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

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Meriden Cutlery Co. design catalogues (1855- ) and other historical documentation



"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, p. 42-3 [including illustration of factory]. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00787-88].



A. Meriden Cutlery Co. design catalogues

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Meriden Cutlery Company. (1856). [Price list]. Number of pages unknown. Cornell University call no. Archives 1066. Viewed 26 June 2016. [A00995]

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Meriden Cutlery Company. (1858). [Price list]. Number of pages unknown. Cornell University call no. Archives 1066. Viewed 26 June 2016. [A00995]

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Meriden Cutlery Co. (1887). “Table cutlery”. Number of pages unknown. University of Virginia call no. TS199 .A5 H34 no.35. Viewed 21 May 2016. [A00679]

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Meriden Cutlery Co. (1890?). [Catalogue of] Table cutlery. 37 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 974.62 M651mc – offline. Viewed 21 May 2016. [C00014-05]

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Meriden Cutlery Co. (1895). Illustrated catalogue no. 8, of table cutlery in pearl, stag, etc. 39 plates. Brown University call no Box 442 No. 39. Viewed 26 June 2016. [A00994]

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Meriden Cutlery Co. (1919). Anvil brand table cutlery [catalogue 19]. 48 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. Q974.62 m651mc 1919? – offline. Viewed 21 May 2016. [C00014-70]



B. Other Meriden Cutlery Co. historical documentation

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

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Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden" (Mentions Meriden Cutlery Company), (pp. 424- 426). A history of American manufactures from 1608-1860 (3rd edition, revised and enlarged). 643 pp. Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. Courtesy of University of Michigan Viewed 15 June 2016. [A00816-18] For more historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors. (1868?). "Connecticut Supreme court of errors, record of cases on appeal, 1868". New Haven; 150 pp. (includes: “Julius Pratt vs. the Meriden Cutlery Company”). Boston University Law Libraries – no call no. (See worldcat.org for more locations.) Viewed 21 May 2016. [A00678]

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Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Meriden Cutlery Company" section (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.) 1086 pp. Courtesy University of California Libaries. Meriden: Published by the author. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00793-94]

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

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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). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN 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."

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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). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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Bloomingdales (New York, Paris, London, Berlin). (1910). Bloomingdales Bros. catalogue and diary 1910 New York City. [Advert: “Meriden Cutlery Co.; Manufacturers of Fine Table Cutlery; Anne Brand Carvers; For Sale by Bloomingdale Brothers” (page 185).] 256 pp. Viewed 22 July 2016. [A01094-95]

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(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 1. [On Abiram Chamberlain: director, Meriden Cutlery Company; director, Edward Miller & Co. (pp. 269-71 and portrait).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 27 November 2016. [AAA00519-21]

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(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including illustration of Meriden Cutlery Co., South Meriden.] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Viewed 21 July 2016. [A01020-21]. (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

B. Other Meriden Cutlery Co. historical documentation

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Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Meriden Cutlery Company, (p. 37). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. Yale University call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize. (See worldcat.org for more locations.) Viewed 29 November 2016. [A00804]



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