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

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A. Meriden Flint Glass Company design catalogues and historical information

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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.)


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.)


(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.)


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.)


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.)


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.)


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

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