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

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1867-c. 1960) design catalogues and other historical documentation [1]

Introduction, c. 1893:

"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."


— D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Wilcox Silver Plate Co.” (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]



A. Wilcox Silver Plate Co. design catalogues

wilcos silver plate co

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. Viewed 2 April 2016. [A00259]

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

wilcos silver plate co

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. Viewed 28 June 2016. [A01014]

wilcos silver plate co

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. Viewed 28 June 2016. [A00260; A01013]

wilcos silver plate co

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. Viewed 2 April 2016. [A00261]

wilcos silver plate co

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. Viewed 2 April 2016. [A00262]

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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." Viewed 2 April 2016. [A00265]

wilcos silver plate co

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (c. 1898-1920). Illustrated catalogue and price list of staple goods: Electro gold and silver plated, on nickel silver and white metal. 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. (c. 1930). [Catalog]. 1 vol. looseleaf. Meriden, CT. Winterthur Museum call no. NK7240 W66* TC. Viewed 2 April 2016. [A00266]

wilcos silver plate co

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (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. (See worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00868; A00886-88] [2]

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Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (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. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [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). 189 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. (Copy in the Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library— offline.) Viewed 22 October 2016. [AAA00369]



B. Wilcox Silver Plate Co. - other historical documentation

wilcos silver plate co

(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.

wilcos silver plate co

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." 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 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. Viewed 21 May 2016. [A00677]

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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; Smithsonian Institution call no. PR3991.A1 T84 1890z. Viewed 28 June 2016. [A01009-11]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." 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, (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. Viewed 28 June 2016. [A01012]



C. Wilcox Silver Plate Co. - secondary sources

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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. 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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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 call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize. (See worldcat.org for more locations.) Viewed 29 November 2016. [A00804]

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Butkus, Paul. (19 March 2016). The famed Wilcox mansion and its demise. [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).



Footnote:
[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". 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, (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. [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]



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