Wilcox Silver Plate Co. historical design catalogues and other historical documentation (2016)

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"WILCOX SILVER PLATE CO., Meriden, Conn.
This company was originally organized in 1865 as the Wilcox Britannia Co. and in 1867 changed its name to Wilcox Silver Plate Co. They made silverplated hollowware and in 1869, took over Parker & Casper, a small hollowware concern. The Wilcox factory confined its production to silverplated hollowware which compared favorably with anything on the market at the time. A cut glass department was begun in 1885 and continued in operation for about twenty-five years. When Wilcox Silver Plate Co. was taken over by International Silver Co. in 1898, its lines were continued, with the later addition of the Barbour and Webster lines of silverplated hollowware. The factory was closed in 1941, but the brand continues today [as of 1977].... The trademark was changed to Webster-Wilcox in 1960."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company(1977), p. 164.


A. Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1867-c. 1960) design catalogues [1]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1868). Price list of electro plate: Manufactured by the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. West Meriden, CT; 56 pp. Yale University call no. 2009 Folio 59 (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00259]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (August 1868). First appendix… Price list of August, 1868. 41 pp. Connecticut Historical Society - offline, Hartford, CT, call no. F974.62 M651f. Viewed 28 June 2016. [C00001-43].

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1868). Reprinted illustration showing "porcupine toothpick holder" from catalogue. (1868). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 82). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [DM]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1877). Illustrated catalogue and price list of Perfection granite ironware, britannia, copper and planished goods, nickel and silver plated ware: Manufactured by the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. 117 pp. Missouri State Museum, St. Louis, call no. Trade catalog Wilcox Silver (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A01014]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (c. 1880). Wilcox Silver Plate Co.’s illustrated catalogue and price list of staple goods, electro gold and silver plated, on nickel silver and white metal. Meriden, 148 pp. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, NMAH call no. 046185; University of Delaware call no. FOLIO+ Trade Catalog (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00260; A01013]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (c. 1880). [photocopy of trade catalogue]. Meriden, CT. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, record ID SILNMAHTL_39546 (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A01435]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1886). Wilcox Silver Plate Co’s illustrated catalogue and price list of staple goods: Electro gold and silver plated on nickel silver and white metal. Meriden, CT; 147 pp. Brooklyn Museum of Art call no. NK7241.5 W64 (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00261]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1886). Reprinted illustrations showing 3-5 tables lamps with decorated glass shades from catalogue. (1886). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 127). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [DM]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (undated/1894?). Illustrated catalogue and price list of perfection granite ironware, britannia, copper and planished goods, nickel and silver plated ware. West Meriden, CT; 117 pp. New York State Library call no. 671 fW667 (Search the library catalogue.) Viewed 2 April 2016. [A00262]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (c. 1895). Reprint: “Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Cut glass ware, also quadruple silver plated ware” In: Brilliant cut glass catalogs: New England Glass Works 1884, Wilcox 1895, Standard Engraving & Cut Glass 1916, Pitkin & Brooks 1917, Burley & Tyrrell 1912, Alford 1903. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. TP868 B85k (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Viewed 11 April 2017. [A02151]


The Wilcox Silver Plate Company became part of the International Silver Company in 1898.


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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Factory N, Meriden, CT, USA. / International Silver Company. (190?). “Catalogue #2”. New York; 32 pp. Corning Museum of Glass call no. "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00265]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / (ISC). (c. 1898-1920). Illustrated catalogue and price list of staple goods: Electro gold and silver plated, on nickel silver and white metal (online). 56 pp. Courtesy Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. Bib. id. 72815. (Click photo at bottom to see catalogue.) Viewed 2 April 2016. [A00263; AAA00013]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / (ISC). (c. 1910-12). Trophy book. 31 pp; 18 pp. supplements. Brown University library call no. 2-SIZE NK7198.W55 T76 1910z (link to library entry). Viewed 22 April 2017. [A02242]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / (ISC). (c. 1930). [Catalog]. 1 vol. looseleaf. Meriden, CT. Winterthur Museum call no. NK7240 W66* TC (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00266]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / (ISC). (1930). [Catalog]. Meriden, CT; 1 vol. looseleaf. “Reprint” in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3123). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3123 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00868; A00886-88] [2]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / (ISC). (1930). [Catalog]. Meriden, CT; 1 vol. looseleaf. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Updated 11 April 2017. [A00518; A00902; A00905] [3]

