Meriden Cutlery Co. design catalogues and historical documentation (2016)

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"MERIDEN CUTLERY COMPANY
Among the many manufacturers of cutlery in this country the Meriden Cutlery Company ranks with the largest, and from the great variety and superior quality of the goods made it has attained a national and almost a world-wide reputation... The company’s factories are in the pretty suburban village of South Meriden, just outside the city limits... In 1855 the Meriden Cutlery Company was formed by these gentlemen with $75,000 capital, and Julius Pratt was chosen President and D.N. Ropes secretary and treasurer... Their New York office is at 80 Chambers street. "

— Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895 pp. 42-3. (See entry below.)



Meriden Cutlery Company design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1850s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1855-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

1856 - price list

Meriden Cutlery Company. (1856). [Price list]. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00995)

1858 - price list

Meriden Cutlery Company. (1858). [Price list]. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00995.)


1860s

1864 - historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1864). On "Meriden Cutlery Company", (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]

"Meriden Cutlery Company, [in 1860] employed 126 hands and manufactured to the amount of $167,000" (excerpt from above).


1865 - Meriden Cutlery in American Institute fair

(1866). Annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York for the years 1865, ’66. Albany: C. Wendell, Printers. [Exhibitors include "Meriden Cutlery Company, No. 45 Beckman street, [award] for beautiful specimens of table cutlery. Silver medal", (p. 39).] (Viewed 5 June 2017. A02596-97.)

> Exhibited unspecified designs by Meriden Cutlery Company.

1865 - six advertisements

Meriden Cutlery Company, 45 Beckman St. New York. (October - December 1865). Advertisement: "Meriden Cutlery Company..." [with no illustrations]. The Charleston Daily News (Charleston, SC), presumably p. 6, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00473-78).

1865 - patent - improvement in machinery for grinding knives

William Fosket, assignor to Meriden Cutlery Company. (26 December 1865). Letters patent no. 51,779: Improvement in machinery for grinding knives. (Viewed 10 March 2018. AAA01076.)

1866 - eight advertisements

Meriden Cutlery Company, 45 Beckman St. New York. (January - April 1866). Advertisement: "Meriden Cutlery Company..." [with no illustrations]. The Charleston Daily News (Charleston, SC). (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00914-21).


1867 advertisements

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1867 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Company. (20 April 1867). Advertisement: "Meriden Cutlery Company... Hard Rubber Handle..." [with no illustrations]. New York Tribune, p. 8, col. 6. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00484).

1867 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Company. (11 May 1867). Advertisement: "Meriden Cutlery Company... Hard Rubber Handle..." [with no illustrations]. The Bolivar Bulletin (Bolivar, Tennessee), presumably p. 2, col. 4. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00485).

1867 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Company, New York. (21 May 1867). Advertisement: "... Table Cutlery, Of Pearl, Ivory, Horn, Bone, Ebony and Cocoa Handles... Hard Rubber Handles... " [with no illustrations]. Long Island Farmer (Jamaica, Queens County, New York), presumably p. 7, col. 4. (Viewed 20 October 2018. B01137).

1867 - two advertisements

Meriden Cutlery Company, New York. (December 1867). Advertisement: "... Manufactures of Superior Table Cutlery, Of Pearl, Ivory, Horn, Bone, Ebony and Cocoa Handles. Also, exclusive manufacturers of the patent Hard Rubber Handle..." [with no illustrations]. The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, NY). (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01066-67).

1867 - advertisement

(26 December 1867). Advertisement: "... Table Cutlery, Of Pearl, Ivory, Horn, Bone, Ebony and Cocoa Handles... Hard Rubber Handles... " [with no illustrations]. Sag Harbor Express (Sag Harbor, New York), presumably p. 4, col. 5. (Viewed 20 October 2018. B01138).



1868 - two advertisements

Meriden Cutlery Company, New York. (3-4 January 1868). Advertisement: "... Manufactures of Superior Table Cutlery, Of Pearl, Ivory, Horn, Bone, Ebony and Cocoa Handles. Also, exclusive manufacturers of the patent Hard Rubber Handle..." [with no illustrations]. The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, NY). (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01064-65).

