Meriden Cutlery Co. designs in collections, at auction, and in expositions (2016)

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Meriden Cutlery Company


A. Meriden Cutlery Co. designs in collections (by year)


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1850s

1855 - dinner knife

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1855). Dinner knife. Bone, silver. (Accession no. 1971.1100. Viewed 21 July 2016. A01089.)

1855 - four knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1855). Four knives. Silver plate, ivory. (Object ID nos. 1969.005.116.1-.4 Viewed 18 July 2018. G02938-42).

  • Photos - New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord: knife 1; 2; 3; 4.

1855 - knife

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1855). Knife. Metal, bone. (Cat. no. 2007.0856. Viewed 19 July 2018. G02995-96).

1855 - four butter knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1855). Four butter knives. Ivory, metal. (Cat. no. 2007.0417.1-.4. Viewed 19 July 2018. A03074-81).

  • Photos - Little Compton Historical Society, Little Compton, Rhode Island: knife 1; 2; 3; 4.

c. 1855 - six knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (c. 1855). Six knives. [Object ID no. H.6226.2.A(-.2.F). Viewed 11 August 2018. L00013-18].

1855 - two knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1855). Two knives with bone handles. Steel, bone, silver plate. (Accession nos. H.1971.128.5-6. Viewed 10 June 2017. A02657-58.)

c. 1855 - fruit knife set

Meriden Cutlery Co. (c. 1855). Fruit knife set. Steel, silver plate, mother-of-pearl. (Accession no. 76.144.39-A, B, C, D, E, F,G, H, I, J, K, L. Viewed 14 May 2017. A02436.)

c. 1855 - fruit knife set

Meriden Cutlery Co. (c. 1855). Fruit knife set (12 knives). Steel, silver plate, mother-of-pearl. (Accession no. 76.144.40. Viewed 10 April 2017. A02119.)

1855-65 - nine table knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1855-65). Nine table knives. [Object ID no. 73.160.2(-.9), 73.160.12. Viewed 4 August 2018. H00290-98].

1855-75 - three knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1850-75). Three knives. Silver-plated steel with ivory handles. (Accession nos. 73.420A-C. Viewed 13 November 2016. AAA00426-22.)

  • Offline - Newark Museum, NJ.

1855-1900 - Five forks, six knives

Meriden Cutlery Company. (1855-1900). Five dinner forks, six dinner knives. Bone, metal. (Object nos. H 11421.001-11. Viewed 30 June 2018. A03018-20).


1860s

1860-80 - pair of knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1860-80). Pair of knives. Steel, ivory. (Accession nos. 85.29.6 a,b. Viewed 10 April 2017. A02103.)

c. 1867 - six knives

Meriden Cutlery Company. (c. 1867). Six knives. (Cat. no. 75-40-5a. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02386).



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1870s

1870-1900 - flatware set

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1870-1900). Flatware set. Wood, steel, bone. (Accession no. 72.47.3F-I . Viewed 14 May 2017. A02142.)

1875-1900 - set of 15 butter knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1875-1900). Set of 15 butter knives. (Accession no. 76.144.41. Viewed 10 April 2017. A02108.)


1900s

c. 1900 - four dinner forks

Meriden Cutlery Company. (c. 1900). Four dinner forks. Ivory, metal. (Accession nos. H 11433.001-04. Viewed 7 September 2017. G00210-13.)

1900-24 - dinner knife

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1900-24). Dinner knife. Bone. (Accession no. 1969.19081. Viewed 21 July 2016. A01090.)


1910s

1910 - three knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1910). Three knives with bone handle. Bone, steel. (Accession nos. H.1995.34.11-13. Viewed 10 June 2017. A02665-67>)

c. 1910 - six knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (c. 1910). Six knives. (Accession no. 1995.117-152.1-6. (Viewed 6 April 2017. A01913-18.)



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".



n. d.

n. d. - butter knife

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Butter knife. (Cat. no. 2012.4.061. Viewed 18 July 2018. G02936-37).

19th c. - three dinner knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (19th century). Three dinner knives. Metal, wood. (2007.0548.1-.3. Viewed 19 July 2018. A03058-63).

  • Photos - Little Compton Historical Society, Little Compton, Rhode Island: knife 1; 2; 3.

19th c. - six knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (19th century). Six knives. Metal, ivory. (Cat. no. 2007.0420.1-.6. Viewed 19 June 2018. A03064-73; G02967-68).

  • Photos - Little Compton Historical Society, Little Compton, Rhode Island: knife 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6.

n. d. - knife, with ivory handle

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Knife, with ivory handle. (Cat. no. 92.21.11. Viewed 20 August 2018. L00630).

n. d. - two knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Two knives. (Accession no. 1976.212.1-2. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01911-12.)

n. d. - two dinner knives

Meriden Cutlery Company. (undated). Two dinner knives. Steel, ivory. (Cat. no. 1979.013.00001(-02). Viewed 10 July 2018. G02458-59).

  • American Civil War Museum, Richmond & Appomattox, VA: knife 1; 2.

n. d. - two bone-handled knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Two bone-handled knives. (Accession no. 62.112.15-A, B. Viewed 10 April 2017. A02114.)

n. d. - three bone-handled knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Three bone-handled knives. (Accession no. 63.31.12-A[-H]. Updated 14 May 2017. A02434.)

n. d. - knife

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Knife. [See accession no. 666.64.3A-F (permanent collection) Viewed 11 June 2017. A02680.]

n. d. - knife

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Knife. (Object ID no. H.7579.56. Viewed 3 August 2018. H00265).


B. Meriden Cutlery Co. designs at auction


1850s

1855 - twelve dinner knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (1855). Twelve dinner knives. Silver-plated blades, bone handles. (Viewed 2 July 2018. A03045).


n. d.

n. d. - pair of knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). Pair of knives. (Viewed 2 July 2018. A03046).

n. d. - six tea knives

Meriden Cutlery Co. (undated). 6 tea knives with carved mother of pearl handles. (Viewed 1 January 2017. A00370.)


C. Meriden Cutlery Co. designs in expositions


1860s

1865 - exhibition

1865 (specific dates unknown). American Institute fair, New York.

> Exhibited unspecified designs by Meriden Cutlery Company.


1870s 1870 (specific dates unknown). American Institute fair, New York.

1871 (specific dates unknown). American Institute fair, New York.

10 May - 10 November 1876. Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia.


1880s

1889 - Meriden opera house exhibition

10 October 1889. Exposition at Delavan Opera House, Meriden, on the occasion of the visit of the International American Congress.

> Exhibited Meriden Cutlery Co., various designs, largely unspecified.


1900s

1906 - Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition

11 - 16 June 1906. Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition, Hanover Park, Meriden, CT.

> Exhibited Meriden Cutlery Co., various designs, largely unspecified.



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