Miller Bros. Cutlery Co. design catalogues and other primary source information (2016)

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"MILLER BROS. CUTLERY CO.
I. C. Lewis, President; W. F. Rockwell, Secretary and Treasurer. Manufacturers of Fine Pocket Cutlery, Ink Erasers and Steel Pens. Factory, Meriden, Conn.; New York Office, 825 Broadway. The Miller Bros. Cutlery Co. of Meriden, Conn. was organized for the Manufacture of Pocket Cutlery in 1870, by Messrs. W. H. & Geo. W. Miller. It was subsequently re-organized in 1876, with Lemuel J. Curtis as President, and Wm. F. Rockwell as Secretary and Treasurer. The manufacture of Steel Pens was added in 1881, by the purchase of George Bradford’s plant, and the employment of Mr. Bradford as Superintendent of the Pen Department. In 1885, Mr. J. H. Charlton was appointed Superintendent of the Factory, and upon the death of Mr. Curtis, in 1888, the Hon. Isaac C. Lewis was elected President of the Company. Frequent additions have been made to the buildings and machinery in both Cutlery and Pen Departments during the past ten years. Now their capacity for turning out goods is greater than any other establishment on the country in the same lines of business. The quality of their productions is unexcelled in the world and their well earned reputation is carefully maintained."

— D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Miller Bros. Cutlery Co.”, (p. 211) and illustration. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. (See entry below.)


Miller Bros. Cutlery Co. design catalogues and historical information

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1870s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1870-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)

Miller Bros. Cutlery Co. in 1876 exhibition

(1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [Listed: Miller Brothers Cutlery Co., (p. 52). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.] S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

Miller Bros. Cutlery Co. 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 Miller Bros. Cutlery Company]. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)


1880s

Illustration of building

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

Logo / letterhead

Miller Bros. Cutlery Co. (1881 or earlier). Letter dated 1881 with logo / letterhead. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02634.)

Advertisement

(c. 1882). Miller Bros. Cutlery Co advert (pocket cutlery, ladies’ scissors, ink erasers, steel pens), (p. 34). In The Maryland farmer, (volume, issue and dating unclear). (Also see another Miller Bros. Cutler Co advert, on a p. 40, in a later issue. Search online file.) (Viewed 4 March 2017. A01593-95.)

Map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 8 showing Miller Bros. Cutlery at end of Pratt Street.) Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)


1890s

Advertisement

(January 1890). "Miller Bros. Cutlery Co." advert, for pens, (page number unspecified but towards the end of the magazine). In The century illustrated monthly magazine. (Viewed 4 March 2017. A01583-84.)

Historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). On "Miller Bros. Cutlery Co.", (p. 211) and illustration. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA. (Viewed 21 May 2016. A00682-84.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Miller Bros. Cutlery Co.", (p. 933). 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.)


1900s

13 advertisements

(1903). "Miller Bros. Cutlery Co." adverts, for pens. (Search document to see 13 placements in issues.) In The medical age: A semi-monthly journal of medicine and surgery, vol. 21. (Viewed 4 March 2017. A01596.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). On "The Miller Brothers Cutlery Co." section including illustration of building, (pp. 56-58). 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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). 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.)

Biographies of Miller Bros. Cutlery Co. management:
> Isaac Chauncey Lewis (President) (pp. 354-58 including portrait);
> Charles Lee Rockwell (President) (pp. 537-39 including portrait);
> William F. Rockwell (involved in 1876 re-organization) (pp. 467-70 including portrait).


1910s

Historical information

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 3. [On Charles Rockwell (and Miller Brothers Cutlery Company), (pp. 67-8).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00525; AAA0535-36.)

Aerial illustration

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including illustration of Miller Bros. Cutlery Co., 464 Pratt Street] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 20 July 2016. A01020-21.)


n. d.

Design catalogue

Miller Bros Cutlery Co. (undated). [catalog no. 646 (handwritten)]. Meriden, CT; 93 pp. (Viewed 21 May 2016. A00680-81.)

  • Offline - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Map

(Undated). Miller Brothers Cutlery Company - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)



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