Charles Parker Company designs in collections, at auction and in exhibitions

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A. Charles Parker Company designs in collections (by year) [1]


1820s

1790-1820 - tablespoon

Charles Parker Company. (1790-1820). Tablespoon. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1968.0281. Viewed 29 March 2017. A01828.)

1800-30 - two teaspoons

Charles Parker Company. (1800-30). Two teaspoons. Silver. (Accession no. 1984.0005.068.001-002. Viewed 29 March 2017. A01837-38.)

  • Winterthur Museum, Delaware (spoon 1; 2).

c. 1825 - spectacles case

C. Parker. (c. 1825). Spectacles case. Iron, felt. (Accession no. 1985.84.196.2. Viewed 22 March 2016. B00031.)


1830s

1835-1855 - teapot

Charles Parker Company. (1835-1855). Teapot. Spun and seamed Britannia metal, wood, black paint. (Accession no. 1966.159.0. Viewed 16 July 2016. AAA00033-150.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.


1840s

1840-60 - teaspoon

Charles Parker Company. (1840-60). Teaspoon. Silver. (Accession no. 1977.0027. Viewed 29 March 2017. A01833.)


1850s

c. 1850-76 - tablespoon

Charles Parker and Company. (c. 1850-76). Tablespoon. Pewter. (Accession no. 1978.56.12. Viewed 27 March 2017. A01793.)


1860s

1860 - spectacles case

C. Parker. (1860). Spectacles case. (Accession no. 1985.84.195.2. Viewed 27 March 2017. A01798.)

1860 - eyeglasses

C. Parker. (1860). Eyeglasses. (Accession no. 1995.474. Viewed 10 October 2017. G01239.)

patented 1860 - eyeglasses case

C. Parker. (patented 1860). Eyeglasses case. (Cat. no. 1998.062.0004A. Viewed 19 July 2018. A03055).

c. 1860 - spectacles case

C. Parker & Co. (c. 1860). Spectacles case. Silver electroplated on white metal. (Accession no. P1963-121-8b. Viewed 14 March 2016. A00104.)

c. 1860 - eyeglasses case

C. Parker. (c. 1860). Spectacles case. Tin, felt. (Accession no. 1977.747. Viewed 10 October 2017. G01240.)

patented 1860 - eyeglasses case

C. Parker. (patented 1860). Eyeglasses case. (Cat. no. 1954.2066. Viewed 3 August 2018. H00209).

c. 1860 - eyeglasses and case

C. Parker. (c. 1860). Eyeglasses and case. (Cat. no. 1974.38.17. Viewed 12 July 2018. G02643).

c. 1860 - two spoons

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1860). Two spoons. Metal. (Accession nos. HD 69.1009; HD 69.1010. Viewed 6 July 2018. G02320).

patented 1860 - snuff box

C. Parker. (patented 1860). Snuff box. Accession no. 1981.258.95. Viewed 27 July 2018. H00044).

1860-70 - eyeglasses case

Charles Parker Company. (1860-70). Eyeglasses case. Sheet iron, cotton. (Accession no. 1958.2530. Viewed 29 March 2017. A01824.)

1860-70 - snuff box

Charles Parker Company. (1860-70). Snuff box. (Accession no. HD P.503. Viewed 6 July 2018. G02321-22).

1860-80 - eyeglasses case

Charles Parker Company. (1860-80). Eyeglasses case. Silver plate on brass, metal, velvet. (Accession no. 1964.1199. Viewed 29 March 2017. A01827.)

1860-80 - eyeglasses case

Charles Parker Company. (1860-80). Eyeglasses case. Silver, cloth. (Accession no. 1983.0244.017. Viewed 29 March 2017. A01836.)

c. 1865 - two dinner forks

C. Parker. (c. 1865). Two dinner forks. [Call no. 2002.6.29.3(-.4). Viewed 28 August 2018. J00193-94].

c. 1868 - coffee mill

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1868). Coffee mill. Wood, metal. (Object ID no. 2004.176. Viewed 25 August 2018. J00107).

