Silver City Glass Co. designs, exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information (2017)

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"Silver City Cut Glass Co. / Silver City Glass Co.
Established in 1905 in [a] building on Hicks Street, [Meriden, CT, the company] was later on Colony Street. [The company] produced high grade cut glass tableware, ornamental pieces such as vases, lamps, etc. [with] excellent workmanship. Three practical glasscutters formed [the] partnership, Percy Phoenix, A. Abercumos and Joseph Schnick. In 1920, Carl A. Schultz, cutting shop [foreman] at that time, bought out the business and continued operations on North Colony Street. Later, Schultz purchased the Delaney Building on Charles Street where the business is still carried on. Mr. Schultz passed away in 1961. His son Robert is now President of the company, now know as the Silver City Glass Company. [1/95 notation: Last listed in Meriden City Directory in 1984.]

— Mollie C. Nolan. (October 1967). "Early glass craftsmen in Meriden" (unpublished document). (See entry below.)



A. Silver City Glass Co. (1905-84) designs in collections


Info/photo status: = info and photo online
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= completely offline


1930s

c. 1930 - saucer

Diamond Glass-ware Co., and Silver City Glass Co. (silver trim). (c. 1930). Saucer with silver trim. (Cat. no. 2016.4.2. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02189-90).

c. 1930 - luncheon plate

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1930). Luncheon plate, with silver trim. (Cat. no. 2016.4.3. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02257-58).


1950s

c. 1951-78 - candy dish

Styled by Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Candy dish. Glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 04.9.97. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02163-64).

c. 1951-78 - relish dish

Styled by Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Relish dish. Glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2013.129.6. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02245-46).

c. 1951-78 - relish dish

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Relish dish. Glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2016.68.2. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02253-54).

c. 1951-78 - lamp chimney

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Lamp chimney. Clear glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2013.129.9. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02249).

c. 1951-78 - glass frog

Styled by Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Glass frog. Glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2013.129.3a-b. Viewed 5 July 2018. G02260).

c. 1951-78 - candy dish

Styled by Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Candy dish, no. 1141. Glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2013.129.1. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02244).

c. 1951-78 - ashtray

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Ashtray, with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2013.129.5. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02243).

c. 1951-78 - tumbler with silver overlay

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Tumbler with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2013.129.8. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02238).

c. 1951-78 - decorative bowl

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Decorative bowl. (Cat. no. 04.9.179. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02240).

c. 1951-78 - candy dish

Styled by Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Candy dish. (Cat. no. 2013.129.2a-b. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02188).

c. 1951-78 - Serving bowl with silver overlay

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Serving bowl with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2013.129.7. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02185).

c. 1955 - jelly dish

Viking Glass Company / Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1955). Jelly dish. Clear glass. (Cat. no. 04.9.97. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02162).

c. 1955-56 - ashtray

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1955-56). Ashtray, no. 983. Clear glass, with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2016.4.1. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02251-52).

c. 1958-65 - sugar bowl

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1958-65). Sugar bowl. Glass. (Cat. no. 2016.1.627. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02186-87).

c. 1959-78 - vase with silver overlay

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1959-78). Vase with silver overlay, no. 30. (Cat. no. 2013.129.4. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02197).


1960s

c. 1962 - decorative bowl

Styled by Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1962). Decorative bowl. Glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2015.1.247. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02250).


1970s

1970 - Christmas plate

Silver City Glass Co. (1970). Christmas plate. Clear glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2012.194.2. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02194-96).

1970 - Christmas plate

Silver City Glass Co. (1970). Christmas plate. Clear glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2015.29.11. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02247).

1970 - Christmas plate

Silver City Glass Co. (1970). Christmas plate. Clear glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2015.29.15. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02256).

1970-81 - vase

Silver City Glass Co. (1970-81). Vase. Glass. (Accession no. 84.4.195. Viewed 3 September 2017. G00142.)

1971 - Christmas plate

Silver City Glass Co. (1971). Christmas plate, with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2015.29.12. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02242).

1971 - Christmas plate

Silver City Glass Co. (1971). Christmas plate, with silver tray. (Cat. no. 2015.29.13. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02241).

