Norwich Cutlery historical documentation (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 16 May 2016 | Updated 17 April 2017

"NORWICH CUTLERY, Norwich, Conn.
This company was organized in the latter part of 1889... The firm made steel knives and blades and their first shipment was made for Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. in Hartford, which for a number of years took all the production of the plant... by 1930, [production had risen to over 3 million knives per year with over 60 different styles and models in both carbon and stainless steel, all for the various factories of [the International Silver Company]... Because of a severe hurricane in 1938, the plant suffered such extensive damage that it was decided not to re-open."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 161.

A. Norwich Cutlery historical documentation (1889-1938)

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International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. [International Silver Company]. [Acquisitions is 1898-1903 — 1898: “Barbour Silver Company (Hartford), * Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport), * Manhattan Silver Plate, ( Lyons, New York), * Meriden Britannia Company (Meriden), * Norwich Cutlery (Norwich), * William Rogers Manufacturing Company (Hartford), Rogers Cutlery (Hartford), Rogers and Brothers (Waterbury), Rogers and Hamilton (Waterbury), Wilcox Silver Plate (Meriden), Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford), Standard Silver Company, Ltd. ( Toronto, Canada)”. 1899: “Derby Silver Company (Derby), Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company (Wallingford), Simpson Nickel Company (Wallingford), Middletown Plate Company (Middletown).” 1903: United States Silver Corporation, including * C. Rogers & Brothers (Meriden). University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT call no. 1980.0008 (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00419]

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(1892). Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut (online), (p. 15, showing Norwich Cutlery on Shipping street). Sanborn-Perris Map Co. Courtesy Yale University Library. Viewed 21 November 2016. [AAA00480-81] (For other maps, see Norwich area maps online at Yale University Library.) Viewed 21 November 2016. [AAA00482]

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(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), vol 7. [On William Henry Watrous: manager, Plating Department, Rogers Brothers, Waterbury; acquired Norwich Cutlery; President of Watrous Manufacturing Company, (pp. 296-97 and portrait). The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00510-13]

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

B. Norwich Cutlery - secondary source information

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Norwich Cutlery" mention (p. 118). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Norwich Cutlery" [pp. 158; 161 (includes photograph of building (undated); also excerpt above). In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

[1] Norwich Cutlery was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1898. At this juncture, it is not known at Design Meriden if they continued operations under this name after the acquisition. See "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921 (link to library entry)". University of Connecticut university libraries website. Viewed 16 May 2016 [A00660]

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