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

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"MERIDEN SILVER PLATE CO., Meriden, Conn.
Organized in 1869, the company was acquired by H. C. Wilcox, President of [Meriden Britannia Co.] in 1870. After International Silver Co. was formed in 1898, the business was moved into the Meriden Britannia Co. plant. Its large glass cutting department was combined with that of the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. and continued producing a fine line of cut glass until 1915, under the name of Meriden Cut Glass Co. During the early 1900’s Meriden Britannia Co. produced an extensive line of medium priced silverplated hollowware under the trademark of the Meriden Silver Plate Co. It continued in active use until 1938."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company (1977), pp. 167.


Meriden Silver Plate Co. (founded 1869) design catalogues and historical information [1]

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1860s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1869-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)


1870s

Meriden Silver Plate in 1876 exhibition

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia (exhibition dates: 10 May - 10 November 1876. [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; Exhibitors including Meriden Silver Plate Company]. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1879). Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Superior Electro Silver Plated Ware. 159 pp. (Updated 15 April 2017. AAA00570-081; A02207.)

Design catalogue excerpts reprint

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1879). Reprinted page with 8 spoon holders from catalogue (1879). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 88). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)


1880s

Illustration of building

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

Design catalogue

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1883). Illustrated catalogue and price list of staple goods, superior electro-silver plated wares. 84 pp. (Viewed 19 February 2016. A00292-93; AAA00012.)

Advertisement

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (15 February 1883). Advertisement: "Meriden Silver Plate Co., Manufacturers of the finest quality of Electro-Plated Ware..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00256).

Advertisement

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (13 November 1883). Advertisement: "Meriden Silver Plate Co., Manufacturers of the finest quality of Electro-Plated Ware..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00264).

Missing design catalogue

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1884). [trade catalogue, including designs of 14 pepper boxes]. No copy in a public library is known to exist. (Viewed 23 December 2016.)

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1884). Reprinted illustrations of 14 pepper boxes from catalogue (1884). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 88). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Map

(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.)

Missing design catalogue

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (c. 1888). [trade catalogue, including designs of "old silver" table lamps]. No copy in a public library is known to exist. (Viewed 23 December 2016.)

Design catalogue excerpt reprints

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (c. 1888). Reprinted illustrations showing 2-4 "old silver" table lamps page from catalogue. (c. 1888). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 126). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 20 April 2017. DM.)

Design catalogue

Busiest House in America. (1889). 13th annual illustrated catalogue of the Busiest House in America containing illustrations and prices of a few leading and staple styles of diamonds, watches, jewelry, silverware, clocks, canes, umbrellas, opera glasses, gold spectacles, eye glasses, etc. [pp. 3-93 feature designs by Rogers, Smith & Co; Meriden Britannia; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; and Middletown Plate Co. without specifying which designs are by which of the 4 companies. Catalogue: 482 pp. (Viewed 7 March 2017. A01684; AAA00585.)

Design catalogue

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1800s). [trade catalogue]. West Meriden, CT. (Updated 20 April 2017. A01434.)


1890s

Historical information

(1891). On the "Meriden Silver Plate Company", (p. 157). In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01543; A01549-50.)

"The salesrooms in New York are at No. 30 East Fourteenth Street and in Chicago at Nos. 133 and 135 Wabash Avenue." (excerpt from above)

Advertisement

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (2 January 1891). Advertisement: "Meriden Silver Plate Co., Manufacturers of Finest Qualities of Electro Plate..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00221).

News mention

(4 May 1892). News brief: Mention of Meriden Silver Plate Co. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 21. (Viewed 27 September 2017. G00491.)

"The Meriden Silver Plate Co. intend to build a 10 x 14 feet tower at the southeast corner of their main brick factory. It will stand where the Cross St. entrance to the factory is now located, and will be of brick, five stories high, with blue stone trimmings. It will be higher than the main building and will have a hip slated roof, surmounted by an ornamental finical form of a ventilator." (Full excerpt from above).

Historical information

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. (Viewed 1 May 2016. A00514-15.)

"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." (See excerpt above.)

Historical information

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. (Viewed 19 April 2016. A00396-97.)

Advertisement

Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1 March 1895). Advertisement: "Meriden Silver Plate Co., Manufacturers of Finest Qualities of Electro Plate". Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, column 1. (Viewed 11 September 2017. G00234).

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Meriden Silver Plate Co.", (p. 932). 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; A02635.)

The Meriden Silver Plate Co. became a part of the International Silver Company in c. 1898.


1900s

Advertisement

International Silver Company. (6 March 1902). Advertisement: "International Silver Co., Silversmiths, Successor to Barbour Silver Co.; Meriden Britannia Co.; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 6. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00238).

1903 advertisements

See the ads

Two advertisements

International Silver Company. (January-February 1903). Advertisements: "Makers of Wares of Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., Manhattan Silver Plate Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01135; G01151.)

Four advertisements

International Silver Company. (March-June 1903). Advertisements: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co., Middletown Plate Co. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01154; G01159; .)



Design catalogue

Eureka Silver Company (division of Meriden Silver Plate Co.) / (ISC). (c. 1905). [catalogue] Number of pages unknown. (Updated 20 April 2017. A01473.)

