver, Gold and Silver Plate and Rich Cut Glass, Salesrooms[:] Meriden, New York, Chicago, San Francisco... Meriden Cut Glass Co." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 23 October 2018. B01192).

1909 - advertisement

G. W. Fairchild & Sons, Bridgeport, CT. (7 June 1909). Advertisement: "The lowest price house of Connecticut for high quality goods... [International Silver Co. /] Meriden Cut Glass [Co.] ..." [with no illustrations]. Bridgeport Evening Farmer, p. 4. (Viewed 17 September 2018. B00310).

1909 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 September 1909). Advertisement: "Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Cut Glass... Factories: The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., 1847 Rogers Bros., Rogers & Brother; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 31. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00475.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical glass companies from the Meriden area listed on the historical Meriden design overview page. Scroll down to section C: "Other featured companies". Please note that many of the listed historical silver companies also at times included glass in their designs.



1910s

1913 - news mention - Meriden Cut Glass Co. / ISC in Pittsburgh exposition

(16 January 1913). Roster of the January exhibition (57th annual glass manufacturerers’ exhibit [2 - c. 31 January 1913] with mention: "Fort Pitt Hotel [, Pittsburgh] ... Meriden [Cut] Glass Co. [/ International Silver Co.] ... [representative] C H Israel... ") Crockery & Glass Journal, p. 21D. (Viewed 27 June 2019. E00890-91).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.
  • For exhibition dates, see: offline - (3 January 1913). Glass manufacturers open exhibit here. Pittsburgh Gazette Times, p. 7. See worldcat.org for locations.

1913 - spotlighted news mention - Meriden Cut Glass Co. / ISC in Pittsburgh exposition

(23 January 1913). The exposition at Pittsburgh [57th annual glass manufacturerers’ exhibit (2 - c. 31 January 1913) with mention: "Charles H. Israel is showing the new ’Sorosis’ pattern of the Meriden Cut Glass Co. [International Silver Co.]— a combination floral and mitre cutting. The line of novelties is a long one."]. Crockery & Glass Journal, pp. 13-15. (Viewed 27 June 2019. D00452; E00890).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.
  • For exhibition dates, see: offline - (3 January 1913). Glass manufacturers open exhibit here. Pittsburgh Gazette Times, p. 7. See worldcat.org for locations.

1913 - news mention

(17 July 1913). News mention: "Chas. Israel, with the Meriden Cut Glass Co. [/ International Silver Company], arrived home from Europe..." Crockery & Glass Journal, p. 17. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01186.)

1915 - spotlighted advertisement - Meriden Cut Glass Co. presumably in Panama-Pacific Exposition

International Silver Company. (1 March 1915). Advertisement: "The International Silver Co. invite the trade to visit their exhibit at the Panama-Pacific Exposition [20 February - 4 December 1915] Varied Industries Building, Section Fifteen... Meriden Cut Glass Co. ... " [with illustration presumably of ISC’s architectural booth display]. Hardware Dealers’ Magazine, unknown page number. (Viewed 30 April 2020. D00860).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations.

c. 1918 - catalogue (copy)

Presumably Meriden Cut Glass Co. / International Silver Co. (c. 1918). [Meriden Cut Glass Company catalog]. Over 170 pages. (Viewed 3 May 2020. H01299-1320).

c. 1918 - catalogue (master copy)

Presumably Meriden Cut Glass Co. / International Silver Co. (c. 1918). [Meriden Cut Glass Company catalog]. [Official title unknown, binder on side tagged as "Complete catalog 1910-1918"]. Over 170 pages. [For citation, see Paul S. Butkus’s online article, March 2019, listed below]. (Viewed 3 May 2020. H01297).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

c. 1918 - design catalogue reprint

Meriden Cut Glass Co. / (ISC). (c. 1918.) “Meriden Cut Glass Company [c. 1918 catalog]”. 2004 Reprint in Brilliant cut glass catalogs : Pitkin & Brooks, Higgins & Seiter, Burley & Tyrrell, Meriden, Rob Smith (editor). Various pagings. Leawood, KS: V-R Information Systems. ("The Meriden catalog is dated to about 1918. The page prior to the Meriden catalog has an index of Meriden patterns in the catalog; pages after the Meriden catalog are titled ’Meriden catalog fragments, condensed by Paul Miles.’ It is unclear what fragments were indexed.") (Updated 17 April 2017. A00656.)

c. 1918 - design catalogue reprint

Meriden Cut Glass Co. / (ISC). (c. 1918.) “Meriden Cut Glass Company. (c. 1918 catalog)”. In c. 2006 Brilliant cut glass catalogs: Pitkin & Brooks 1902-03, Meriden 1918, Quaker City 1910, Higgins & Seiter 1895-96, Fischer 1918. 379 pp. Leanwood, Kansas: V-R Information Systems. ["Additional company information on individual cut glass firms in Meriden follows (pp. 266-275)".] (Updated 17 April 2017. A00657.)

