Wilcox Silver Plate Co. design catalogues and historical information (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.


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


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1860s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1867-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 5 March 2018.)

1868 - price list

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1868). Price list of electro plate: Manufactured by the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [Possibly includes illustrations.] 56 pp. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00259.)

1868 - price list

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (August 1868). First appendix… Price list of August, 1868. [Possibly includes illustrations.] 41 pp. (Viewed 28 June 2016. C00001-43.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. F974.62 M651f.

1868 - design catalogue excerpt

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). (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)

1868 - news mention

(5 August 1868). State correspondence [with "Meriden" section and mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co.] Hartford Courant, p. 2. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00410).

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"The Wilcox Silver Plate company have recently issues a magnificent illustrated catalogue of the wares of their manufacture... some sixty pages... executed, we understand, by the Meriden Designing and Engraving company... " (Excerpt from above.)


1869 - news mention

(4 March 1869). New England news; Connecticut [with "New Haven County" section and mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Company and Parker & Casper]. Hartford Courant, p. 4. (Viewed 21 October 2018. D00409).

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"The consolidation of the manufacturing companies in Meriden, known as the Parker & Casper Company and the Wilcox Silver Plate company which has been contemplated for some time, has now been effected..." (Excerpt from above.)


1869 advertisements

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1869 - advertisement

Messrs. West & Co., No. 80 Washington street, presumably Chicago. (30 March 1869). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. Chicago Tribune, presumably p. 4, col. 4. (Viewed 28 September 2018. B00547).

1869 - three advertisements

(June 1869). Advertisement: "Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ... Salesroom, No. 21 Maiden Lane, New York..." [no illustrations]. The New York Tribune. (Viewed 6 October 2018. B00784; B00786-87).



1870s

1870 - historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." mention, (p. 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.) (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)


1873 articles

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1873 - news mention

(3 December 1873). The pride of Lexington; a magnificent display of goods for the Christmas holidays [at Messrs. Grimes & Venable, presumably Lexington, Missouri; with mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co.] Lexington Weekly Intelligencer (Lexington, Missouri), presumably p. 3, col. 4. (Viewed 28 September 2018. B00548).

1873 - news mention

(18 December 1873). Christmas is coming!! Where to ho to buy presents for the occasion [at Marshall and Cady, presumably Rutland, Vermont, with mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co.] Rutland Weekly Herald (Rutland, VT), p. 5, col. 3. (Viewed 28 September 2018. B00549-50).



1875 patents

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1875 - patent - improvements in toilet-casters

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (13 April 1875; filed 16 December 1874). Letters patent no. 162,006: Improvements in toilet-casters. (Viewed 13 March 2018. AAA01117.)

1875 - patent - improvements in spoon-holders

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (26 October 1875; filed 5 August 1875). Letters patent no. 169,224: Improvements in spoon-holders. (Viewed 13 March 2018. AAA01119.)



1877 patents

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1877 - patent - improvements in covered pitchers

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (4 September 1877; filed 30 June 1877). Letters patent no. 194,858: Improvements in covered pitchers. (Viewed 13 March 2018. AAA01118.)

1877 - patent - improvement in covered articles of plated ware

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (16 October 1877; filed 2 October 1877). Letters patent no. 196,180: Improvement in covered articles of plated ware. (Viewed 13 March 2018. AAA01120.)



1877 - design catalogue

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. (Updated 11 April 2017. A01014.)


1878 advertisements

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1878 - two advertisements

Vosbury Bros., Binghampton, NY. (26 April, 3 May 1878). Advertisement: "We keep the largest and finest stock of Silver and Plated Ware ever shown in Binghampton... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. The Union News (Union, New York). (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01059-60).

1878 - six advertisements

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (November - December 1878). Advertisement: "Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Manufacturers of Superior Electro-Plated Ware, No. 21 Maiden Lane, New York. Factories, Meriden, Ct., A full assortment of elegant goods at attractive prices" [no illustrations]. New York Daily Tribune. (Viewed 22 September 2018. B00349; B00372-76).