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International Silver Company / Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (c. 1930s). Binder of individual sheets showing designs (presumably for sales presentation purposes). 377 pp. [Includes sheets showing the following designs: Lobel’s tea set, Saarinen’s tea urn, Theobold’s tea set, Modern Priscilla tea set, etc.] Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 22 October 2016. [AAA00369] [DM]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (undated). [Cut glass, sterling mounted]. 395 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 20 February 2017. [AAA00570 - 090]

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International Silver Company / Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (undated). "Albemarle" service. 4 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 20 February 2017. [AAA00570 - 066]


In either 1960 or 1963, Wlicox Silver Plate Co. merged under the trademark of "Webster-Wilcox". Both years are noted in Edmund P. Hogan (1977). An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company, pp. 164 & 170.


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International Silver Company. (undated, but after c. 1960 when W-W was formed). Webster-Wilcox silverplated hollowware (cat no. WW55). 126 pp. Los Angeles Public Library call no. 739.1 I61 1955 folio (link to library entry). [Current online catalogue record incomplete.] Updated 11 April 2017. [A01476]

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International Silver Company. (after c. 1960). Fine silver plated holloware .. / Webster-Wilcox Division, The International Silver Company. 16 pp. [DM questions the CHS dating of 1947 as Webster-Wilcox was formed after c. 1960]. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 739.2283 I61c, 1947 (link to library entry). Updated 12 January 2017 [A00288; A00527]



B. Wilcox Silver Plate Co. - other historical documentation

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(1867-). 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.

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Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." (online) mention (pp. 494). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780. (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) 1086 pp. Courtesy University of California Libaries. Meriden: Published by the author. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00793-94]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1881). Yorktown centennial / compliments of Wilcox Silver Plate Company. 14 pp. (Commemorative book on the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown, published by Wilcox Silver Plate Company (1781-1881). Connecticut Historical Society call no. Q974.62 M651wy - offline. (Search worldcat.org for more locations.) Viewed 28 June 2016. [C00014-02]

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(1884). Meriden, Connecticut (online) map, (p. 14 showing corner of Pratt and Myrtle streets and the Wilcox Silver Plate Co.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 21 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00008]. For other maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / J.G. Sowerby and H.H. Emmerson. (1885?). Afternoon tea. Number of pages unknown. Meriden, CT. Harvard, Hollis no. 006932494 (link to library entry). Updated 11 April 2017. [A00677]

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D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Wilcox Silver Plate Co.” (online) (page 212). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Viewed 20 April 2016. [A00415-16]

"WILCOX SILVER PLATE CO.: Manufacturers of the finest Electro-Plate. President, A. L. Collins; Secretary and Treasurer, S. Dodd. Show Room, No. 6 Maiden Lane, New York."

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (189?). Twelve hours in a day: Some for work, some for play. Meriden, CT; 12 unnumbered pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. PR3991 W66; Brown University call no. 76-01 TW4645 (link to library entry); Smithsonian Institution call no. PR3991.A1 T84 1890z. Updated 11 April 2017. [A01009-11]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." (online) sub-section including illustration of building (pp. 44-47). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Wilcox Silver Plate management: Henry B. Beach (director) (pp. 284-86 including portrait); George Redfield Curtis (director) (pp. 305-08 including portrait); Isaac Chauncey Lewis (director) (pp. 354-58 including portrait). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation (online), (Part II). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (undated). Illustrated almanac… Yale University call no. 1971 S16 (link to library entry). Updated 11 November 2017. [A01012]



