Watrous Manufacturing Company design catalogues and 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. (See entry below.)

A. Watrous Manufacturing Co. design catalogues and historical information [1]

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Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1896-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)


(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.)


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.


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.)

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.)

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.


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.)


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.

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.)

[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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