Meriden Malleable Iron Co. exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"MERIDEN MALLEABLE IRON CO. (THE)
Geo. W. Lyon, President; E. I. Merriman, Secretary and Treasurer; C. L. Lyon, Superintendent, Manufacturers of Brass and Iron Kerosene Fixtures, Cabinet Hardware, Brackets and Basin Legs for Plumbers."

D.H. Hurd & Co. in Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations (1893), p. 211. (See entry below.)


A. Meriden Malleable Iron Co. designs in exhibitions


1880s

1884 - Meriden Malleable Iron Co. in Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

16-19 September 1884. Meriden Town Hall display, Connecticut State Fair, Meriden, CT.

> Exhibited by Meriden Malleable Iron Co., "beautiful lamps and other articles of their manufacture".

  • For documentation, see documentation section below.

1889 - Meriden Malleable Iron Co. in 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 Malleable Iron Co., "a small line of Luxdux lamps, and shelf brackets... and James D. Frary’s cork screws, cork pulls and lemon pressers."

See: (10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [including small section on Meriden Malleable Iron Co. exhibited wares]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00751-59). (Also see 1889 mentions below.)


B. Meriden Malleable Iron Co. design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1870s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

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

1870 - historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). On "Meriden Malleable Iron Co." section, (pp. 490). 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.) (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)

1871 - patent - picture nail

Leopold Wolf, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (21 March 1871). Letters patent no. 112,880: Picture nail. (Viewed 15 March 2018. AAA01164).

1871 - patent - design for brackets and chandeliers

Thomas Village, assignor to Meriden Malleable-Iron Company. (4 July 1871). Design no. 5091: Design for brackets and chandeliers. (Viewed 6 March 2018. AAA01009.)

1871 - patent - design for brackets or chandelier-arms

Thomas Village, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (4 July 1871). Design no. 5092: Design for brackets or chandelier-arms. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01562).

1871 - patent - improvement in chandeliers’ centers

John Meah, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (10 October 1871). Letters patent no. 119,780: Improvement in chandeliers’ centers. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02281).

1872 - design catalogue

Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (1872). The Meriden Malleable Iron Co’s catalogue and price list of builders’ hardware. 79 pp. West Meriden, CT. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00718.)

1872 - news mention

(13 March 1872). Fires [with mention: "... The packing-room of the Meriden Malleable Iron Works, at Meriden, was burned last evening. Loss, $50,000; insured."] Chicago Tribune, p. 4, col. 5. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00890).

1877 - patent - improvement in extension-chandeliers

Liverus Hull, assignor to Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company and Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (Reissued 20 March 1877; filed 6 December 1876). Reissue no. 7561; letters patent no. 142,107 (26 August 1873): Improvement in extension-chandeliers. (Viewed 16 March 2018. AAA01188).

1878 - news mention

(5 March 1878). Personal [with mention of Meriden Malleable Iron Co.]. The New Orleans Daily Democrat, p. 12, col. 6. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00891).

"... We were pleased to meet upon our streets yesterday Mr. Wm. Wolff, who is the worthy representative of the large manufacturing house, the Meriden Malleable Iron Company, New York." [sic?] (Excerpt from above.)


1879 - news mention

(30 October 1879). [Untitled news mention: "The main building of the Meriden Malleable Iron Company at Meriden, Conn., was damaged by fire to the extent of $20,000 last night."] Daily Republican (Wilmington, Delaware), p. 1, col. 4. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00892).


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, 10 pp. (Viewed 30 May 2016. A00017; A00717.)

1881 - illustration of building

Porter, Wils (lithographer). (1881). Illustration of Meriden Malleable Iron Co. 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.)

1882 - design catalogue

Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (1882, September). Revised price-list of cabinet hardware, ink stands, etc. 89 pp. (Two cropped illustrations at the top of this web page.) (Viewed 4 June 2016. C00001-57; AAA00020. DM.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 683.3 M552ma.

1882 - news mention

(16 August 1882). State news with mention: "The Meriden Malleable Iron company are to erect another large four story building in connection with their already immense concern." Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00893).

1882 - news mention

(20 December 1882). State news [including mention: "... the Meriden Malleable Iron [Company pays taxes on] $75,000... " Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00584).

1883 - advertisement

Meriden Malleable Iron Co. (15 February 1883). Advertisement: "The Meriden Malleable Iron Co., Manufacturers of Kerosene Fixtures, Lamps, Lanterns, Cabinet Hardware, Ink Stands..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00261).

1883 - advertisement

Meriden Malleable Iron Co. (13 November 1883). Advertisement: "The Meriden Malleable Iron Co., Manufacturers of Kerosene Fixtures, Lamps, Lanterns, Cabinet Hardware, Ink Stands..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00265).

1883 - patent - joiner’s plane

Henry B. Beach, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (27 November 1883; filed 10 September 1883). Letters patent no. 289,332: Joiner’s plane. (Viewed 15 March 2018. AAA01165).