1868-80 - wall matchbox

C. Parker. (1868-80). Wall matchbox. Cast iron. (Object no. 1937.1533. Viewed 11 June 2017. A02717.)

1860-1900 - coffee mill

Probably Charles Parker Company. (1860-1900). Coffee mill. (Cat ID no. 1955.38.1. Viewed 11 August 2018. L00019).


1870s

1870-80 - match dispenser

C. Parker. (1870-80). Match dispenser. Iron. (Object no. INV.728. Viewed 10 June 2017. A02674.)

1870-1900 - food chopper

C. Parker Company. (1870-1900). Food chopper. (Accession no. H.1963.88.297. Viewed 10 June 2017. A02655.)

c. 1873 - eyeglass case

C. Parker. (c. 1873). Eyeglass case. (Cat. no. 1956.024.009. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02214-15).

1875-95 - novelty clock

Parker and Whipple Company. (1875-95). Novelty clock. Brass, tin, glass. (Accession no. 84.83.57. Viewed 2 September 2017. G00122.)

c. 1876 - part of coffee mill

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1876). Part of coffee mill. Metal. (Cat. no. 1988.003.0087. Viewed 14 July 2018. G02694).



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1880s

c. 1880 - table

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1880). Table. Brass, other metals, wood, fabric. Accession no. 85.12.1. (Viewed 24 May 2016. D00142.)

c. 1880 - caster stand

Parker, Casper & Company. (c. 1880). Caster stand. (Accession no. 1993.78.1. Viewed 20 July 2016. A01086.)

c. 1880 - spring-pull, fabric shade

Meriden Curtain Fixture Co. (c. 1880). Spring-pull, fabric shade. (Accession no. 1966.2202. Viewed 23 August 2018. L00716).

c. 1880 - coffee grinder

Probably Charles Parker Company. (c. 1880). Coffee grinder and lid. [Object ID no. 76.75.15(-.15.A - .15.B). Viewed 5 August 2018. H00325-37].

c. 1880 - coffee grinder

Probably Charles Parker Company. (c. 1880). Coffee grinder. (Object ID no. 76.75.15.C. Viewed 5 August 2018. H00324).

1880-1900 - novelty clock

Parker & Whipple Co. (1880-1900). Novelty clock. (Accession no. 84.83.59. Viewed 2 September 2017. G00129.)

1880-1900 - novelty clock

Parker & Whipple Co. (1880-1900). Novelty clock. (Accession no. 84.83.60. Viewed 2 September 2017. G00130.)

1880-1900 - novelty clock

Parker & Whipple Co. (1880-1900). Novelty clock. (Accession no. 84.83.58. Viewed 2 September 2017. G00128.)

c. 1882 - hanging shelf

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1882). Hanging shelf. Brass, partially patinated and silver plated, with velvet. (Accession no. 1995.8.1. Viewed 22 March 2016. B00030.)

c. 1885 - hanging shelf

The Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Hanging shelf. Brass, silver and other metallic plates, iron, other metals, wood, modern fabric. (Accession no. 2001.22. Updated 21 April 2018. G02081.)

c. 1885 - teaspoon

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Teaspoon, pattern unknown. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1989.107.2. Viewed 1 April 2017. A01883.)

c. 1885 - dinner fork

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Dinner fork. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1989.107.2. Viewed 24 May 2016. D00144-45.)

c. 1885 - side chair

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Side chair. Brass, other metals, wood, modern textile. (Accession no. 2012.17. Viewed 24 May 2016. D00143.)

c. 1885 - table

The Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Table. Brass, silver and other metallic plates, iron, other metals, wood, original fabric. (Updated 21 April 2018. G02082.)

c. 1885 - table

The Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Table. Brass with silver and other metallic plating, iron, wood, and replaced silk velvet. (Object no. 2:2006. Viewed 19 July 2016. A01061.)

c. 1885 - table

Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Table. Brass, leather. (Museum no. W.7-1988. Viewed 25 August 2018. J00140).

c. 1885 - table

The Charles Parker Company and Meriden Britannia Company. (c. 1885). Table. Brass, marble, silver and other metallic plates, other metals. (Accession nos. 1989.9.A-B. Viewed 14 March 2016. A00102-03.)


