Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. historical design catalogues and other documentation (2016)

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (founded 1866) design catalogues and other documentation [1]

A. Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. design catalogues

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (186?). Price list of Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.’s heavy plated Argentine, Silver Ring and Finish, Albata, and Britannia spoons. Wallingford, CT; 6 pp. Viewed 18 June 2016. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61p TC. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00883]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (186?). Price list of Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.’s heavy plated Argentine, Silver Ring and Finish, Albata, and Britannia spoons. Wallingford, CT; 6 pp. “Reprint” in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3114) (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3114. (See worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00868; A00871; A00881-82] [2]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1869). Price list of improved electro plated wares. Wallingford, CT; 90 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61q TC*. Viewed 3 April 2016. [A00307]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1872). Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.’s catalogue of improved electro plated ware. Wallington [sic], CT, 112 pp. Toronto Public Library. Toronto Public Library call no. 739.2383 S382.2. Viewed 3 April 2016. [A00306]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1873). Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co’s catalogue of improved electro plated ware [trade catalogue]. Wallingford, CT; 138 pp. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, call no. Y795 S613 S873 F. Viewed 3 April 2016. [A00302]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1878). Illustrated catalogue and price list of fine electro silver plated ware: Heavily plated on white metal and nickel silver. 186 pp. Columbia University call no. AT7315 Si58 1878 F; Library of Congress control no. ltf91036266; Yale University call no. Folio 297. Viewed 3 April 2016. [A00303-05]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1878-93). Price List no. 46. Silver Plated Spoons, Forks, Knives, Etc... [trade catalogue]. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 58.623.1. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00625]

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Wm. Rogers; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1879). Complete illustrated pocket price list... finest quality only of silver electro-plated spoons, forks, etc. Wallingford, CT; 103 pp. New York Historical Society call no. TS680 .R65 1879. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00626]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of fine electro silver plated ware, heavily plated on white metal and nickel silver. Wallingford, CT, 92 pp. ("Published as an appendix to the Co.’s 1878 catalog".) Victoria & Albert Museum / National Art Library ref. no. L817-1988; Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 63.642; Columbia University call no. AT7315 Si58 1879 F. Viewed 3 April 2016. [A00299-301]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1881). Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., manufacturers of the finest quality electro silver plated hollow ware: in great variety. ("Appendix no. 4, August, 1881". Also includes Wm. Rogers knives and spoons; adverts on back cover for Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co, and Hall, Elton & Co forks; and additional appendix no. 5, October 1881.) 84 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. F974.62 W212 si 1881 - offline. (Copy in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 20 April 2016. [A00979; C00001-21]

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Simpson, Hall & Co. (1884). [Catalogue]. 262 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no FF974.62 W212si 1884 - offline. Viewed 20 April 2016. [C00001-36]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1886). Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., manufacturers of the finest quality electro plated ware. 128 pp. (“The company also had offices in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Montreal and Australia.”) Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61e* TC. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00620]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1887). [Catalogue]. Wallingford, CT, 168 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61a F TC. Viewed 3 April 2016. [A00296]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1887). [Catalogue]. Wallingford, CT, 168 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [A00518-19; A00902] [3]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1889). Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: Manufacturers of the finest quality electro plate ware (1890). 72 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. Q974.62 W212si1889 - offline. Viewed 26 June 2016. [AAA00019; C00001-03].

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1890). [Catalogue]. 1 volume, various pagings. (“Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, contents of a Meriden Britannia Co. catalog pub. about 5 years later.”) Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61c* TC. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00618]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1890). [Catalogue] [Pocket ed.]. 204 pp. (“Our forks, spoons, etc., are manufactured under the personal supervision of Mr. Wm. Rogers” – Winterthur trade catalogue book). Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61 TC. Viewed 10 May 2016 [A00619]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1890). [Catalogue] [Pocket ed.]. 204 pp. (“Our forks, spoons, etc., are manufactured under the personal supervision of Mr. Wm. Rogers”.) “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [A00518; A00902; A00906] [4]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1891). [Catalogue for 1891]. Wallington [sic], CT, 432 pp. Toronto Public Library call no. 739.2383 S382. Viewed 3 April 2016. [A00297]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1891). Catalogue and price list of the Wm. Rogers spoons, forks, knives, etc. in extra, triple, and sectional plates [catalogue no. 27]. 138 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61r* TC. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00907]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1891). Catalogue and price list of the Wm. Rogers spoons, forks, knives, etc. in extra, triple, and sectional plates [catalogue no. 27]. 138 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00902; A00906] [5]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1894). Catalogue and price list of the Wm. Rogers spoons, forks, knives, etc.: in extra, triple and sectional plates [trade catalogue]. 138 pp. Wallingford, CT. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 642.7 S613c, No. 27. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00624]

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Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1895). Price list of Britannia & planished goods. West Meriden, CT; 64 pp. ("Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, the contents of a Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. catalog published about five years earlier.") Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56h* TC. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00333]

