Watrous Manufacturing Company designs, exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 15 May 2016 | Updated 2 September 2018


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"WATROUS MFG. CO, Wallingford, Conn.
The business known as the Watrous Mfg. Co. when it was incorporated in 1896 had been started many years before as Maltby, Stevens & Company. The company’s principal product was German Silver spoon blanks, which were sold to others to be plated and trademarked for the market. The bulk of the production was sold to the Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. in Hartford. After 1898, [Watrous Mfg. Co. became part of the International Silver Company, and] the company added smaller articles and novelties to their lines which were made in Sterling Silver and distributed through regular trade channels. In 1938 production of many of the articles produced there was transferred to Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., but still used the Watrous trademark. It was a popular brand for many years."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), pp. 164-65. (See entry below.)


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A. Watrous Manufacturing Co. designs in collections [1]


1890s

after 1896 - infant cup

Watrous Manufacturing Company. (after 1896). Infant Cup. (Accession no. 1980.54.40. Viewed 16 July 2016. AAA00034-25.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

c. 1896-98 - collapsible cup

Watrous Manufacturing Company. (c. 1896-98). Collapsible cup. Silver. (Accession no. 1990.56.104. Viewed 30 March 2017. A01842.)



Watrous Mfg. Co. became part of the International Silver Company in 1898. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the Watrous Mfg. Co. division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).



1900s

c. 1900 - matchsafe

Watrous Manufacturing Company / (possibly ISC). (c. 1900). Neo-Egyptian motifs matchsafe. Silver. (Accession no. 1980-14-1353. Viewed 30 May 2016. D00154.)


B. Watrous Manufacturing Co. designs at auction


1890s

late 19th c. - ink blotter

Watrous Mfg. Co. (late 19th century). Ink blotter. (Viewed 30 May 2016. D00155.)

c. 1899 - vesta case

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (late 19th / early 20th century). Vesta case. Sterling silver. (Viewed 30 May 2016. D00156.)


1900s

20th c. - pair of reticulated tazza

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (ISC). (20th century). Pair of reticulated tazza. Sterling silver. (Viewed 30 May 2016. D00157.)


n. d.

n. d. - photo locket

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Pendant photo locket. (Viewed 30 May 2016. D00158.)

n. d. - two photo frames

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Two photo frames. Sterling-mounted. (Viewed 30 May 2016. D00159.)

n. d. - pitcher and sugar bowl

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Set cream pitcher and open sugar bowl. Silver. (Viewed 2 June 2016. F00001.)

n. d. - child’s cup

Presumably Watrous Manufacturing Co. (undated; late 19th / early 20th century). Child’s cup. (Viewed 15 July 2018. G02749).

n. d. - napkin ring

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Napkin ring. (Viewed 11 June 2016. F00019.)

n. d. - coffee spoon

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Disneyland souvenir coffee spoon. (Viewed 11 June 2016. F00020.)

n. d. - compote

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Compote. Silver. (Viewed 2 June 2016. F00002.)

n. d. - caster

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Caster. Silver. (Viewed 2 June 2016. F00003.)

n. d. - two casters

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Two baluster casters. Silver. (Viewed 2 June 2016. F00004.)

n. d. - jigger

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Jigger. (Viewed June 2016. F00005.)

n. d. - candy bowl

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Circular candy bowl. (Viewed June 2016. A00765.)

n. d. - three casters

Watrous Mfg. Co. / (possibly ISC). (undated). Set, three small casters. (Viewed June 2016. A00766.)


C. Watrous Manufacturing Co. designs in exhibitions


1970s 22 November - 26 December 1971. Art Nouveau at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. (Undated sterling silver blotter by Watrous Mfg. Co. exhibited.) (Viewed 13 April 2017. A02200-01; AAA00590.)


D. Watrous Manufacturing Co. design catalogues and historical information


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1890s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1896-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

1897 - map

(1897). Wallingford, New Haven Co., Conn. map, (pdf p. 6, Map 7, showing Watrous Manufacturing on Hall Avenue.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 7 leaves. (Viewed 22 November 2016. AAA004.)

1897 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, etc.

