Meriden Silver Plate Co. historical design catalogues and other documentation (2016)

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Meriden Silver Plate Co. (founded 1869) design catalogues and other historical documentation

Introduction, c. 1893:

"MERIDEN SILVER PLATE CO. (THE)
President, George R. Curtis; Secretary and Treasurer, R. H. Curtis; Superintendent, W. R. Mackay. Manufacturers of the Finest Quality Quadruple Plated Ware. Salesrooms, 30 East 14th St., near Union Sq., New York, 133 Wabash Ave., Chicago, Ill."

—D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Meriden Silver Plate Co.” (page 211). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Viewed 1 May 2016. [A00514-15]



A. Meriden Silver Plate Co. design catalogues

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Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1883). Illustrated catalogue and price list of staple goods, superior electro-silver plated wares. 84 pp. Courtesy Toronto Public Library, call no. 739.2383 M26. [A00292-93; AAA00012]

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International Silver Company. (c. 1910). International Silver Co., Factory E, makers of silver plated holloware: Catalogue no. 28. Meriden, CT: International Silver Company, 168 pp. (Pp. 109-167 consist of items from the Forbes Silver Plate Co. [sic]) (General note: "Meriden Silver Plate Co.") The Strong - National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.I5785 I5785 1910. [A00257]

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International Silver Company. (1928 or 1929). Silver plated hollowware / International Silver Co., Factory E (catalog no. 34). Meriden, CT: International Silver Co., 187 pp. [Includes ISC (stamped Meriden Silver Plate Co.), pp. 6-126, with Ile of France Modernist line; ISC (stamped Meriden Britannia), pp. 127-49; and ISC (stamped Forbes Silver Plate Co.), pp. 151-187). Meriden Historical Society; Dallas Museum of Art call no. NK5203 .W55 1994. [DMA has this cat no. 34 dated 1910-35]. (Copy in the Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 18 September 2016. [A00257; AAA00164-165]

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International Silver Company. (1931). International silverplate hollowware [catalogue no. 37 of Meriden Silverplate Co.; includes Modernist Vogue and Ile de France lines; pp. 93-5 Meriden Britannia flasks]. Meriden, CT: International Silver Co, Factory E; 96 pp. Victoria & Albert Museum / National Art Library barcode 38041988008074; Meriden Historical Society. (Copy in the Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library — offline. Updated 16 October 2016. [A00295; AAA00348]



B. Meriden Silver Plate Co. - other historical documentation

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(1869-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

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(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 3 showing North Colony street and "Meriden Silverplate Co."). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 21 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00008] For other maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

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Hall, Henry. (1895). “Horace C. Wilcox” (1824-90), director, Meriden Silver Plate Co., (pp. 872-3). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. Courtesy University of California, Berkeley. Viewed 19 April 2016. [A00396-97] For more historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Meriden Silver Plate Co." sub-section (p. 47). 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 III). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Meriden Silver Plate management: George Redfield Curtis (President) (pp. 305-08 including portrait); Isaac Chauncey Lewis (director) (pp. 354-58 including portrait); Horace C. Wilcox (director) (pp. 530-32 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). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]



c. Meriden Silver Plate Co. - key secondary sources

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(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 3. [On George H. Wilcox, president of International Silver Company, and Horace C. Wilcox (partner, Meriden Britannia; director: Manning, Bowman & Co.; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Rogers Brothers (Waterbury); R. Wallace & Sons (Wallingford); William Rogers Manufacturing Co. (Hartford), (pp. 70-3).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00525; AAA00540-41]

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Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. 392 pp. ISBN: 0-300-10927-x. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) Multiple locations: see worldcat.org.

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Preece, Robert. (28 September 2016). Jewel Stern interview: Modernist silver from Meriden-Wallingford. Design Meriden at artdesigncafe.com, 1(2).



Footnote:
[1] Meriden Silver Plate Co. was founded in 1869 and became a division of International Silver Company. [See (a) Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver, page 354. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press.] Viewed 16 May 2016. [A00666]



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This compilation is currently in development. We are compiling scattered resources across North America and beyond with the goal of identifying a complete set. This initiative aims to enable more productive research and facilitate new discoveries. If you know of original documentation not listed below, please contact artdesigncafe.