Meriden Cut Glass Company designs, design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 15 May 2016 | Updated 16 April 2018


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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).]


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.)


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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 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 18 October 2017.)

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.)


1900s

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 - 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; .)



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

(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.)

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.)


1960s

1963 - secondary source

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.] (Viewed 2 August 2017. AAA00614. DM.)

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

1967 - secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (October 1967). Early glass craftsmen in Meriden. Unpublished document: summaries of company activities including "Meriden Silver Plate Company". 4 pp. (Updated 4 August 2017. AAA00632.)

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

"Outgrowth of Meriden Silver Plate Co. glass cutting department. 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 copperwheel work of excellent quality.

Meriden Cut Glass Company joined group International Silver Co. in 1898.

Frank H. Cushing was manager for a great many years. Thomas Shanley came to Meriden Cut Glass Co. from Honesdale, PA as a designer about 1895. A number of his designs were patented.

The factory closed after the first World War." (Full excerpt from above.)


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.)


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]