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1890s

1890-1900 - parlor lamp

Possibly Charles Parker Company. (1890-1900). Parlor lamp. (Accession no. 1979.30.6. Viewed 28 July 2018. H00042).

1890-1910 - mantel clock

Parker Clock Company. (1890-1910). Mantel clock. (Catalogue no. 2000.21.258. Viewed 2 September 2017. G00121.)

1890-1920 - coffee mill

Charles Parker Company. (1890-1920). Coffee mill, (no. 431). (cat no. 2006.058.0042. Viewed 3 July 2018. G02141; G02150).

1894-1915 - piano stool with glass-balled feet

Charles Parker Company. (1894-1915). Piano stool with glass-balled feet. (Accession no. 1980.239.768. Viewed 28 July 2018. H00041).

late 19th c. - jewel casket

Attributed to Charles Parker Company. (late 19th century). Jewel casket. Chased and cast brass, mirror, velvet and silk. (Accession no. 2009.7a-b. Viewed 27 August 2018. J00179).


1900s

1900 - coffee mill

Charles Parker Company. (1900). Coffee mill. Wood, metal. (Cat. no. P81.250. Viewed 25 August 2018. J00110).

c. 1903 - alarm clock

Parker Clock Company. (c. 1903). Alarm clock. (Catalogue no. 75.1.83. Viewed 1 September 2017. G00118.)

c. 1905 - alarm clock

Parker Clock Company. (c. 1905). Alarm clock. (Catalogue no. 79.88.1. Viewed 1 September 2017. G00119.)

c. 1906 - shelf clock

Parker Clock Company. (c. 1906). Shelf clock. (Catalogue no. 80.18.1. Viewed 1 September 2017. G00120.)

c. 1906 - coffee mill

Possibly Charles Parker Company. (c. 1906). Coffee mill. (Cat ID no. X94.027.1. Viewed 11 August 2018. L00020).


1930s

1930 - coffee mill

Charles Parker Company. (1930). Coffee mill. Cast iron. (Cat. no. 1978.015.0002. Viewed 12 July 2018. G02637-38).


1940s

1945 - wall mirror

Charles Parker Company. (1945). Wall mirror (original to Walter Gropius House, Lincoln, MA). Glass, steel. (Accession no. 1984.122. Viewed 10 October 2017. G01237.)

1945 - wall mirror

Charles Parker Company. (1945). Wall mirror (original to Walter Gropius House, Lincoln, MA). Glass, steel, chrome. (Accession no. 1984.341. Viewed 10 October 2017. G01238.)




n. d.

n. d. - kerosene lamp

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Kerosene lamp. (Cat. no. 2010.001.0131. Viewed 12 July 2018. G02640-41).

n. d. - clock

Probably [Charles] Parker [Company]. (undated). Clock. (Cat. no. 84.83.61. Viewed 25 August 2018. J00111-12).

n. d. - coffee grinder

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Coffee grinder. Metal, wood. (Cat. no. A1992.514.2. Viewed 19 July 2018. A03056-57).

n. d. - alarm clock

Parker Clock Company. (undated). Alarm clock. (Object ID no. H.1122.5. Viewed 5 August 2018. H00328-29).

n. d. - coffee grinder

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Coffee grinder. (Cat. no. MP.2007.001.002. Viewed 25 August 2018. J00113-14).

n. d. - coffee grinder

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Coffee grinder. (Object ID no. H.6792.10. Viewed 5 August 2018. H00340).

n. d. - coffee mill, wall model

Charles Parker Company. (undated). Coffee mill, wall model. (Cat. no. X3827. Viewed 23 August 2018. L00715).