1972 - Christmas plate

Silver City Glass Co. (1972). Christmas plate. Clear glass with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2013.158.1. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02248).

1972 - Christmas plate

Silver City Glass Co. (1972). Christmas plate, clear with silver overlay. (Cat. no. 2015.29.14. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02239).

c. 1973 - ashtray

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1973). Ashtray. Glass with gold decoration. (Cat. no. 2017.1.353. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02255).

c. 1970s - decorative bowl

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1970s). Decorative bowl. Glass, silver. (Cat. no. 2015.1.518. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02191-93).


B. Silver City Glass Co. designs in exhibitions


1930s

1939 - exhibit at G. Fox & Co.

21 January 1939 - date unknown. G. Fox & Co. Housewares Exhibition, presumably Hartford, CT. (Viewed 21 October 2018. D00350-51).

> Glass engraving and depositing silver on glass demonstrations by Silver City Glass Co., and presumably exhibited designs.

  • See documentation in design catalogues and historical information below.


C. Silver City Glass Co. design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1900s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1905-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

1905 - news mention

(June 1905). News mention: Silver City Cut Glass Company opens. House Furnishing Review, p. 405. (Viewed 2 October 2017. G01003.)

1905-1920 - ephemera

Silver City Glass Co. (1905-1920). Ephemera (unspecified). In The Jay and Micki Doros collection of ephemera and documents concerning glass-related companies and subjects. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00171.)

1906 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Silver City Cut Glass Co." sub-section (pp. 212-22, including portraits of Percy Phoenix, A. Abercunos [sic?], and Joseph Schnick). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 3 September 2017. G00143-45.)


1910s

c. 1911 - historical information

(c. 1911). "Silver City Cut Glass Co." section, (p. 11, including photo of building). In Meriden Illustrated. William S. Kline & Company: Kinderhook, NY. (Viewed 3 September 2017. G00146.)

1918 - map

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including listing of "Silver City Cut Glass Co... 123 Hicks Street".] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 3 September 2017. G00147.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical glass companies from the Meriden area on the historical Meriden design overview page. Scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions - Meriden Cut Glass Company" and C: "Other featured companies". Please note that many of the listed historical silver companies also at times included glass in their designs.



1920s

1926 - advertisement

Samuel Newson & Co., Hartford, CT. (5 December 1926). Advertisement: "... We fortunately purchased the entire surplus stock of art glassware from the Silver City Glass Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. Hartford Courant, p. A10, cols. 5-8. (D00304-05).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1929 - advertisement

Stephens Jeweler, presumably Lowville, NY. (5 December 1929). Advertisement: "... Silver City Glass... " [with no relevant illustrations]. The Journal and Republican (Lowville, New York). presumably p. 2, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01044).


1930s

1939 - two spotlighted advertisements - in G. Fox & Co. exposition

G. Fox & Co., presumably Hartford, CT. (20, 22 January 1939). Advertisement: "Tomorrow / Now showing G. Fox & Co.’s first housewares exposition, more than 100 vivid exhibits..." Hartford Courant. (Viewed 21 October 2018. D00350-51).

  • Offline - 20 January 1939, p. 3; 22 January 1939, p. 8. (See worldcat.org for locations.)

"Glass Engraver. See a demonstration of the incredible skill and craftsmanship involved in decorating and monogramming glass. (Silver City Glass Company)... Silver Deposits. See the fascinating steps in depositing silver on glass. See how the design is transferred, covered with wax, made ready for the acid bath— where the silver is deposited, and treated so that it won’t tarnish. (Silver City Glass Company)" (Excerpt from above.)



1940s

1940 - advertisement

Kaller’s Jewelry Store, Patchogue, NY. (3 May 1940). Advertisement: "Kaller has everything for the bride... Silver City Glass Co. ..." [with no illustration]. The Suffolk County News (Sayville, New York), p. 2, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01045).

1940 - patent - combined container and ashtray

Carl A. Schultz, assignor to Silver City Glass Co. (30 January 1940; filed 5 February 1938). Patent no. 2,188,692; serial no. 188,861: Combined container and ashtray. (Viewed 11 March 2018. AAA01078.)

1940-73 - collection of papers

Silver City Glass Co.; J. Stanley Brothers. (1940-73). Collection of papers (122 items). (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00168.)