1878 patents

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1878 - patent - improvement in covered butter-dishes

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (8 January 1878; filed 19 December 1877). Letters patent no. 199,010: Improvement in covered butter-dishes. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01552).

1878 - patent - improvement in covered butter-dishes

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (29 January 1878; filed 14 January 1878). Letters patent no. 199,772: Improvement in covered butter-dishes. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01553).

1878 - patent - improvements in covered dishes

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (11 June 1878; filed 25 May 1878). Letters patent no. 204,784: Improvements in covered dishes. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01557).

1878 - patent - improvement in pitchers.

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (13 August 1878; filed 26 July 1878). Letters patent no. 206,997: Improvement in pitchers. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01558).

1878 - patent - improvement in waiters

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (27 August 1878; filed 26 July 1878). Letters patent no. 207,475: Improvement in waiters. (Viewed 26 March 2018. AAA01559).



1879 - news mention

(March 1879). Trade gossip (including mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co. moving their show room, from no. 21 to no. 6 Maiden Lane, in New York). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 5. (Viewed 7 September 2018. C00281.)


1879 advertisements

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1879 - five advertisements

Wilcox Silver Plate Co., New York / West Meriden, CT. (November - December 1879). Advertisement: "... Manufacturers of Plated Tea Sets, Porcelain Lined Ice Pitchers, Castors, Waiters... " The Rock Island Argus (Rock Island, Illinois). Viewed 15 October 2018. B01081-84).

1879 - three advertisements

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (December 1879). Advertisement: "Silver plated ware; Elegant display of new designs in novelties for wedding and holiday gifts; manufactured by Wilcox Silver Plate Co., 6 Maiden Lane" [New York] [with no illustrations.] New York Tribune. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00581-83).



1879 - patent - improvement in ice-pitchers

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (30 September 1879). Letters patent no. 220,050; filed 4 September 1879: Improvement in ice-pitchers. (Viewed 15 March 2018. AA01166).



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1880s

1880 advertisements

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1880 - advertisement

H. Z. Rhoads & Bro., Jewelers, presumably Lancaster, PA. (28 June 1880). Advertisement: "Electro Silver Plated Hollow Ware of the... Wilcox Silver Plate Company... " [no illustrations]. Lancaster Daily Intelligencer (Pennsylvania), presumably p. 3, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 3 October 2018. B00707).

1880 - advertisement

Bullard & George, presumably Watertown, NY. (4 October 1880). Advertisement: "Solid and silver plate ... Wilcox Silver Plate [Co.] ... " [with no illustrations]. Watertown Times (Watertown, NY), p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 14 October 2018. B01075).



1880 - patent - plate for butter-dishes

S. William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (7 December 1880; filed 15 October 1880). Letters patent no. 235,192: Plate for butter-dishes. (Viewed 15 March 2018. AAA001167).

c. 1880 - design catalogue

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. (Updated 28 June 2018. A00260; A01013; A01435; AAA03376-18.)

1881 - commemorative book

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). (Viewed 28 June 2016. C00014-02.)

1881 - spotlighted news mention - in Meriden Town Hall exhibition

(20 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co.]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. (B00573-79).

"... Upstairs in the main hall there is a perfect marvel of artistic work... The fair would have been incomplete without an exhibition of the Wilcox Silver Plate Co., and here it appears in a mass of glittering and bewildering beauty. Silver plated wares in every conceivable form, both useful and ornamental, making one of the main features of this unexceptionally fine exhibition." (Excerpt from above.)


1881 other articles

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1881 - news mention - Wilcox Silver Plate Co. at Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

(23 September 1881). The state fair [including mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co.]. Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 2, col. 4. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00568-69).

"The Wilcox Silver Plate Co. show beautiful silver plated ware. Among the many articles are some new designs."


1881 - news mention - in Meriden Town Hall exhibition

(23 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention: "... Diplomas were awarded to the following named for articles manufactured or displayed by them ... Wilcox Silver Plate Co., silver-plated ware ..."]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00570-72).



