Meriden Flint Glass Co. designs, exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 20 November 2016 | Updated 9 September 2017


"[The Meriden Flint Glass Co. produced] glass blowing, clear and opalescent glass objects for decorating and cutting light and heavy. [The company also] made heavy blanks for deep mitre cutting, blown in iron moulds. [They] made globes, jars, tubes and bottles, also tableware, stemware, decanters and pitchers. The cutting shop produced beautiful designs, high grade metal and excellent cutting.

William W. Lyman was president of the company from its inception. Other officers were Horace C. Wilcox, Joseph Bourne, and George Hatch. Thomas B. Clark was [the] office manager. Hatch and Clark came to Meriden from [the] New England Glass Works, East Cambridge, Mass.

Hatch and Clark went to Honesdale, Pa. in 1885. Clark stayed a great many years in Honesdale, Pa. Hatch later went to New York City. The Firm was operated by James Murray & Co. from 1887 to 1891."

— See Nolan, Mollie Callahan (October 1967) entry below. Full excerpt from this document is shown above.


A. Meriden Flint Glass Company designs in collections

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1870s

Two tumblers

Henry S. Fillebrown for the Meriden Flint Glass Company. (1870-80). Two tumblers. Colorless lead glass; blown, engraved. (Accession nos. 96.4.10 A-B. Viewed 11 June 2016. B00202.)

Stand

Bradley & Hubbard / Meriden Flint Glass Company. Stand, (1875-1890). Brass, ceramic, glass. Accession no. 78.214. (Viewed 13 November 2016. AAA00426-34.)

Coffee pot

Meriden Flint Glass Company. (1876-88). Coffee pot. Brilliant cut glass. (Viewed 11 June 2016. F00010.)


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Cruet set

Meriden Flint Glass Co. (undated). Cruet set. Pressed glass; silver plate. (Viewed 15 July 2016. F00047.)

Pitcher

Meriden Flint Glass Co. (undated). Pitcher. Colorless glass with etched flower, leaf, and vine pattern. (Accession no. 1974.31.1. Viewed 24 July 2016. A01104.)

Cruet with stopper

Meriden Flint Glass Co. (undated). Cruet with stopper. (Accession nos. 1974.31.2 a,b. Viewed 17 November 2016. D00223.)

Seven goblets

Meriden Flint Glass Co. (undated). Goblets. (Accession no. 1974.31.3-9. Viewed 17 November 2016. D00224-30.)


B. Meriden Flint Glass Company designs in exhibitions

1870s

1 May - 10 November 1878. Paris Universal Exposition.

See: Pickering, Thomas R. (1878). Paris Universal Exposition, 1878: Official catalogue of the United States exhibitors. [Listed: Meriden Flint Glass Works (p. 74, 172)]. 301 pp. Chiswick Press: London. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00843-44.)

Also see: (1880). Reports of the United States commissioners to the Paris Universal Exposition, 1878; v. III: Iron and steel, ceramics and glass, forestry, cotton. [Meriden Flint Glass Works, recipient Honorable Mention award (pp. 233, 244)]. Government Printing Office: Washington. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00847-49.)

17 September 1879 - 20 April 1880. Sydney International Exhibition, Australia.

See: Commission of the United States. (1879). Sydney International Exhibition: United States Court - Official catalogue of exhibits. (For Meriden Flint Glass Company, see p. 8.) (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01524-27.)


1980s

23 October 1986 - 11 January 1987. In pursuit of beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


C. Meriden Flint Glass Company design catalogues and historical information

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1870s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1870s-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)

Meriden Flint Glass Co. in Paris exhibition

Pickering, Thomas R. (1878). Paris Universal Exposition, 1878: Official catalogue of the United States exhibitors. [Exhibition dates: 1 May - 10 November 1878. Listed: Meriden Flint Glass Works (p. 74, 172)]. 301 pp. Chiswick Press: London. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00843-44.)

(1880). Reports of the United States commissioners to the Paris Universal Exposition, 1878; v. III: Iron and steel, ceramics and glass, forestry, cotton. [Meriden Flint Glass Works, recipient Honorable Mention award (pp. 233, 244)]. Government Printing Office: Washington. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00847-49.)

Meriden Flint Glass Co. in Sydney exhibition

Commission of the United States. (1879). Sydney International Exhibition (Australia): United States Court - Official catalogue of exhibits. (Exhibition venue: 17 September 1879 - 20 April 1880. For Meriden Flint Glass Company, see p. 8.) (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01524-27.)


1880s

Design brochure

Westland Safety Lamp Co. (1881). Distributor brochure featuring products by Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co., Meriden Malleable Iron Co., Meriden Flint Glass Co., and E. Miller & Co. Providence, RI, 9 pp. (Viewed 20 November 2016. A00017; A00717.)

Illustration of building

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

Advertisement

Meriden Flint Glass Co. (15 February 1883). Advertisement: "Meriden Flint Glass Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of the Best Flint Glass Works..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00258).

Advertisement

Meriden Flint Glass Co. (13 November 1883). Advertisement: "Meriden Flint Glass Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of the Best Flint Glass Ware..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00265).

Map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 1 showing Cambridge Street and the Meriden Flint Glass Co.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)


1900s

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Meriden Flint Glass Co. management: William W. Lyman (President) (pp. 296-98) 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.)


1960s

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.

Secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (October 1967). Early glass craftsmen in Meriden. Unpublished document: summaries of company activities including "Meriden Flint Glass Co., 1876-1886". 4 pp. (Viewed 10 August 2017. AAA00632.) (Excerpt in full at top of the page.)

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


1970s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (March 1976). Joseph Bourne and the Meriden Flint Glass Co. (Part I) Spinning wheel: Antiques and early crafts magazine, (pp. 8-11 and cover). (Viewed 2 August 2017. AAA00612. DM.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file;
  • See worldcat.org for more locations.

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Meriden Flint Glass Company", (pp. 9; 172-81). An American heritage; a book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). On "Joseph Bourne" in relation to the Meriden Flint Glass Company (includes reproduced photo of building, stock certificate, advert, stamp, photos of Bourne’s journal, patent drawing, illustration of H. C. Wilcox (leader in forming Meriden Flint Glass Company), and b/w illustrations of some designs), (pp. 170-85). (Also see p. 47 mention about MFGC as manufacturer of caster bottles and p. 59: "From 1876 to 1885 the Meriden Flint Glass Co. was a supplier for most of the local companies," regarding cracker or biscuit jars.) In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

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 17 April 2017. DM.)

Meriden Flint Glass Co. in 1986-87 Met exhibition

Burke, Doreen Bolger, et al. (1986). In pursuit of beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement . [Book published in conjunction with exhibition.] Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Viewed 14 November 2016. A00721; A00977.)

Secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). Photo of house of William W. Lyman (Meriden Flint Glass Co. President), (p. 53). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00804. DM.)


2010s

Secondary source

Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. Charleston, SC: The History Press. (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00696.)

"The Meriden Flint Glass Company maintained a showroom at C.F. Monroe’s Art Rooms in Meriden, as well as at 147 Franklin Street, Boston, Massachusetts; 78– 80 Murray Street, New York City; and 46 East Fourteenth Street / 37 Barclay Street, New York City." (Excerpt from above.)

Book review

Zatkowski, Katharine. (22 February 2016). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass book review.


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Map

(Undated). Meriden Flint Glass Works - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)



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