1949 - design catalogue

Silver City Glass Co. (1949). Silver city: Sterling on crystal 1949 catalog. 14 pp. (Viewed 3 September 2017. G00148-49.)


1950s

c. 1951-78 - trade sign

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1951-78). Trade sign. (Cat. no. 2016.1.585. Viewed 5 July 2018. G02259).

1952-65 - advertisements, reprints

Silver City Glass Co. (1952-65). Advertisements [1952-65]. In Silver City Glass Company (electronic resource), compiled by Philip L. Hopper. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00167.)

1953 - advertisement

Van Cott Jeweler, Binghampton, NY. (26 April 1953). Advertisement: "She wants gifts of ... Crystal... Silver City Glass... [with no relevant illustrations]. The Sunday Press (Binghampton, NY), p. 2-B, cols. 2-5. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01030-31).


1956 articles

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1956 - news mention

(29 February 1956). Meriden firm elects new officer slate [with mention: "... Carl A. Schultz is the new president of the company, and his brother, William N. Schultz, is treasurer..." Hartford Courant, p. 12D. (Viewed 21 October 2018. D00355).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1956 - news mention

(14 October 1956). Agency notes [with brief mention: "... The Charles Palm & Co., Inc., Bloomfield, Conn., has been appointed advertising agency for the Silver City Glass Company, Meriden, Conn. ..." Hartford Courant, p. 10A. (Viewed 21 October 2018. D00356).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.



1956 - advertisement

Haldeman’s Jewelers, presumably Saranac Lake, NY. (1 June 1956). Advertisement: "Haldeman’s presents Bridal Dept. 1956... Silver City Glass... [with no related illustrations]. Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, New York), p. 3, cols. . (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01043).


1960s

1960 - design catalogue reprint

Silver City Glass Co. (1960). [Catalogue]. Reprinted, perhaps partially, pp. 1-35, two pages per leaf, M. Birkinbine: Meridian, ID, (c. 1998-2002), 17 pp. (Viewed 3 September 2017. G00150.)

1960-75? - design catalogue

Silver City Glass Co. (1960-75?). Silver City memories in sterling-on-crystal. 24 pp. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00154.)

1961 - news mention

(20 September 1961). Exchange ambassadors on tour of Manhattan. Hartford Courant, p. 3. (Viewed 21 October 2018. D00357).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

"... visit is co-sponsored by the [Greater Hartford People to People Council] and The Courant... will take back with them [to Birmingham, England] a load of unsolicited gifts... [including unspecified design(s) by the] Silver City Glass Co. ... " (Excerpt from above.)


1961 - article

(11 October 1961). Carl A. Schultz [president of the Silver City Glass Co.] dies: Headed Meriden firm. Hartford Courant, p. 12B. (Viewed 22 October 2018. D00358).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

c. 1962 - design catalogue reprint

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1962). Sterling on crystal non-tarnish: gold on crystal 22K. Reprinted c. 2000. 26 pp. West Virginia Museum of American Glass: Weston, WV. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00170.)

c. 1962 - design catalogue - photocopy

Silver City Glass Co. (c. 1962). Silver City catalogue, price list and supplement (photocopy). 24 pp. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00166.)

1963 - newspaper article

Nolan, Mollie C. (15 August 1963). Skilled workmen from many lands made Meriden center of glass cutting industry at turn of century. The Morning Record, (p. 12 & 23). [Mentions J. D. Bergen Co.; Meriden Cut Glass Co. / Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Meriden Flint Glass Co.; C. F. Monroe; J. J. Niland Co.; Silver City Glass Co.] (Viewed 2 September 2017. AAA00614.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.
  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, Meriden newspapers on microfiche

"... the firm produced very fine tableware and ornamental items. The concern continued to expand adding relative lines combining cutting with silver decorating..." (Excerpt from article above.)


1964 - advertisement

Eileen’s China Shop, presumably Amsterdam, NY. (21 October 1964). Advertisement: "... Silver City Glass... " [with no relevant illustration]. Evening Recorder (Amsterdam, NY), page unknown, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01008).

  • Online - fultonhistory.com. (Search the archive, "Amsterdam NY Daily Democrat and Recorder 1964 Sep-Oct Grayscale - 0734", and scroll down for the link.)

