Napier Company (Meriden) historical information (2016)

An artdesigncafe / Design Meriden resource.

Please note, three researchers over many years have never seen a Napier Company silver objects trade catalogue. However, distributor and retailer catalogues might be worth looking into.

A. Napier Company (active 1922-) historical information

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Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). Photo of Napier building, (p. 282). In 150 years of Meriden (online). Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). Courtesy of University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT. Viewed 12 June 2016. [A00789-90]

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(Various years). 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.



B. Napier Company - secondary source information

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Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Napier Company, (p. 179-81). In 150 years of Meriden (online). Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). Courtesy of University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT. Viewed 12 June 2016. [A00789-90]

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Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Napier Company, (p. 78 - historical; p. 104 - c. 1988). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. Yale University Library, call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [A00804] [DM]

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

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(2010). Napier Company postcard (1950s), (p. 35). Reprinted in: Franco, Jan Leach. Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. ISBN: 978-0-7385-7332-8. Viewed 15 December 2016.

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Lewis, Melinda L. (2013). The Napier Co.: Defining 20th century American costume jewelry. 1012 pp. Benicia, CA: Life by Design Publishing. Meriden Public Library call no. R 739.27 LE. Viewed 29 November 2016. [A01284]

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



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