1868 - patent - improved apparatus for grinding cutlery

William Fosket, assignor to Meriden Cutlery Company. (11 February 1868). Letters patent no. 74,214: Improved apparatus for grinding cutlery. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA001080.)

1868 - historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden", mentions Meriden Cutlery 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.)

1868? - historical information

Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors. (1868?). "Julius Pratt vs. the Meriden Cutlery Company". In "Connecticut Supreme court of errors, record of cases on appeal, 1868". (Viewed 21 May 2016. A00678.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical manufacturers of cutlery and silver from the Meriden area. Go to the historical Meriden design overview page and scroll down to section B: "International Silver Company, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".



1870s

1870 - historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Meriden Cutlery Company", (pp. 487-89). 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.) (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)

1870 - Meriden Cutlery in American Institute fair

(1871). Thirty-first annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1870-71. [Exhibitors (p. 27) include: "Meriden Cutlery Company, 45 Beckman street, [award] for the best table cutlery. First premium".] (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02588-89.)

1870 - news mention

(17 December 1870). City [section]; Grand Opening Tuesday, The 20th— For Christmas Goods consisting of... Meriden Cutlery... Van Tuyl & McCagg’s 46 & 48 Brady street, Davenport, Iowa." The Evening Argus (Rock Island, Illinois), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00483).

1871 - Meriden Cutlery in American Institute fair

(1872). Thirty-second annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1871-72. [Exhibitors (p. 28) include Meriden Cutlery Company.] Albany: The Argus Company, Printers. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02586-87.)

1871 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Company. (16 December 1871). Advertisement: "... "Meriden Cutlery Company... Hard Rubber Handle..." [no illustrations]. New York Tribune, p. 12, col. 2. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00482).

1874 - news mention

(19 December 1874) Saint Nick’s Directory [including small section on Meriden Cutlery Company]. New York Daily Tribune, presumably p. 4, col. 5. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00479).

"MERIDEN CUTLERY; For the carving of Christmas flesh and fowl and for the furnishing forth of holiday tables the manufactures of the Meriden Cutlery Company, at no. 43 Chambers-st., merit attention at this time. This Company claims to have been the first to use hard-rubber handles, and its cutlery is well known for honest worth." (Full excerpt from above.)



1874 advertisements

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1874 - advertisement

(1 October 1874). Advertisement: "Table knives and forks of all kinds... Meriden Cutlery Company..." [with illustration of knife]. Mineral Point Tribune (Mineral Point, Wisconsin), presumably p. 7, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00481).

1874 - advertisement

(4 November 1874). Advertisement: "Table knives and forks of all kinds... Meriden Cutlery Company..." [with illustration of knife]. Watertown Republican (Watertown, Wisconsin), presumably p. 7, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00480).



1875 - advertisement

(1875). Advertisement: Meriden Cutlery - "Table knives and forks of all kinds..." (with illustration of knife). Tribune Almanac, p. 145. The Tribune Association: New York. (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02986-87).

1876 - Meriden Cutlery in Philadelphia exhibition

(1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [Listed: Meriden Cutlery Co., (p. 54). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.] (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

1876 - Meriden Cutlery in Philadelphia exhibition

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia. [Core section: pp. 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; exhibitors including Meriden Cutlery Company]. (Viewed 26 June 2016. A00965-75.)

1876 - advertisement

(1876). Advertisement: Meriden Cutlery Company. ["49 Chambers Street, New York", with illustration of knife.] In Philadelphia and its environs (Centennial edition), p. 11 (advertiser section). J. B. Lippincott & Co.: Philadelphia. (Viewed 7 May 2018. AAA02984-85).

1876 - patent - improvement in carving-forks

Edwin Cady, assignor to Meriden Cutlery Company. (5 December 1876; filed 6 November 1876). Letters patent no. 185,074: Improvement in carving-forks. (9 March 2018. AAA01058.)