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Meriden Britannia Company (c. 1895). Price list of Britannia & planished goods. ("Contents of catalog duplicate, in part, the contents of a Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company catalog published about five years earlier. In 1898 these two firms joined with several others to form the International Silver Company.") 64 pp. "Reprint" in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3100). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3100. (See worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889; A00895-96] [6]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1896). Catalogue of prize cups [trade catalogue]. Wallingford, CT; 58 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 739.23 S613c, 1896. Viewed 3 April 2016. [A00298]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (personally supervised by Wm. Rogers (Jr.). (late 19th century). Fine goods: Superior patterns of flatware. (CHS catalogue had this listed as: Price-list of silver-plated articles made by…) 14 pp. Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT / Supported by Design Meriden. Viewed 1 June 2016. [C00001-08; A00729] [7]

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International Silver Company. (ca. 1920). International sterling dresser silver: Artistry, quality, value. 40 pp. (Catalog includes mirrors, hairbrushes, combs, scissors, toilet sets, travelling cases, and military sets.; The International Silver Co. succeeded Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.) Wallingford, CT. Metropolitan Museum of Art call no. NK7199 .I61 1920 Q; Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK 7199 I61 F TC. [A00474-75]

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International Silver Company. (1927). International sterling hollow ware. 403 pp. (“It presents in section L, the products of Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. ... In section W are shown the ... products of the Wilcox & Evertsen factory ... Section P illustrates ... pieces made by the Watrous Mfg. Co. factory"—Foreword). New York Public Library call no. 3-MNO+ (International Silver Company, Meriden, Conn. International sterling hollow ware. 1927); Oxford University, England Aleph System Number: 013250805. Viewed 3 May 2016. [A00525-26]

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International Silver Company. (1929). International sterling hollowware (Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox & Evertsen; Watrous Manufacturing Company) (deluxe edition). Approx. 447 pp. Meriden Historical Society. (Copy in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe.com library offline). Viewed 17 September 2016. [AAA00157-61]



Other trade catalogues without precise years of publication

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (undated). [Dealer’s catalogue of silverplated ware]. No imprint, no title page, number of pages not indicated. Connecticut Historical Society call no. F974.62 W212si n.d.#1 - offline. Viewed 26 June 2016. [C00001-04]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (undated). [Catalogue of sterling silver toilet sets, jewel boxes, etc.]. Number of pages unknown. Wallingford, CT. Yale University call no. 1974 Folio 10. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00623]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (19??). Quality silver plate: Simpson, Hall, Miller Company Limited. 11 leaves. Toronto, ON. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, call no. NK7241 .C3 S55 1900z. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00623]



B. Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. - Other historical documentation

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

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Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co." section, building illustration and portrait of Simpson (pp. 475, 478-79). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780. (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) 1086 pp. Courtesy University of California Libaries. Meriden: Published by the author. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00793-94]

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(1885). Wallingford, Conn. map, (p. 3 showing Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. on Centre Street.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 4 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 22 November 2016. [AAA00493-44]. For other maps, see the historical Meriden area maps online webpage.)

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Beckford, William Hale. (1887). Leading business men of New Haven (county) [“Wallingford” and “Leading business men of Wallingford” (pp. 265-70), including description of Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (with product illustration).] 284 pp. Mercantile Pub. Co.: Boston. Courtesy The Library of Congress. Viewed 17 June 2016. [A00858-59]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co." [including building illustration; founder profile], pp. 3, 26. In Souvenir History of Wallingford, Connecticut, 1895. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Cornell University. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00805-06]

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Hall, Henry. (1895). “Samuel Simpson”, (1814-94), owner/manufacturer, Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (pp. 710-11). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. Courtesy University of California, Berkeley. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00394-95]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. / International Silver Co. (1910). [A book published by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: for the purpose of setting forth the peculiar excellencies and rare qualities of a new colonial pattern in sterling silver ware called Shirley: in honour of His Majesty’s colonial governour of Massachusetts in 1754] 24 pp. Brown University call no. NK7241.5.S56 A4 1910. Viewed 30 November 2016. [A01285]



C. Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. - Key secondary sources

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Jones, Timothy. (1981). From byways to boardrooms: business organization in the metal tableware industry, 1807-1898. BA thesis, Williams College, Williamstown, MA; 124 pp. (Subjects include Samuel Simpson; Horace Wilcox; Robert Wallace; Wallace Silversmiths). Wallingford Library (CT) call no. R 739.509 JONES]. Viewed 5 April 2016. [A00334]

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Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. 392 pp. ISBN: 0-300-10927-x. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) Multiple locations: see worldcat.org.

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Preece, Robert. (28 September 2016). Jewel Stern interview: Modernist silver from Meriden-Wallingford. Design Meriden at artdesigncafe.com, 1(2).



Footnotes:
[1] Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., Wallingford, was founded in 1866, was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1899. [See (a) Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver, page 355. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press; and (b) "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921". University of Connecticut university libraries website.] Viewed 16 May 2016. [A00660 and A00666]

[2] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2, (entry no. 3114). 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00868; A00871] (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.)

[3] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980. [Entry no. 1685, p. 293]. Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 19 June 2016. (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.) [A00518-19]

[4] See footnote no. 3. Entry no. 1686, p. 294. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00906]

[5] See footnote no. 3. Entry no. 1687, p. 294. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00906]

[6] See footnote no. 2. Entry no. 3100. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00868; A00889]

[7] This text is essential reading for anyone interested in the confusing “Rogers” situation for silver in CT at the time. Wm. Rogers (Jr) offers a lengthy account.



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