1919 - advertisement

Bush Terminal Sales Building, New York. (23 April 1919). Advertisement: "A beacon of light for retailers... Here a vast assortment of American and foreign products... Meriden Cut Glass Co. ... International Silver Co. ... Room 1922 ... " [with no product illustrations]. New York Times, p. 25, col. 3. (Viewed 30 April 2020. H01274).

  • Online - fultonhistory.com. (Search the archive, "New York NY Times 1919 Apr 16-30 Grayscale (274)", and scroll down for the link.)


1950s

1950 - book mention

Daniel, Dorothy. (1950). Meriden Cut Glass Co. mentions, (pp. 161 & 385). In Cut and engraved glass, 1771-1905: The collectors’ guide to American wares. Barrows. (Unconfirmed. Viewed 8 August 2020. AAA0613; L01960).


1960s

1963 - article mention

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (15 August 1963). Skilled workmen from many lands made Meriden center of glass cutting industry at turn of century. The Morning Record, (p. 12 & 23). [Mentions J. D. Bergen Co.; Meriden Cut Glass Co. / Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Meriden Flint Glass Co.; C. F. Monroe; J. J. Niland Co.; Silver City Cut Glass Co.] (Updated 23 June 2020. AAA00614. DM.)

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

"Meriden Cut Glass Co. was part of the Meriden Silver Plate Co., which was established in 1870. Besides their lines of silverplated hollowware were cutters of glass from the time the company was formed.

Their early lines of these goods consisted of copper wheel engraved common caster bottles and richly cut caster bottles, pickle and berry dishes. Later lines included salt and pepper shakers, cruets, napkin rings, sugar dredgers, etc.

About 1895, when they started cutting a line of tableware, and it was deemed advisable to market it under a separate name and that of the ’Meriden Cut Glass Co.’was adopted.

The firm became part of the newly formed International Silver Company in 1898, and was known as Factory ’T’, moved out of the building occupied by the Meriden Silver Plate Co. on Colony St. at Cross St. and into the Wilcox Silverplate [sic] Co. building on Pratt St. at Myrtle St.

... Operations of the plant was continued until about 1915, when the shortage of good glass made it necessary to close." (Excerpt in full of Meriden Cut Glass Co. article section.)


1965 - book mention

Revi, Albert Christian. (1965). Meriden Cut Glass Co. mentions, (pp. 9, 93+, 469). In American cut and engraved glass. Nelson. (Unconfirmed. Viewed 8 August 2020. AAA0613; L01962).

1967 - unpublished document

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (October 1967). Early glass craftsmen in Meriden. Unpublished document: summaries of company activities including "Meriden Silver Plate Company" [See excerpt at the top of this webpage]. 4 pp. (Updated 4 August 2017. AAA00632.)

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


1970s

c. 1974 - secondary source

Revi, Albert Christian (Ed.). (c. 1974). Spinning wheel’s collectible glass. 158 pp. [See sub-entry: “International Silver Company (Meriden Cut Glass Company; Wilcox Silver Plate Company” listed in survey book context.] Castle Books: Secaucus, NJ. (Viewed 17 April 2017. A02236.)


2000s

c. 2006 - secondary source

Nolan, Mollie C. (c. 2006). "History of the glass cutting industry in Meriden at the turn of the twentieth century", (pp. 247-65). In c. 2006 Brilliant cut glass catalogs: Pitkin & Brooks 1902-03, Meriden 1918, Quaker City 1910, Higgins & Seiter 1895-96, Fischer 1918. 379 pp. Leanwood, Kansas: V-R Information Systems. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00657.)


2010s

2014 - newsletter article

Mitchell, Bruce. (June 2014). The Meriden glass industry: A brief history [including mention of International Silver Company (and related firms)]. Museum of Connecticut Glass website. (Viewed 3 May 2020. H01231).

2019 - newsletter article

Butkus, Paul S. (April 2019). News from the archives: Meriden Cut Glass Company & "Fanned Hobsters". [In short, the famed copy of the c. 1918 "Meriden Cut Glass Company catalog" on the cutglass.org website is from a master copy held in the Meriden Historical Society archive.] [Four illustrations, one showing 8 and 10-pointed Hobnail Star.] Meriden Historical Society online newsletter. (Viewed 3 May 2020. H01297).


Footnote:
[1] See Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass (link to library entry). (See appendix: Meriden Glass Companies). Charleston, SC: The History Press. (ISBN 978.1.61423.833.1). Also see Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver, page 354. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press.] Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00666; A00696]