1878 patents

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1878 - patent - improvement in carving-forks

Edwin Cady, assignor to Meriden Cutlery Company. (7 May 1878; application filed 19 April 1878). Letters patent no. 203,415: improvement in carving-forks. (Viewed 13 March 2018. AAA01110.)

1878 - patent - improvement in carving-forks

Robert W. Hallam, assignor to Meriden Cutlery Company. (7 May 1878; filed 19 April 1878). Letters patent no. 203,445: Improvement in carving-forks. (Viewed 7 March 2018. AAA01013.)

1878 - patent - improvement in table-cutlery

Edwin Cady, assignor to Meriden Cutlery Company. (21 May 1878; filed 1 May 1878). Letters Patent No. 204,002: Improvement in table-cutlery. (Viewed 7 March 2018. AAA01012.)



1879 - illustration of buildings

Bolles, Alfred S. (1879). Illustration of buildings, Meriden Cultery Company, in chapter III "Manufactures of gold, silver and other metals". Industrial history of the United States, (p. 334). The Henry Bill Publishing Company: Norwich, CT. (Viewed 2 December 2017. G01752-54.)



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1880s

1881 - illustration of buildings

Porter, Wils (lithographer). (1881). Illustration of Meriden Cutlery Co. In Meriden, Conn. 1881 / From Summit Heights. [print (lithograph)]. B. S. Farrow (Publisher). (Object no. 1973.0498.004. Viewed 3 June 2017. A02584-85.)

1883 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (13 November 1883). Advertisement: "The Meriden Cutlery Co., The FIRST Manufacturers of Table Cutlery..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00264).

1884 - map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 9 showing Meriden Cutlery Co. in South Meriden). 14 leaves. Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)

1886 - news mention

(May 1886). Obituary: Denis C. Wilcox, Secretary of the Meriden Britannia Company [with also mention of Meriden Cutlery Company]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, pp. 126-27. (Viewed 6 September 2018. C00272-73.)


1886 advertisements

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1886 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (4 February 1886). Advertisement: "The Meriden Cutlery Co., The FIRST Manufacturers of Table Cutlery..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00231).

1886 - advertisement

I. Lewis Row, Wilmington, DE. (28 May 1886). Advertisement: "... Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." Daily Republican (Wilmington, Delaware), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01037).



1887 - design catalogue

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1887). "Table cutlery". Number of pages unknown. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00679)

1888 - advertisement

I. Lewis Row, Wilmington, DE. (13 October 1888). Advertisement: "... carving knives and forks by Meriden Cutlery Co. ... " Daily Republican (Wilmington, Delaware), presumably p. 4, col. 7. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01038).

1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition - Meriden Cutlery Co. 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 Cutlery Co., table cutlery of all kinds." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are reported to be in the exhibition.)


1889 - spotlighted article - Meriden Cutlery Co. in Meriden opera house exhibition

(10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [including section on Meriden Cutlery Co. exhibited wares]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00751-59).

"The Meriden Cutlery company displayed a line of fine plated table and dessert knives and carvers, nut picks and crackers, fruit knives, etc., with pearl, ivory, celluloid, stag, solid steel and hollow handle steel in handsome plush cases, making them up in plain and combination sets. One set especially handsome consisted of a dozen pearl handled table knives and dessert knives, a set of carvers, a pair of games (29 pieces in all) in a plush case. In addition to this they exhibited specimens of their cheaper grades of goods with Cocobala, ebony, bone and rubber handles, butcher knives, etc. Visitors from the west coast saw, in the goods with cocobula handles, material from their own countries worked up into handsomely finished articles. With the limited space it was impossible to give more than a hint of their extensive line of cutlery."



1889 other articles

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1889 - news mention - in Meriden opera house exposition

(10 October 1889). Our guests: Honored visitors here to-day [including small section describing exhibited Meriden Cutlery Co. wares]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00769-83).