  • Offline - The Strong library, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.E8875 C38 1905.

Historical information

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. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Historical information

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. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Promotional booklet

Hill, Janet McKenzie (c. 1907). Cooking and serving en casserole and things we relish [book no. 76]. Meriden, CT: The Meriden Silver Plate Co / ISC.; 38 pp. (Updated 20 April 2017. A02240.)

Advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 September 1909). Advertisement: "Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Cut Glass... Factories: The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., 1847 Rogers Bros., Rogers & Brother; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 31. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00475.)


1910s

Design catalogue

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.") (Updated 15 April 2017. A00257.)

  • Offline - The Strong - National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.I5785 I5785 1910.

Promotional booklet

Hill, Janet McKenzie. (1910). Cooking and serving en casserole and things we relish [book no. 95]. 48 pp. Meriden, CT: The Meriden Silver Plate Co / ISC. (Viewed 22 April 2017. AAA00593.)

Historical information

(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. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00525; AAA00540-41.)


1920s

Design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1926). International Silverplate Hollowware - Factory E [catalogue no. 32; includes Meriden Silver Plate, Nickel Silver and Meriden Britannia]. 176 pp.; 8-page price list. (Viewed 18 February 2017. AAA00570-056.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

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). (Updated 20 April 2017. A00257; AAA00164-165; A01209. DM.)


1930s

Design catalogue

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. (Updated 20 April 2017. A00295; AAA00348. DM.)


1940s

Secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Meriden Silver [Plating] Co." mentions, (pp. 112, 173). 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.)


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 Silver Plate Company". 4 pp. (Viewed 10 August 2017. AAA00632.)

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


1970s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). "Meriden Silver Plate Co." mentions, [pp. 43, 56, 70, 157, 167 (see excerpt above)]. In An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Meriden Silver Plate Co." mentions. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.) [2]

MSPC content
> p. 14 [photo of hand-engraved tea set, (c. 1896)];
> p. 23 (call bells);
> p. 27 (napkin rings);
> p. 39 (16 pitchers, 8 Tilters, large ice water urn);
> p. 48 (dinner casters);
> p. 74 [photo of spoon holder, (c. 1886)];
> p. 81 (spitoons / cuspidors);
> p. 84 (sardine box);
> p. 108 [photo of card receiver, (1884)];
> p. 111 [photo of card receiver, (c. 1885)];
> p. 117 [photo of jewelry casket, (c. 1880)];
> p. 120 [photo of bride’s basket, (before 1879)];
> pp. 122-23 [oil lamps, including a design, (c. 1896)];
> p. 132 [illustration of Art Nouveau lavatory set, (undated)];
> p. 134 [photo of toilet stand with ring drawer, (1879)];
> p. 142 (toiletware - hand mirrors, etc.; illustration of Eureka Silver Co. design);
> pp. 173, 182.


1990s

Magazine article

Cramer, Diana. (May /June 1992). [Meriden Silver Plate Company - butter dish & epergne]. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 7 September 2017. G00203.)


2000s

Secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Meriden Silver Plate Co.", (p. 158-59). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 15 August 2017. A02933a,b.)

Meriden Silver Plate Co. in 2005 exhibition

Newark Museum webpage for Meriden Silver Plate Co.’s late 19th c. jewelry box, accession no. 73.427. In Alice Ballantine’s Victorian Wedding at Newark Museum, Newark, NJ (3 March - 1 October 2005). (Updated 13 November 2016. AAA00426.)

Meriden Silver Plate Co. in 2005-07 exhibition

Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. [Includes Meriden Silver Company designs.] 392 pp. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

> Exhibition venues: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art; The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.


2010s

Meriden Silver Plate in 2012, 2014 exhibition

(2011). Stories in sterling: Four centuries of silver in New York exhibition catalogue. [Venues: New York Historical Society, New York (4 May - 23 September 2012); Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL (28 January - 20 April 2014)]. 352 pp. (Updated 13 July 2017. A02202-04; A02768]

Meriden Silver Plate Co. in 2016-17 exhibition

Green, Nancy and Reed, Christopher (Eds.) JapanAmerica: Points of contact, 1876-1970 (exhibition catalogue). [Exhibitions at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (27 August - 18 December 2016) and Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (12 February - 21 May 2017). (Updated 22 January 2017. A01431-33; AAA00551-55.)

Meriden Silver Plate Co. in 2017-18 exhibition

Coffin, Sarah and Harrison, Stephen. (2017). The jazz age: American style in the 1920s. [Catalogue for exhibitions at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (7 April - 20 August 2017); and Cleveland Museum of Art (30 September 2017 - 14 January 2018).] 379 pp. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art. (Viewed 8 April 2017. A02036-39; A02766.)


n. d.

Map

(Undated). Meriden Silver Plate Company - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)


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. Yale University Library, call no. Yns72 2005 S73+ Oversize (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [A00666] [DM]

[2] See Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. Eureka Silver Company is identified as a "secondary brand" of the Meriden Silver Plate Company concerning the marketing of toiletware c. 1894-86, (pp. 141-42). University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017.[DM]



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