n. d. - fork

C. Parker. (undated). Fork. Silver plate. (Cat. no. 0985.05.00073. Viewed 12 July 2018. G02639).


B. Charles Parker Company designs at auction


1880s

c. 1880 - stand

Attributed to Charles Parker Company. (c. 1880). Aesthetic brass and silvered metal stand. (Viewed 27 April 2016. A00443.)

c. 1885 - console

Attributed to Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Console. Gilt metal and brass. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02771-72).

c. 1885 - pair of side chairs

Attributed to Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Pair of side chairs. Brass and silvered metal. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02773-74).

c. 1885 - table

Attributed to Charles Parker Company. (c. 1885). Table. Brass and silvered metal. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02775-76).


C. Charles Parker Company designs in exhibitions


1870s

1876 - Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia

10 May - 10 November 1876. Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia.

See: (1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [Listed: Meriden Curtain Fixture Co. (President: Charles Parker) (p. 28). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.] 134 pp. S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia. [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; exhibitors include Meriden Curtain-Fixture Company, (President: Charles Parker)]. 380 pp. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)


1880s

1889 - Charles Parker Co. in Meriden opera house exhibition

10 October 1889. Exposition at Delavan Opera House, Meriden, on the occasion of the visit of the International American Congress.

> Exhibited various Charles Parker Co. items, but actual designs unspecified.

See: (10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [including section on Charles Parker Co. exhibited wares]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00751-59).

"The Charles Parker Company exhibited some fine specimens in their line, consisting of piano, banquet and table lamps; chairs with upholstered seats, divans, floor cabinets, hall racks, easels, music racks, piano stools, umbrella stools, umbrella stands, oak jewel box trimmed with brass or oxidized silver, brass pedestals, etc. The hardware display was a feature, iron vises, coffee mills, spoons, cabinet locks and wood screws making it up." (Excerpt from above.)



1890s

1893 - World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago

1 May - 30 October 1893. World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago.

See: World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893, Official catalogue, Part VIII [Listed: Meriden Curtain Fixture Co., (President: Charles Parker) (p. 23).] W. B. Conkey Company: Chicago. (Viewed 4 August 2016. A00850-56.)

Also see: (1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. [Listed: Meriden Curtain & Fixture Co. (p. 128)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01528-31.)


1940s

1949 - Museum of Modern Art

12 April - 30 October 1949. The house in the museum garden (by Marcel Breuer) at Museum of Modern Art, New York. (Updated 6 May 2018. AAA02153; AAA02943-44.)

> Exhibited Charles Parker Company bathroom cabinets and accessories.


1960s

1969 - New Haven exhibition

c. April - 14 June 1969. An exhibition of Connecticut pewter at New Haven Colony Historical Society (now the New Haven Museum), New Haven, CT.

> Exhibited design by Charles Parker and Company. (c. 1849). Teapot. (Private lender).


1970s

1973 - Eastern States Exposition

c. September 1973. Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA. (Viewed 23 October 2016. AAA00375-77.)


1990s

1994-95 - Dallas Museum of Art

6 November 1994 - 29 January 1995. Silver in America, 1840-1940: A century of splendor at the Dallas Museum of Art. Curated by Charles L. Venable. (Viewed 21 August 2016. AAA00075.)


2000s

2005-07 - Utica and New York City exhibitions

2 venues: 2006-07. A Brass Menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement. Curated by Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York (2 October 2005 - 19 March 2006); Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York, NY (12 July - 14 October 2007). (DM; Viewed 10 March 2016. A00008-09.)


2010s

2016-17 - Cornell and Sacramento exhibitions

2 venues: 2016-17. JapanAmerica: Points of contact, 1876-1970 at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (27 August - 18 December 2016); Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (12 February - 21 May 2017). (Updated 22 January 2017. A01431-33; AAA00551-55.)


Footnote:
[1] Regarding "active 1832-1957", see D’Ambrosio, Anna Tobin. (2005). Brass menagerie: Metalwork of the aesthetic movement. Utica, NY: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. (ISBN: 0915895293), page 42. [A00692]