"The exhibit of this company was a very fine one and showed the table cutlery of all kinds made by them. It occupied about the center of a long table adjoining the Meriden Britannia company’s exhibit." (Full excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention - in Meriden opera house exposition

(10 October 1889). Notes of the visit: Meriden’s enterprise on this occasion praised by all [including mention of Meriden Cutlery Company, with excerpts from New Haven Register and Hartford Post]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00781-83).

1889 - article - Meriden Cutlery Co. in Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). Compliments for Meriden: What outsiders say about her enterprise [with excerpts from Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, New York Herald, and New York Tribune. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1. [Article does not specifically mention Meriden Cutlery Co.] (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00747-50).

1889 - news mention - Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). The show photographed: Fine pictures of the Opera House exhibit made. ["The best of them will be forwarded to Frank Leslie’s paper— what the state and New York press has to say about Meriden", with excerpts from Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, New York Herald, New York Tribune, Waterbury Republican, with no specific mention of Meriden Cutlery Co.]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00785-89).

1889 - news mention - Meriden opera house exhibition

(November 1889). Trade gossip (including paragraph about exposition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, including mention of Meriden Cutlery Co., and attendance by the American International Congress). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 113. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00760-61.)



1890s

1890? - design catalogue

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1890?). [Catalogue of] Table cutlery. 37 pp. (Viewed 21 May 2016. [C00014-05)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 974.62 M651mc.

1890 - two advertisements

Abrams & Stewart, Second Street, presumably Dalles, Oregon. (December 1890). Advertisement: "... Meriden Cutlery... " The Dalles Weekly Chronicle (Dalles, Oregon). (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00512-13).

1891 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (2 January 1891). Advertisement: "The Meriden Cutlery Co., The FIRST Manufacturer of Table Cutlery..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, column 2. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00220).

1892 - news mention

(29 December 1892). News of the hotels [with quote from C. M. Dillon of the Meriden Cutlery Company regarding increased usage of inexpensive cutlery]. Grand Rapids Herald (Michigan), presumably p. 4, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00515-16).

c. 1893 - design catalogue (missing)

Meriden Cutlery Company. (c. 1893). [Catalogue no. 6]. (Number of pages unknown. No copy known to be in a public library. Viewed 8 May 2018. G02091-92).

1893 - eight advertisements

Meriden Cutlery Company. (January-February 1893). Advertisements: "Send for catalogue no. 6. Just issued..." (with illustration of knife). The Iron Age. (Viewed 8 May 2018. G02091-98; G02516-17; G02521-26).

1894 - patent - cap for knives or forks

Homer A. Curtiss, assignor to Meriden Cutlery Company. (12 June 1894; filed 9 March 1894). Design no. 23,345: Cap for knives or forks. (Viewed 7 March 2018. AAA01011.)

1895 - design catalogue

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1895). Illustrated catalogue no. 8, of table cutlery in pearl, stag, etc. 39 plates. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00994)

1895 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, pp. 42-3 [including illustration of factory]. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00787-88.)

1895 - news mention

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

1895 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1 March 1895). Advertisement: "The Meriden Cutlery Co., Table Cutlery..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00235).

c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (c. 1897). On "Meriden Cutlery Company", (p. 929). 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; A02631.)


1897 advertisements

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1897 - advertisement

Rexford’s, 303 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, Pennsylvania. (4 February 1897). Advertisement: "... Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." The Scranton Tribune (Pennsylvania), p. 3, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00519).

1897 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery. (6 April 1897). Advertisement: "The Meriden Cutlery Co., Table Cutlery..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00247.)

1897 - advertisement

Curran’s, presumably Waterbury, CT. (30 September 1897). Advertisement: "... Meriden Cutlery Co, High Grade Wares... " Waterbury Democrat (Connecticut), presumably p. 4, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00520-21).



1898 advertisements

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1898 - advertisement

Emmons S. Smith, Washington, DC. (25 January 1898). Advertisement: "... Cutlery Specials ... Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 7, col. 3. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00522-23).

1898 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (3 March 1898). Advertisement: "The Meriden Cutlery Co., Table Cutlery..." The Morning Record, (Meriden, CT), p. 2, column 6. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00269.)

