Rockwell Silver Company design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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The Rockwell Silver Company had its inception in 1907, when it was organized by Lucien Rockwell and E. F. Skinner, who became president... In 1913 the business was reorganized... [w]hile the original employes [sic] numbered six and the floor space of the plant was [1500 sq. ft.], today the business has grown until there are now [24 employees] and the plant has been increased to include [11,250 sq. ft.] of floor space.

— Everett G. Hill in A modern history of New Haven and eastern New Haven County, v. II, (1918), p. 298. (See entry below.)

Rockwell Silver Company design catalogues and historical information

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Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1907-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)


Historical information

Hill, Everett G. (1918). Wells Rockwell biography, Rockwell Silver Company treasurer and general manager, (p. 298). [Includes basic information about the company.] In A modern history of New Haven and eastern New Haven County, v. II. 907 pp. New York; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. (See excerpt at top of webpage. Viewed 20 November 2016. A00802-03.)


Patent - process of applying color to metalized articles

Edward H. Schiffer, assignor to Rockwell Silver Company. (9 May 1933; filed 9 May 1931). Patent no. 1,908,061; serial no. 536,148: Process of applying color to metalized articles. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01077.)



Rockwell Silver Company. [Collection of papers], 1947-1989. 1 folder with 11 items. Meriden, CT. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00655.)


Design catalogue

Rockwell Silver Company. (1971). [Catalogue]. 21 pp. Meriden, CT. ("Not a manufacturer, but decorator of glass.") (Updated 17 April 2017. A00654.)

Design brochure reprint

Rockwell Silver Company. (c. 1973?). [Brochure-catalogue]. 6 pp. Reprinted in 1998-2002?; Meridian, ID; M. Birkinbine. (Updated 17 April 2017. A00655.)


Rockwell Silver Co. in 1990 exhibition

(c. 1990). Book / exhibition catalogue: Sumptuous Surrounds: Silver Overlay on Ceramic and Glass, The Collection of Warren Gilson at Milwaukee Art Museum, WI (16 February - 27 May 1990). 60 pp. (Also at Newark Museum, NJ, dates unknown.) (Updated 13 June 2017. A01367; A01486; AAA00550; G00001. DM.)


Secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Rockwell Silver Company", Silver City Glass Co., "Decorex Industries, Inc.", (pp. 57, 201). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 17 August 2017. A02876; A02913; A02913b; A02913c.)

"Organized in 1905... Prior to his founding of Rockwell Silver, Lucien Rockwell had been a salesman for Chapman Manufacturing Co... They merged with Silver City Glass Co. in 1978 to form Decorex Industries, Inc." (Excerpt from above.)

Rockwell Silver Co. in 2005-07 exhibition

Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. [Includes Barbour Silver Company designs.] 392 pp. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

> Exhibition venues: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art; The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.


Rockwell Silver Co. in 2011 exhibition

(c. 2011). Webpages related to exhibition Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: American Glass from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY (19 May - 31 December 2011). (Updated 3 July 2017. A00194; A02739.)

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Ephemera and other primary sources

Rockwell Silver Company; J. Stanley Brothers. (undated). Rockwell Silver Company ephemera and other primary sources. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00172.)

On Rockwell Silver - 1: designs in collections, etc. | 2: design catalogues, etc.

This compilation is currently in development. We are compiling scattered resources across North America and beyond with the goal of identifying a complete set. This initiative aims to enable more productive research and facilitate new discoveries. If you know of original documentation not listed below, please contact artdesigncafe.