W. W. Lyman - designs, exhibitions and historical information

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artdesigncafé - design | Design Meriden | 24 September 2020 | Updated 25 February 2021



A. W. W. Lyman designs in collections


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1840s

1844-52 - coffee pot

William W. Lyman. (1844-52). Coffee pot. Pewter. (Accession no. 00.7.64. Viewed 27 September 2020. J00781).


B. W. W. Lyman designs in selected auction houses


1840s

c. 1845 - teapot

W. W. Lyman. (c. 1845). Teapot. (Viewed 4 February 2021. L01691).


C. W. W. Lyman designs in exhibitions


1960s

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See our Design Meriden compilation listing over 1000 exhibitions since 1851, featuring historical design associated with the Meriden area.



D. W. W. Lyman - historical information (by year)


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1840s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. ). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines.

1849 - book

Perkins, G.W. (1849). "Appendix 12. Manufactures in Meriden in 1849... Wm. Lyman— Britannia ware of various kinds; 6 hands... " In Historical sketches of Meriden, (pp. 115-17). Franklin E. Hinman: West Meriden. (Viewed 11 June 2016. A00779-80).


1850s

1856 - map

(1856). Map of New Haven County, Connecticut [with marking for W. W. Lyman house and shop]. H & C. T. Smith: Philadelphia. (Viewed 1 October 2020. E01632).


1860s

1869 - article mention

(8 June 1869). The election; Russell S. Gladwin elected mayor ("The vote for mayor... William W. Lyman" [winner]). Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 2. (Viewed 20 January 2020. F01980).


1880s

1881 - directory listing mention

(1881). "Stock Companies" section listing: " Meriden Flint Glass Company; Capital, $50,000. President, William W. Lyman ... " In Meriden directory for 1881; containing a general directory of its citizens, business directory, street directory, (p. 186). Price, Lee & Co.: New Haven, CT. (Viewed 10 October 2020. F01486-88).


1930s

1936 - spotlighted article mention

Snow, William G. (17 April 1936). Meriden’s silverware industry history [with mention of William W. Lyman]. The Meriden Daily Journal [Fiftieth Anniversary issue (1886-1936)], unknown page number. (Viewed 30 December 2020. D01699).

1936 - article mention

(17 April 1936). International Silver Co. [with mention of W. W. Lyman]. The Meriden Daily Journal [Fiftieth Anniversary issue (1886-1936)], unknown page number. (Viewed 25 November 2020. D01700).


1950s

1956 - book mentions

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On William W. Lyman, (pp. 86, 88). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00789-90; E01635-36).

"... [In 1844, Charles] Parker is reported to have been the first local manufacturer to plate spoons and forks. Some hollowware was also made... Ashbil Griswold and others were making pewter kitchen utensils in Meriden as early as 1808... By 1850, Ashbil Griswold, the pioneer, was producing britannia ware in North Meriden or Fraryville. James A. Frary and Couch & Benham made similar wares nearby. In East Meriden, or Bangall, Isaac C. Lewis, George Curtis, and Darius Bingham, Jr. turned out britannia ware in addition to pewter. The Curtises, Edwin E. and Lemuel J., were making britannia on Curtis Street. Enos Curtis had a britannia factory at the north end on Britannia Street. The pewter shop of William W. Lyman was also on Britannia Street. S. L. Cone and L. G. Baldwin were also engaged in Britannia manufacture... Some factories employed 40 or more hands..." (Excerpt from above, p. 84 & 86.)



2000s

2007 - article mention

Turano, Andrew F. and Smith, Robert G. (Summer 2007). Isaac Chauncy Lewis, britannia worker [with mention of Wm. W. Lyman]. The Bulletin (Pewter Collector’s Club of America), vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 3-18. (Viewed 25 February 2021. R01341).



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical companies from the Meriden area, and those that were connected to the International Silver Company; go to the historical Meriden design overview page and scroll down to section D: "ISC, predecessors & divisions", E: "Other featured companies" and G: "Featured early pewter / britannia / silver makers".