1898 - advertisement

Frederick Loeser & Co., Brooklyn, NY. (20 March 1898). Advertisement: "... Meriden Cutlery Stag Handle Carvers... " [with no illustrations]. The Sun (New York), p. 10, col 2. (Viewed 9 October 2018. B00853-54).

1898 - advertisement

Joseph H. Bauland Co., Brooklyn, NY. (16 October 1898). Advertisement: "... Fine Meriden Cutlery... " [with no relevant illustrations]. The Sun (New York), p. 8, col. 5-7. (Viewed 9 October 2018. B00855-56).



1899 advertisements

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1899 - advertisement

Millar & Peck, presumably Scranton, PA. (7 September 1899). Advertisement: "... Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. The Scranton Tribune (Pennsylvania), p. 6, col. 6-7. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00524-25).

1899 - advertisement

Curran’s, presumably Waterbury, CT. (18 December 1899). Advertisement: "... Carving Knives and Forks... Meriden Cutlery Co. ...." [with no illustrations]. Waterbury Evening Democrat (Connecticut), presumably p. 4, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00522-23).



1900s

1900 advertisements

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1900 - advertisement

Saks and Company, Washington, DC. (2 February 1900). Advertisement: "... Very Special Offering Table Cutlery... Meriden Cutlery Co. ... " [with no relevant illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 2, col. 4-5. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00535-36).

1900 - advertisement

Meyer’s, presumably Richmond, VA. (5 August 1900). Advertisement: "... End-of-Season House Goods Sale... Meriden Cutlery Company... " [with no relevant illustrations]. The Times (Richmond, Virginia), presumably p. 9, col. 3. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00533-34).



1901 advertisements

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1901 - two advertisements

J. H. Leyson, presumably Butte, Montana. (7 June, 10 June 1901). Advertisement: "Leyson will inaugurate ... Meriden Cutlery Co. ... " [with no illustrations]. Butte Inter Mountain (Butte, Montana). (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00537-38).

1901 - advertisement

J. H. Leyson, presumably Butte, Montana. (11 June 1901). Advertisement: "Special Cut Price Sale... Meriden Cutlery Co. ... " [with no illustrations]. Butte Inter Mountain (Butte, Montana), p. 5, cols. 4-6. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00542-43).

1901 - advertisement

J. H. Leyson, presumably Butte, Montana. (14 June 1901). Advertisement: "Your last opportunity... Meriden Cutlery Co. ... " [with no illustrations]. Butte Inter Mountain (Butte, Montana), p. 5, cols. 4-6. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00540-41).



1902 advertisements

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1902 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (6 March 1902). Advertisement: "The Meriden Cutlery Co., Table Cutlery..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 6. (G00239).

1902 - advertisement

Goodfellow’s, presumably Minneapolis. (21 November 1902). Advertisement: "... Carving Knife and Fork... Meriden Cutlery Co. ... Carving Sets ..." [with presumably no relevant illustrations]. The Minneapolis Journal, p. 2, col. 5. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00531-32).



1903 - advertisement

Siegel Cooper Co., New York. (2 November 1903). Advertisement: "... Cutlery. Meriden Cutlery’s Co. ... " The Evening World (New York), p. 9, cols. 4-6. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00526-27).

1905 - advertisement

Tufts-Lyon Arms Company, presumably Los Angeles. (29 November 1905). Advertisement: "Carving sets ... Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." Los Angeles Herald, p. 2, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00530).

1906 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Meriden Cutlery Co.", including photo of building, (pp. 23-25). 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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

"When the company was first started, the production was limited to ivory-handled knives and forks, but the line has gradually increased until it has embraced everything that would naturally come under the head of table cutlery. These include table knives and forks, carving sets, butcher, bread, cook’s, kitchen and shoe knives, putty knives, spatulas, cork screws, pie knives, orange knives, berry spoons, orange spoons, cream ladles, sugar shells, oyster forks, pickle forks, cheese scoops, etc., their specialty being the famous Anvil brand carvers." (Excerpt from above.)


