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

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SIMPSON, HALL, MILLER & CO., Wallingford, Conn.
In 1866, [Samuel Simpson] started another business in Wallingford under the name of Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. In 1878, when the last contract between Wm. Rogers, Jr. and the Meriden Britannia Co. expired, Simpson made a fifteen year agreement with Rogers to supervise production and marketing of a brand called (Eagle) Wm. Rogers (Star). Although this mark had been used on coin silver by the original Rogers brothers, this was the first use on silverplate. In 1895, a few years before the International Silver Co. was formed, the company started making sterling silver. Eventually the entire plant was devoted to sterling, both flatware and holloware."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company (1977), pp. 162-63.


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

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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. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61p TC (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations). Updated 21 April 2017. [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* (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 call no. 739.2383 S382.2 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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; 155 pp. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, call no. Y795 S613 S873 F (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry); Library of Congress control no. ltf91036266; Yale University call no. Folio 297 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A00303-05]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1878). Reprinted page showing 4 sardine boxes, a mustard pot, cheese dish and gravy boat (1878). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 85). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 20 April 2017. [DM]

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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 (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry); Columbia University call no. AT7315 Si58 1879 F (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [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. Viewed 20 April 2016. [A00979; C00001-21] [DM]

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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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A00620]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1886). Two reprinted pages showing 16 designs for napkin rings from catalogue (1886). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 32-3). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 20 April 2017. [DM]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1887). [Catalogue]. Wallingford, CT, 168 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61a F TC (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A00296]

simpson hall miller and company

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 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Updated 21 April 2017. [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] [DM]

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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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Updated 21 April 2017. [A00518; A00902; A00906] [4]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1891). [Catalogue for 1891]. Wallington [sic], CT, 432 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline; Toronto Public Library call no. 739.2383 S382 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A00297; AAA00570-087]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1891). Reprinted illustrations showing 4 children’s bowls from catalogue. (1891). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 105). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 20 April 2017. [DM]

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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 (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A00298]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (personally supervised by Wm. Rogers (Jr.). (late 19th century). Fine goods: Superior patterns of flatware (online). (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]

Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. became a part of the International Silver Company in 1899.

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International Silver Company. (c. 1905). Jeanne d’Arc. 26 pp. Wallingford, Conn.: International Silver Co. New York State Library call no. 940.026092 J62 96-19518; Harvard University library, HOLLIS no. 009299874 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A00523; A02241]

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American Silver Plate Co. (a division of Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.) / (ISC). (1898-1915). Silver plated hollow ware [no. 39] [trade catalogue]. 70 pp. Wallingford, CT. Corning Museum of Glass call no. Tableware: American Silver Plate Co., Wallingford, CT, USA (f-2238T) (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A01327]

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International Silver Company. (c. 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 (link to library entry); Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK 7199 I61 F TC (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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) (link to library entry); Oxford University, England Aleph System Number: 013250805. Updated 21 April 2017. [A00525-26; A00658-59; A00759-61; AAA00355-57]

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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 - offline. Viewed 17 September 2016. [AAA00157-61] [DM]



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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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." (online) 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. (online) 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) (online) [“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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(1891). "Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co." adverts. In Hardware (online). [24 January 1891: p. 21; 31 January 1891: p. 21; 7 February 1891; p. 21. Search for more in the pdf document online.] Courtesy University of Toronto. Viewed 4 March 2017. [A01585-86; A01589-92]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co." (online) [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) (online), 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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [A01285]



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

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Meriden Silver [Plating] Co. mentions, (pp. 119, 314). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.", [pp. 36; 37; 43; 157; 162-63 (including two photos of buildings, c. 1870 and c. 1965)]. In An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co." mentions, [pp. 17 (at 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition), 23 (call bells), 27 (napkin rings), 29 (photo of napkin ring, 1879), 32-3 (two pages reprinted, napkin rings, 1886 catalogue), 38 (ice pitchers), 44 (photo of butter dish, c. 1886), 48 (dinner casters), 65 (photo of "Venetian nut bowl", 1887), 70-3 (tea sets, with photo of teapots: c. 1872, 1878, c. 1895), 74-5 (spoon holders, with photo of design, 1878), 84-5 (sardine boxes, includes page from 1878 catalogue), 111 (card receivers), 113 (jewel caskets), 119 (bride’s baskets), 128 (photo of ewer from lavatory sets), 130 (illustration of ewer and bowl, undated), 142 (bathroom ware - hand mirrors, etc.), 145 (illustration of American Silver Plate Co designs, c. 1915)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM] [8]

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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 (link to library entry). Updated 21 April 2017. [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.) Yale University Library, call no. Yns72 2005 S73+ Oversize (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Preece, Robert. (28 September 2016). Jewel Stern interview: Modernist silver from Meriden-Wallingford (online). 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 (link to library entry)". 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 (online), (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 (online). [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.

[8] See Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [DM]. American Silverplate Company is identified as a "secondary brand" of the Simpson, Hall, Miller and Co. concerning the marketing of toiletware c. 1894-86, (pp. 141-42). University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 20 April 2017. [DM]



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