C. Wilcox Silver Plate Co. - secondary sources

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Wilcox Brittania" mention, (p. 80). 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]

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." mentions, (pp. 80, 112, 118). 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]

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Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Jedediah Wilcox, Horace C. Wilcox, Rogers brothers, Meriden Britannia Company and Wilcox Silver Plate Co., (pp. 86-91). In 150 years of Meriden (online). Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). Courtesy of University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT. Viewed 27 November 2016. [A00789-90]

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Revi, Albert Christian (Ed.). (c. 1974). Spinning wheel’s collectible glass. 158 pp. [See sub-entry: “International Silver Company (Meriden Cut Glass Company; Wilcox Silver Plate Company” listed in survey book context.] Castle Books: Secaucus, NJ. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK5104 R45s (link to library entry). Viewed 17 April 2017. [A02236]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." mentions, [pp. 43; 70; 157; 164 (photo of building (c. 1905); also excerpt above)]. In An American heritage: A book on 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]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." mentions, [pp. 12 (photo of satin-engraved mustache cup, 1895), 23 (call bells), 26-7 (Napkin rings, incl. photo of design, 1884), 29 (photo of combination napkin ring, c. 1873), 36-8 (ice pitcher and Tilters, including photos of design, 1873 and 1885), 43-4 (butter dishes, including photo of design, c. 1884), 48 (dinner casters), 51 (photo of dinner caster design, 1871), 54-57 (pickle casters, including 15 photos of designs, c 1871-82), 58-61 (cracker or buscuit jars, including 10 photos of designs by either WSPC or Middletown Plate, c. 1880), 64 (photos of two nut bowls, 1886 and 1880), 74 (photo of spoon holder, 1880), 78 (photo of two spoon holders, c. 1884 and c. 1880), 82 (toothpick holder with illustration of design, 1868), 84 (sardine box), 104 (photo of child’s cup by Superior Silver Co., 1890), 111 (card receivers), 112 (photo of jewel casket, 1884), 115 (photo of jewel casket, c. 1896), 117 (photo of jewel casket, c. 1896), 119-21 (bride’s basket, including photos of designs, 1886 and c. 1896), 123 (kerosene lamps), 125 (9 illustrations of kerosense lamps from undated trade catalogues), 127 (illustrations of 3-5 kerosense lamps from 1886 trade catalogue), 133 (illustration of lavatory set in Art Nouveau style, undated). 142 (toilet ware — handmirrors, etc.)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [DM] [4]

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Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). Photo of Jedediah Wilcox mansion, (p. 59). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. Yale University Library, call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [A00804] [DM]

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Franco, Jan Leach. (2010). Photo of Jedediah Wilcox mansion, 816 Broad Street, (p. 43). In: Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. ISBN: 978-0-7385-7332-8. Viewed 15 December 2016.

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Butkus, Paul. (19 March 2016). The famed Wilcox mansion and its demise (online). [On the mansion owned by Jedediah Wilcox (Wilcox Silver Plate Co. founder) and later Charles Parker, with video lecture by Brian Cofrancesco.] Design Meriden at artdesigncafe.com, 1(1).



Footnotes:
[1] Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden, was active 1867, was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1898, until c. 1960. [See (a) Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver, page 353. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press; and (b) "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921 (link to library entry)". University of Connecticut university libraries website.] Viewed 15 May 2016. [A00660 and A00662]

[2] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2 (online), (entry no. 3123). 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. [A00868; A00886] (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.)

[3] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980 (online). [Entry no. 1704, p. 296]. Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 19 June 2016. (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.) [A00518; A00905]

[4] See Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. "Superior Silver (Plate) Company" is identified as a "secondary brand" of the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. concerning the marketing of toiletware c. 1894-86, (pp. 141-42). University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [DM]



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