1906 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Meriden Cutlery Co. management: Abiram Chamberlain (director) (pp. 442-44 including portrait); Aaron L. Collins (President) (pp. 274-76 including portrait); Edward J. Collins (President) (pp. 276-78 including portrait); William W. Lyman (President) (pp. 296-98) including portrait; Charles Lee Rockwell (director) (pp. 537-39 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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)


1906 advertisements

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1906 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1906) Advertisement: "Meriden Cutlery Co., Manufacturers of Fine Table Cutlery...", (p. 46). In The Connecticut business directory and gazetteer for 1906. Union Publishing Company: Methuen, MA. (Viewed 17 September 2017. G00442.)

1906 - advertisement

Gerson’s, presumably Pensacola, Florida. (25 November 1906). Advertisement: "... Our Carving Sets are of the Best Steel only. Meriden Cutlery Co. ... " [with no relevant illustrations]. The Pensacola Journal (Florida), second section, presumably p. 15, cols. 5-7. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00529).



1907 - advertisement

G. W. Ellis Jewelry Co., Butler, Missouri. (12 December 1907). Advertisement: "’Anvil Brand’ carvers are made only by Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." [with illustration showing two knives and fork]. The Butler Weekly Times (Butler, Missouri), presumably p. 7, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00528).

1908 - spotlighted article - list of Meriden Cutlery Co. sales regions

(January 1908). Meriden Cutlery Co., list of sales regions (Boston; New England and New York State; Pennsylvania; Ohio, Indiana, Michigan; Chicago and North-West; Mississippi River to Colorado; Pacific Coast; Southern States). In "What was that salesman’s name?", House Furnishing Review, January 1908, p. 49. Viewed 29 April 2017. [A02315-16]


1910s

1910 articles

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1910 - news mention

(4 October 1910). Effects of drouth [drought] at Meriden [with mention of Meriden Cutlery Company]. Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut), presumably p. 12, col. 2. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00492).

"The drouth [drought] has been so persistent that about half the operatives in the Meriden Cutlery company’s plant in South Meriden are out of work and unless rain arrives soon the entire plant may shut down. The water in Hanover pond is very low and only one wheel is running at the shop, in place of the usual two wheels." (Full excerpt from above.)


1910 - news mention

(17 October 1910). Brief state news - Meriden [with mention of the Meriden Cutlery Company]. Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut), p. 6, col. 5. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00493).

"With an abundance of orders and plenty of men ready to work, the Meriden Cutlery company can operate only about half of its plant in S[o]uth Meriden on account of the drouth [drought]." (Full excerpt from above.)




1910 advertisements

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1910 - advertisement

Bloomingdales (New York, Paris, London, Berlin). (1910). Advert: "Meriden Cutlery Co.; Manufacturers of Fine Table Cutlery; Anne Brand Carvers; For Sale by Bloomingdale Brothers" (p. 185). In Bloomingdales Bros. catalogue and diary 1910 New York City. (Viewed 22 July 2016. [A01094-95.)

1910 - three advertisements

Keckonen Hardware, Calumet, Michigan. (November 1910). Advertisement: "... a set of Meriden Cutlery Company’s carvers... " [with no relevant illustrations]. The Calumet News (Calumet, Michigan). (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00486-88).



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1911 - news mention

(16 May 1911). Ex-Governor Chamberlain; former executive dies after a long illness with mention: "... He was identified with... the Meriden Cutlery company..." Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut), p. 1, col. 4. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00508-09).

1911 - news mention

(16 May 1911). Death takes ex-governor [with mention of the Meriden Cutlery Company]. The Bridgeport Evening Farmer (Connecticut), p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00510-11).



1911 advertisements

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1911 - two advertisements

Meriden Cutlery Co. (16 February 1911). Advertisement: "Meriden Cutlery Co., Factories, Meriden, Conn..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 1 and p. 7, column 1. (Viewed 12 September 2017. G00248; G00251.)

1911 - advertisement

Nathan-Dohrmann Co., Geary and Stockton Sts, Union Square, San Francisco. (25 November 1911). Advertisement: "Carving sets for Thanksgiving... Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." The San Francisco Call, presumably p. 26, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00490).