1884 - map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 11 showing North Colony street and the Meriden Malleable Iron Company.) Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)

1884 - news mention - at Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

(17 September 1884). The second day [of the CT State Fair and mention of Meriden Malleable Iron Company]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1 & presumably p. 3, col. 4. (Viewed 30 September 2018. B00590-91).

"... The Meriden Malleable Iron company has an elaborate display of chandeliers and hanging lamps, among them several new and elegant designs..." (Excerpt from above.)


1884 - news mention - at Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

(18 September 1884). The Great Day! [with mention of Meriden Malleable Iron Co.]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably pp. 1 & 4, col. 4. (Viewed 30 September 2018. B00588-89).

"Manufactured goods. The premiums in this department were awarded for the largest and best display in each branch... Meriden Malleable Iron Co., lamps and hardware ..." (Excerpt from above.)


1884 - news mention - at Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

(20 September 1884). The State Fair [with mention: "... The Meriden Malleable Iron company exhibited beautiful lamps and other articles of their manufacture... "]. Morning Journal & Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 30 September 2018. B00586-87).

1884 - patent - extension-chandelier

John C. Knight, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (11 March 1884; filed 26 November 1883). Letters patent no. 295,020: Extension-chandelier. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01485).

1884 - patent - hanging lamp

John T. Rich, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (3 June 1884; filed 14 January 1884). Letters patent no. 299,851: Hanging lamp. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01563).

1885 - patent - extension-chandelier

Lyman T. Lawton, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (20 January 1885; filed 18 August 1884). Letters patent no. 311,078: Extension-chandelier. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01564).

1885 - patent - plane

William Tidgewell, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (10 February 1885; filed 26 December 1884). Letters patent no. 312,229: Plane. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01603).

1885 - patent - joiner’s plane

William Tidgewell, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (10 March 1885; filed 2 February 1885). Letters patent no. 313,694: Joiner’s plane. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01604).

1885 - patent - lamp-hanger

Lyman T. Lawton, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (26 May 1885; filed 16 March 1885). Letters patent no. 318,756: Lamp-hanger. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01606).

1885 - patent - suspension device

Lyman T. Lawton, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (22 December 1885; filed 31 August 1885). Letters patent no. 333,017; serial no. 175,693: Suspension device. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA02280).

1887 - historical information

Beckford, William Hale. (1887). Leading business men of New Haven (county) [“Meriden” and “Leading business men of Meriden”, (pp. 223-47), including description of Meriden Malleable Iron Co.]. Mercantile Pub. Co.: Boston. (Viewed 17 June 2016. A00858-59.)

1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition - Meriden Malleable Iron Co. at Meriden opera house

(1889). Meriden Journal Souvenir [leather-bound booklet containing a list of the manufactories contributing to the exhibition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, 10 October 1889, and other companies in Meriden], 4 pp. (Viewed 13 September 2018. L00763; L00765-68).

"Meriden Malleable Iron Co., brass and iron kerosene fixtures, lamps and lanterns, cabinet hardware and ’Lux-Dux’ lamps." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are reported to be in the exhibition.)


1889 - article, Meriden Malleable Iron Co. in Meriden opera house exhibition

(10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [with small section describing Meriden Malleable Iron Co. exhibited wares]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00747-59).

1889 - news mention - in Meriden opera house exposition

(10 October 1889). Our guests: Honored visitors here to-day [including small section describing exhibited Meriden Malleable Iron Co. wares]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00769-83).

1889 - news mention - Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). The show photographed: Fine pictures of the Opera House exhibit made. ["The best of them will be forwarded to Frank Leslie’s paper— what the state and New York press has to say about Meriden", with excerpts from Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, New York Herald, New York Tribune, Waterbury Republican, with no specific mention of Meriden Malleable Iron Co.] Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00785-89).

1889 - patent - lamp-wick lifter

Lyman T. Lawton, assignor to Meriden Malleable Iron Company. (7 May 1889; filed 21 November 1888). Letters patent no. 402,945; serial no. 291,515: Lamp-wick lifter. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01605).


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1890s

1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). On "Meriden Malleable Iron Co.", (p. 211). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA. (Viewed 30 May 2016. A00719-20.)

1895 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). On "Meriden Malleable Iron Co." (with illustration), (p. 55). In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00787-88.)

1895 - news mention

(12 August 1895). Meriden’s factories [including mention of Meriden Malleable Iron Company as the 8th largest factory in Meriden]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00517-18).

1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Meriden Malleable Iron Co.", (p. 930). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02633.)


1900s

1906 - news mention

(17 January 1906). Bought by Bergen; Cut glass company closes deal for Meriden Bronze shop. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. [Article mentions other concerns from the northern Meriden area, previously also including Chapman Manufacturing and the Meriden Malleable Iron Company, now with Meriden Firearms and the Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company.] (Viewed 10 October 1906. AAA00673.)

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


1940s

1947 - secondary information

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Meriden Malleable Iron Plant" mention, (p. 173, see below). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

"In 1923, [the International Silver Company] had purchased the Meriden Malleable Iron Plant, which became the center of the company’s cutlery departments moved there from Factory H."