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


A. Meriden Silver Plate Co. (founded 1869) design catalogues

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Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1879). Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Superior Electro Silver Plated Ware. 159 pp. Viewed 20 February 2017. [AAA00570 - 081]

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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. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [DM]

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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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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.

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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. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [DM]

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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.

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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. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [DM]

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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. Additionally, 1847 Rogers Brothers designs are on pp. 115-30, 134-38, and additional Rogers, Smith & Co designs are on pp. 135 & 137.] Catalogue: 482 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum Library, Delaware. Viewed 7 March 2017. [A01684; AAA00585]

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Meriden Silver Plate Co. (1800s). [trade catalogue]. West Meriden, CT. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, record ID SILNMAHTL_34638. Viewed 3 January 2017. [A01434]


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


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Eureka Silver Company (division of Meriden Silver Plate Co.) / (ISC). (c. 1905). Number of pages unknown. The Strong library, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.E8875 C38 1905. Viewed 11 January 2016. [A01473]

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

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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]. Viewed 18 September 2016. [A00257; AAA00164-165] [DM]

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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. Updated 16 October 2016. [A00295; AAA00348] [DM]



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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(1891). On the "Meriden Silver Plate Company", (pp. 157). In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. 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."

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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]

"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."

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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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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. (See worldcat.org for locations.) Viewed 15 March 2017. [DM]

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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. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Meriden Silver Plate Co." mentions, [pp. 14 (photo of hand-engraved tea set, c. 1896), 23 (call bells), 27 (napkin rings), 39 (16 pitchers, 8 Tilters, large ice water urn), 48 (dinner casters), 74 (photo of spoon holder, c. 1886), 81 (spitoons / cuspidors), 84 (sardine box), 108 (photo of card receiver, 1884), 111 (photo of card receiver, c. 1885), 117 (photo of jewelry casket, c. 1880), 120 (photo of bride’s basket, before 1879), 122-23 (oil lamps, including a design, c. 1896), 132 (illustration of Art Nouveau lavatory set, undated), 134 (photo of toilet stand with ring drawer, 1879), 142 (toiletware - hand mirrors, etc.; illustration of Eureka Silver Co. design), 173, 182]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [DM] [2]

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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]

[2] See Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [DM]. 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).



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