Gustav Strohhaker, assignor to Watrous Manufacturing Company. (8 June 1897; filed 24 April 1897). Design no. 27,165; serial no. 633,808: Design for a handle for spoons, etc. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01664).

1898 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, forks, etc.

Gustav Strohhaker, assignor to Watrous Manufacturing Company. (28 June 1898; filed 23 May 1898). Design no. 28,923; serial no. 681,512: Design for a handle for spoons, forks, etc. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01665).



Watrous Mfg. Co. became part of the International Silver Company in 1898. After this date, it is assumed that any design patents utilized by the Watrous Mfg. Co. division or brand were assigned to the International Silver Company. (See the ISC historical documentation page).



1900s

1903 advertisements

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1903 - two advertisements

International Silver Company. (January-February 1903). Advertisements: "Makers of Wares of Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., Manhattan Silver Plate Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01135; G01151.)

1903 - four advertisements

International Silver Company. (March-June 1903). Advertisements: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co., Middletown Plate Co. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01154; G01159; .)



1905 advertisements

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1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (4 October 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Watrous Mfg. Co.; with illustration of product design]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 27. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00386.)

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (25 October 1905). Advertisement [including listing of Watrous Mfg. Co.; with product illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 33. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00399).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 November 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Watrous Mfg. Co.; with product illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 31. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00253).

1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (8 November 1905). Advertisement: "... Many new and seasonable goods..." [includes listing of Watrous Mfg. Co.; no illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 37. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00257).



1909 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 September 1909). Advertisement: "Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Cut Glass... Factories: The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., 1847 Rogers Bros., Rogers & Brother; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 31. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00475.)


1910s

1914? - design catalogue

Watrous Manufacturing Company / (ISC). (1914?). Price list of sterling silver vanity cases, card cases, coin holders, purses, cigarette cases… napkins rings shown in catalogue no. 203P and supplements revised January 1, 1914. 4 pp. (Viewed 15 May 2016. C00001-19.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 739.23 W337p.


1920s

c. 1920 - historical information

(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol. 7. [On William Henry Watrous: manager, Plating Department, Rogers Brothers, Waterbury; acquired Norwich Cutlery; President of Watrous Manufacturing Company, (pp. 296-97 and portrait).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00510-13.)

1927 - historical information

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). (Updated 21 April 2017. A00525-26; A00658-59; A00759-61; AAA00355-57.)

1929 - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (1929). International sterling hollowware (Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox & Evertsen; Watrous Manufacturing Company) (deluxe edition). Approx. 447 pp. (Viewed 17 September 2016. AAA00157-61. DM.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.


1930s

c. 1930s - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (c. 1930s). ["Black post bound catalog"]. [Includes designs by Watrous Mfg. Co., including Art Deco.] Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00202-02).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1935 / 1938 - design catalogue

La Pierre Mfg. Co. / International Silver Company. (c. 1935 / 1938). [Black post bound catalog]. ["La Pierre and Watrous items".] Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 31 July 2018. C00201-12).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1937-38 - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (c. 1937-38). ["Black post bound catalog"]. [Includes designs by La Pierre and Watrous Sterling.] Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 29 July 2018. C00202-01).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.


1940s

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Watrous Mfg. Co." mentions, (pp. 118, 119, 318). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver 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 B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".



1970s

c. 1971 - Watrous Mfg. Co. in Virginia exhibition

(c. 1971). Brochure with exhibition checklist for Art Nouveau at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. (Exhibition dates: 22 November - 26 December 1971. Undated sterling silver blotter by Watrous Mfg. Co. exhibited.) (Viewed 13 April 2017. A02200-01; AAA00590.)

  • Offline - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts library / archive, Richmond.

1977 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Watrous Manufacturing Company" [pp. 48; 55; 57; 158; 164-65 (photo of building, 1943; also see excerpt above)]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


2000s

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Watrous Mfg. Co."; Maltby, Stevens and Curtiss (predecessor); Maltby, Steven & Company (predecessor), supplier to Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. (pp. 266-7). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 17 August 2017. A02891a,b.)


Footnote:
[1] Watrous Manufacturing Company, Wallingford, was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1898. [See "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]