Norwich Cutlery historical information (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 16 May 2016 | Updated 18 August 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.

Norwich Cutlery historical documentation (1889-1938)

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Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1889-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

Company records

International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. [International Silver Company]. [Including Norwich Cutlery (Norwich).] (Updated 11 April 2017. A00419.)

University of Connecticut, Storrs, call no. 1980.0008.



(1892). Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut map, (p. 15, showing Norwich Cutlery on Shipping street). Sanborn-Perris Map Co. (Viewed 21 November 2016. AAA00480-81.) (Viewed 21 November 2016. AAA00482.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Norwich Cutlery", (pp. 833, 1025). 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; A02632-33.)


Historical information

(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, 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. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00510-13.)


Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


Secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Norwich Cutlery", Rogers Cutlery Company, (p. 173). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 17 August 2017. A02939.)

"Made cutlery for plating from 1889. Did not use a trademark because they sold their products to other silver manufacturers." (Excerpt from above.)

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(Undated). Norwich Cutlery - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)

[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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