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

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| Design Meriden | 20 November 2016 | Updated 25 November 2018


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"[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 (by year)


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1870s

1870-80 - 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.)

1875-90 - stand

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

1876-88 - 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.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical glass companies from the Meriden area listed on the historical Meriden design overview page. Scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions - Meriden Cut Glass Company" and C: "Other featured companies". Please note that many of the listed historical silver companies also at times included glass in their designs.



B. Meriden Flint Glass Company designs in exhibitions


1870s

1878 - Paris Universal Exposition

1 May - 10 November 1878. Paris Universal Exposition.

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Meriden Flint Glass Co., awarded Honorable Mention.

  • For documentation, see historical information section below.

1879-80 - Sydney International Exhibition, Australia

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

> Unspecified "Glass Toilet Sets; Cut Glass Pitchers, Vases and Butter Dishes" exhibited by the Meriden Flint Glass Co.

  • For documentation, see historical information section below.


1880s

1881 - Meriden Town Hall exhibition

20-23 September 1881. Meriden Town Hall display, Connecticut State Fair, Meriden, CT.

> Exhibited unspecified designs by Meriden Flint Glass Co.

  • For documentation, see the historical section below.


1980s

1986-87 - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

1987-88 - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

1 December 1987 - 31 August 1988. A decade of collecting Connecticut industrial arts at the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

> Possibly exhibited: Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. (1880-85). Stand (with perceived Meriden Flint Glass Co. ceramic / glass inlay). (CT Historical Society collection, listed on B & H in collection page.)

  • For documentation, see the historical section below.



See our Design Meriden compilation listing over 1000 exhibitions since 1853, featuring historical design associated with the Meriden area.



C. Meriden Flint Glass Company design catalogues and historical information


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1870s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1870s-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

1877 - patent - improvement in the manufacture of glass shades, globes

Joseph Bourne, assignor to Meriden Flint Glass Company. (3 April 1877; filed 28 March 1877). Letters patent no. 189,180: Improvement in the manufacture of glass shades, globes. (Viewed 14 March 2018. AAA01144).

1877 - patent - design for glass shades

William W. Lyman, assignor to Meriden Flint Glass Company. (31 July 1877; filed 20 June 1877). Design no. 10,134: Design for glass shades. (Viewed 14 March 2018. AAA01141).

1878 - 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.)

1878 - Meriden Flint Glass Co. in Paris exhibition

(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.)

1879 - news mention

(13 May 1879). News of the state [with "Meriden" section and mention of Meriden Flint Glass Company]. Hartford Courant, p. 4. (Viewed 19 October 2018. D00337).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

"The fact that the store-rooms of the Meriden Flint Glass company were overstocked, which will necessitate the closing of their factory for a month or six weeks, gave rise to the rumor last week, that the company were about to shut down indefinitely, which rumour is wholly untrue, as far as can be learned at present." (Excerpt in full from above.)


1879-80 - Meriden Flint Glass Co. in Sydney International 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, unspecified "Glass Toilet Sets; Cut Glass Pitchers, Vases and Butter Dishes" exhibited.) (Updated 5 November 2018. A01524-27.)


1880s

1881 - 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.)

1881 - 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.)

1881 - spotlighted news mention - Meriden Flint Glass Co. at Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

(20 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention of Meriden Flint Glass Co.]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. (B00573-79).

" ... the Meriden Flint Glass works, with their showing of beautiful vases, lamp shades and other wares peculiar to their manufacture, at once captivate and for a time hold spellbound the eye of every visitor ... " (Excerpt from above.)


1881 - news mention - exhibition at Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

(23 September 1881). The state fair [including mention of Meriden Flint Glass Co.]. Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 2, col. 4. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00568-69).

"The Meriden Flint Glass Co. make a valuable display of glass ware. The picture of the yacht which they show is of decorated porcelain." (Excerpt from above.)


1881 - news mention - in Meriden Town Hall exhibition

(23 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention: "... Diplomas were awarded to the following named for articles manufactured or displayed by them ... Meriden Flint Glass Co., cut glass ..."]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00570-72).

1882 - patent - design for a fruit-bowl

George E. Hatch, assignor to Meriden Flint Glass Company. (19 September 1882; filed 16 August 1882). Design no. 13,300: Design for a fruit-bowl. (Viewed 14 March 2018. AAA01142).

1882 - patent - design for a flower-vase

George E. Hatch, assignor to Meriden Flint Glass Company. (19 September 1882; filed 16 August 1882). Design no. 13,301: Design for a flower-vase. (Viewed 14 March 2018. AAA01143).

1883 - 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).

1883 - 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).

1884 - 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

1906 - 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

1964 - 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.

1967 - 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

1971 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (January-February 1971). The old-fashioned dinner caster. Spinning Wheel, pp. 20-22. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: 3 illustrations of casters in 1855 catalogue; revolving caster (1860); 23 illustrations of dinner castle bottles, 6 dinner casters, and 6 dinner caster bell from 1886 catalogue; also toy caster (1885) and caster (1855-67);
> Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.: 4 illustrations of dinner casters in 1860 Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. catalogue;
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: caster (1871).
> Also Bergen & Niland; Meriden Flint Glass Company; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. are mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1976 - 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.

1977 - 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.)

1978 - magazine article mention

Hogan, Edmund P. (September 1978). Victorian cracker jars & biscuit jars. Spinning wheel, pp. 8-9. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00699.)

Illustrations
> Middletown Plate Co.: 4 biscuit jars and a cracker jar, reprinted from catalogue (c. 1880)
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: 6 biscuit jars, reprinted from catalogue (c. 1880)
> Also, Forbes Silver Company and Meriden Flint Glass Co. are mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT;
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

"American silverware makers imported many of these glass and pottery jars from England and Europe, but also bought from domestic makers as well. From 1876 to 1885 the Meriden Flint Glass Co. ... was a supplier for most of the local companies."


1980s

1980 - 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.)

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 17 April 2017. DM.)

1986-87 - Meriden Flint Glass Co. in 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.)

1987-88 - exhibition labels - possibly Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. / Meriden Flint Glass Co. in Hartford exhibition

Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. (c. 1987). Exhibition labels / checklist for A decade of collecting Connecticut industrial arts (1 December 1987 - 31 August 1988). [The list might be incomplete.] [Possibly exhibited: Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. (1880-85). Stand (with perceived Meriden Flint Glass Co. ceramic / glass inlay. CT Historical Society collection).] (Viewed 25 November 2018. B01209-17; B01219-20).

  • Offline - exhibition labels / checklist - Connecticut Historical Society, curatorial area, Hartford.
  • Offline - pre-exhibition planning documentation, 6 pp. [including notations of MFGC and stand] - Connecticut Historical Society archive, Hartford.

1988 - 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

2012 - 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.)

2016 - book review

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


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n. d. - map

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