Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford, CT) historical design catalogues and other historical information (2016)

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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.

A. Watrous Manufacturing Co. design catalogues [1]

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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. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 739.23 W337p - offline. Viewed 15 May 2016. [C00001-19]

watrous manufacturing company wallingford ct

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 11 April 2017. [A00525-26; A00658-59; A00759-61; AAA00355-57]

watrous manufacturing company wallingford ct

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]



B. Watrous Manufacturing Co. — other historical information

watrous manufacturing company wallingford ct

(1897). Wallingford, New Haven Co., Conn. (online) map, (pdf p. 6, Map 7, showing Watrous Manufacturing on Hall Avenue.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 7 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 22 November 2016. [AAA004]. For other maps, see the historical Meriden area maps online webpage.)

watrous manufacturing company wallingford ct

(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), 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. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00510-13]

watrous manufacturing company wallingford ct

(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.



C. Watrous Manufacturing Co. — secondary source information

watrous manufacturing company wallingford ct

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Watrous Mfg. Co." mentions, (pp. 118, 119, 318). 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 19 April 2017. [DM]

watrous manufacturing company wallingford ct

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. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [DM]


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]



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