Rockwell Silver Company designs, exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 14 May 2016 | Updated 16 April 2018


Rockwell Silver Company design Rockwell Silver Company vase


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.)



A. Rockwell Silver Company designs in collections (by year)


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1920s

1920 - Holmes-designed coffee service

Frank Graham Holmes for Rockwell Silver Company / Lenox China. (1920). Coffee service (coffee pot, sugar bowl, cream pitcher, tray, calling card). (Accession nos. 81.181A-H. (Given as a gift from President and Mrs Woodrow Wilson to Mr and Mrs Lane Kauffmann.) (Updated 23 January 2017. AAA00426-36; AAA00557-561.)

c. 1925-30 - cocktail shaker

Rockwell Silver Company. (c. 1925-30). Cocktail shaker. Opaque and transparent black non-lead glass, free-blown and tooled with sterling silver overlay. (Accession no. 89.25.1. Viewed 14 November 2016. AAA00425-04; AAA00430.)

  • Offline - New Orleans Museum of Art.

c. 1925-30 - six cocktail glasses

Rockwell Silver Company. (c. 1925-30). Six cocktail glasses. Opaque and transparent black and red non-lead glass, free-blown and tooled with sterling silver overlay. (Accession no. 89.25.2. Viewed 14 November 2016. AAA00425-04; AAA00430.)

  • Offline - New Orleans Museum of Art.

1925-35 - vase with flowers

Rockwell Silver Company. (1925-35). Vase with flowers. (Accession no. 84.4.188. Viewed 28 March 2016. A00193.)

1925-35 - bowl with two candlestick holders

Rockwell Silver Company. (1925-35). Bowl with two candlestick holders. Green non-lead glass; pressed, silver decorated. (Accession no. 84.4.191. Viewed 28 March 2016. B00051.)

1925-35 - three-piece console set with gazelle

Rockwell Silver Company / Pairpoint Manufacturing Company / Duncan & Miller Glass Company. (1925-35). Three-piece console set with gazelle. Black non-lead glass and silver decorated electrolytically. (Accession no. 84.4.192. Viewed 28 March 2016. B00052.)

c. 1925-35 - plate

Rockwell Silver Company / Pairpoint Manufacturing Co. (c. 1925-35). Plate. Glass with silver overlay. (Accession no. 1999.47. Viewed 31 March 2016. A00223.)

1925-1938 - vase with gazelle

Rockwell Silver Company / Pairpoint Manufacturing Co. (1925-1938). Vase with gazelle. Silver, glass. (Accession no. 84.4.190. Viewed 27 March 2016. A00177.)

1925-1949 - vase

Rockwell Silver Company / Pairpoint Manufacturing Co. (1925-1949). Vase. Black non-lead glass; blown, silver decorated electrolytically. (Accession no. 84.4.187. Viewed 28 March 2016. A00190.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver companies from the Meriden area on the historical Meriden design overview page. Scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".



1930s

c. 1930 - cup and saucer

Rockwell Silver Company / Lenox China. [c. 1930 (shape introduced c. 1908)]. "Moderne" demitasse cup and saucer. Porcelain with silver overlay. (Accession no. 1997.8.2.A-B. Viewed 31 March 2016. A00222.)

c. 1930 - coffeepot

Rockwell Silver Company / Lenox China. [c. 1930 (shape introduced 1919)]. "Moderne" coffeepot. Porcelain with silver overlay. (Accession no. 1997.8.1.A-B. Viewed 31 March 2016. A00221.)

c. 1930 - plate

Rockwell Silver Company. (c. 1930). Plate. Glass, silver. (Accession no. 1985.35. Viewed 7 April 2016. B00112-06.)

  • Offline - Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

1935-37 - vase

Rockwell Silver Company. (1935-37). Vase. Black non-lead glass; mold-blown. (Accession no. 79.4.280. Viewed 28 March 2016. B00053.)

1935-49 - vase

Rockwell Silver Company. (1935-49). Vase. Black non-lead glass; blown, silver decorated electrolytically. (Accession no. 84.4.186. Viewed 28 March 2016. A00191.)

c. 1930s - vase

Rockwell Silver Company. (c. 1930s). Vase. Blue, poppy silver deposit decal - flux rhodium-coated. (Accession no. 92.002.009. Viewed 8 June 2016. A00755-10.)

  • Offline - Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.


B. Rockwell Silver Company designs in exhibitions

1990s

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


2000s

5 venues: 2005 - 2007. Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design. (Viewed 21 March 2016. A00140.)

> 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.


2010s

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



C. Rockwell Silver Company design catalogues and historical information


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1900s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

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


1910s

1918 - 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.)


1930s

1933 - 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.)


1940s

1947-1989 - papers

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


1970s

1971 - design catalogue

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

c. 1973? - 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.)


1990s

1990 - Rockwell Silver Co. in 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.)


2000s

2004 - 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.)


2005-07 - Rockwell Silver Co. in 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.


2010s

2011 - Rockwell Silver Co. in 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.)


n. d.

n. d. - 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.)


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 concerning the Rockwell Silver Company not listed above, please contact artdesigncafe.