1966 - advertisement

The Fair Store, Binghampton, NY. (16 December 1966). Advertisement: "... One of the many pieces of beautiful Silver City glass at The Fair! ..." [with photo illustration]. Press (Binghampton, NY), p. 4-A. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01009-10).

1967 - secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (October 1967). Early glass craftsmen in Meriden. Unpublished document: summaries of company activities including "Silver City Cut Glass Co. / Silver City Glass Co." 4 pp. (See full excerpt at top of this webpage. Viewed 3 September 2017. AAA00632.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.

1969 - advertisement

Hamburgh House, Hamburg, NY. (21 May 1969). Advertisement: "Grand opening... Sterling on Crystal by Silver City Glass... " Photo News (Hamburg, NY), p. 7, cols. 1-3. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01028).


1970s

1972 - advertisement

H. W. Rathbun, Jeweler, Ticonderoga, New York. (14 April 1972). Advertisement: "... Silver City Glass... " [with no related illustrations]. Press Republican (Plattsburgh, New York), p. 11, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01042).

1973 - advertisement

Empsall’s Department Store, Watertown, NY. (6 April 1973). Advertisement: "... A gift for every occasion, Silver City Glass... sterling on crystal..." [with three photo illustrations]. Watertown Daily Times (New York), p.8, cols. 3-4. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01025-26).

  • Online - fultonhistory.com. (Search the archive, "Watertown NY Daily Times April 1973 Grayscale - 0125", and scroll down for the link.)

1975 - article

Bernstein, Ed. (27 July 1975). Silver valued at $100,000 is stolen at firm (Silver City Glass Co.). Hartford Courant, p. 1. (Viewed 18 October 2018. B01176).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

"About $100,000 in silver was stolen in a break discovered Thursday morning at Silver City Glass Co. Inc. police said. A company spokesman said the silver was in the form of bars of about six or seven pounds each. ... (Excerpt from above.


1980s

1980-86 - design catalogue

Silver City Glass Co. (1980-86). Since 1907: glass specialties, giftware, custom decorating. 12 pp. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00165.)

1981 - advertisement

Silver City Glass Annex Store, Conn. Silver Co. Division. (19 March 1981). Advertisement: "... Gold Plated and Silver Plated Ware, Pewter..." Hartford Courant, p. A24. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00365).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1982 - advertisement

Silver City Glass / [presumably] Rockwell [Silver Co.] Factory Store / Gift Shop, 122 Charles St., Meriden. (29 April 1982). Advertisement: "... Sterling & Gold on Crystal Barware... Glass Tableware... " [with no illustrations]. Hartford Courant, p. C10. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00366).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1983 - advertisement

Silver City Glass / [presumably] Rockwell [Silver Co.] Factory Store / Gift Shop. (24 April 1983). Advertisement: "... Sterling on Gold and Crystal Barware... Glass Tableware... " [with no illustrations]. Hartford Courant, p. E4. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00367).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


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 [Company], 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.)


2006 - newsletter article

Ludwig, Walter. (June 2006). "Silver City Glass Company". Heisey News, 35(7), pp. 14-15. (Includes three reprinted advertisements.) (Viewed 3 September 2017. G00151-53.)


2010s

2012 - secondary source

Tobin, Diane. (2012). "Silver City Cut Glass Company" listing. In The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass, "Meriden Glass Companies" section. Charleston, SC: The History Press. (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00696.)


n. d.

n. d. - private collector website with over 25 photos of designs

(Undated). silvercityglass.com: private collector website with over 25 photos of designs. (Viewed 12 October 2018. B00964-79).

n. d. - brochure

Silver City Glass Co. (undated). Sumptuous Crystal : so desirable to give ... or to own. 1 folded sheet. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00169.)

n. d. - ephemera and other primary sources

Silver City Glass Co.; J. Stanley Brothers. (undated). Silver City Glass Co. ephemera and other primary sources. (Viewed 4 September 2017. G00172.)


Footnote:
[1] This dating "1905-84" comes from Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. (See appendix: Meriden Glass Companies). Charleston, SC: The History Press. (ISBN 978.1.61423.833.1). Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00696]