1913 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (23 January 1913). Advertisement: "Meriden Cutlery Co., Factories, Meriden, Conn..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 8, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00254.)


1914 advertisements

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1914 - advertisement

Schell-Demple Furn. Co., 613-615 Main Street, Keokuk, Iowa. (22 November 1914). Advertisement: "... Call for the ’Anvil Brand’ made by Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." [with illustration of cutlery in a case]. The Daily Gate City (Keokuk, Iowa), p. 2, cols 6-7. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00494-95).

1914 - four advertisements

A. Munson & Son, presumably Medina, Ohio. (December 1914). Advertisement: "... An Immense Line of Holiday Goods ... Carving Sets, In the famous Meriden Cutlery..." The Medina Sentinel (Medina, Ohio). (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00496-500).



1916 articles

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1916 - news mention

(22 January 1916). Action brought against Meriden Cutlery Company; Wyoming Cutlery Co. of Wilkesbarre claims Meriden concern cause their manager to bread his contract. Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut), p. 1, col. 3. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00505).

1916 - news mention

(18 February 1916). [News mention of Meriden Cutlery Co.] Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut), presumably p. 9, col 7. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00506).

"Meriden — Homer A. Curtiss, former president of the Meriden Cutlery company, has gone to the Landers, Frary & Clark company of New Britain." (Full excerpt from above.)





1916 advertisements

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1916 - advertisement

The Stone-Fisher Co., Tacoma and Everett, Washington. (8 May 1916). Advertisement: "... Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." The Tacoma Times (Washington), p. 8. cols. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00501-02).

1916 - advertisement

Meriden Cutlery Co. (17 May 1916). Advertisement: "Meriden Cutlery Co., Factories, Meriden, Conn. ..." Meriden Morning Record, p. 9, column 2. (Viewed 15 September 2017. G00410.)



1916 - patent - design for a handle for knives, forks, or similar articles

Frederick M. Spencer, assignor to Meriden Cutlery Company. (18 January 1916; filed 8 May 1915). Design no. 48,476; serial no. 26,917: Design for a handle for knives, forks, or similar articles. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01657.)

1917 - advertisement

Dulin & Martin Co., Washington, DC. (7 November 1917). Advertisement: "We recommend... Meriden Cutlery [Co.] ... " Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 13, col. 2-3. (Viewed 26 September 2018. B00491).

1917 - secondary source

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 1. [On Abiram Chamberlain: director, Meriden Cutlery Company; director, Edward Miller & Co. (pp. 269-71 and portrait).] (Viewed 27 November 2016. AAA00519-21.)

1918 - map

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including illustration of Meriden Cutlery Co., South Meriden.] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 21 July 2016. A01020-21).

1919 - design catalogue

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1919). Anvil brand table cutlery [catalogue 19]. 48 pp. (Viewed 21 May 2016. C00014-70.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. Q974.62 m651mc 1919?.

1919 - advertisement

The Palais Royal, Washington, DC. (23 November 1919). Advertisement: [below "Special Sale of Sterling Silver Flat Ware"] "... Meriden Cutlery ..." Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 21, col. 3. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00503-04).


1920s

1920 - advertisement

Palais Royal, Washington, DC. (30 March 1920). Advertisement: "... Table Silverware... Meriden Cutlery Co. ..." [with illustrations not clearly identified as designs by the company]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p, 10, col 1. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00507).


n. d.

n. d. - map

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

n. d. - two advertisements

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Two graphics / probably advertisements (for knives with rubber handles). (Printed source unknown.) (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02634. DM.)


1940s

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Meriden Cutlery Company"" mention (p. 79, see below). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)

"By 1860, the Meriden Cutlery Company, with 167 hands, was turning out $167,000 worth of goods a year." (Excerpt from above.)


1980s

1980 - 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 19 April 2017. DM.)

1988 - secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Meriden Cutlery Company, (p. 37). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00804. DM.)


2000s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Meriden Cutlery Co.", (p. 158). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 15 August 2017. A02933a,b.)



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