1881 - six advertisements

I. G. Dillon, presumably Wheeling, WV. (2 May 1881). Advertisement: "Fine silverware! ... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ... " [with no illustrations]. Wheeling Register (West Virginia). (Viewed 11 October 2018. B00931-36).

1882 - news mention

(20 December 1882). State news [including mention: "... Wilcox Silver Plate company [pays taxes on] $202,300... " Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00584).


1883 advertisements

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1883 - two advertisements

Webster Bros. & Co., Brooklyn, NY. (12, 14 November 1883). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ..." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), p. 1, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 16 October 2018. B01102-03).

1883 - advertisement

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (13 November 1883). Advertisement: "Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Manufacturers of the Finest Quality of Electro-Plate..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 8. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00265).



1884 - map

(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. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)


1884 advertisements

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1884 - advertisement

H. C. Buchanan & Co., Aberdeen, MS. (10 January 1884). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver [Plate Co.] Ware... " The Aberdeen Examiner (Aberdeen, Mississippi), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00806).

1884 - three advertisements

Chicago Bargain House / Hull Brothers, presumably Wichita, KS. (August 1884). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ... " [no illustrations]. Wichita Daily Eagle (Kansas). (Viewed 20 October 2018. B01159-61).



1885? - promotional book

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / J.G. Sowerby and H.H. Emmerson. (1885?). Afternoon tea. (Presumably promotional book.) Number of pages unknown. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00677.)

1886 - design catalogue

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. 147 pp. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00261.)

1886 - design catalogue excerpt

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). (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)

1886 - news mention

(May 1886). Obituary: Denis C. Wilcox, Secretary of the Meriden Britannia Company [with also mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Company]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, pp. 126-27. (Viewed 6 September 2018. C00272-73.)

1886 - advertisement

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (4 February 1886). Advertisement: "Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Manufacturers of the Finest Quality of Electro-Plate..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00226).

1887 - patent - method of ornamenting hollow metal articles

Robert H. Budde, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (10 May 1887; filed 30 March 1887). Letters patent no. 362,815; serial no. 232,959: Method of ornamenting hollow metal articles. (Viewed 16 March 2018. AAA01203).


1888 articles

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1888 - news mention

(October 1888). Trade gossip (with mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co., their New York showroom at 6 Maiden lane, and new goods displayed). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 107. (Viewed 8 September 2018. L00731).

1888 - news mention

(2 October 1888). Annual rifle tournament; of the National Guard to be held at Hartford this month [with mention: The first prizes for this event include a Wilcox Silver Plate Company cup]. Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 1 October 2018. B00623-24).



1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition - Wilcox Silver Plate Co. at Meriden opera house

(1889). Meriden Journal Souvenir [leather-bound booklet containing a list of the manufactories contributing to the exhibition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, 10 October 1889, and other companies in Meriden], 4 pp. (Viewed 13 September 2018. L00763; L00765-68).

"Wilcox Silver Plate Co., finest electro plated ware." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are reported to be in the exhibition.)


1889 articles

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1889 - news mention - in Meriden opera house exposition

(10 October 1889). Our guests: Honored visitors here to-day [including small section describing exhibited Wilcox Silver Plate Co. wares]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00769-83).

"The exhibit of silver plated ware and cut glass by the Wilcox Silver Plate company was most creditable in every way." (Full excerpt from above.)


1889 - news mention, in Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). Compliments for Meriden: What outsiders say about her enterprise [excerpts from Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, New York Herald, and New York Tribune, with no specific mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co.]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00747-50).

1889 - news mention - Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). The show photographed: Fine pictures of the Opera House exhibit made. ["The best of them will be forwarded to Frank Leslie’s paper— what the state and New York press has to say about Meriden", with excerpts from Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, New York Herald, New York Tribune, Waterbury Republican, with no specific mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co.] Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00785-89).

1889 - news mention, in Meriden opera house exhibition

(November 1889). Trade gossip (including paragraph about exposition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, including mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co., and attendance by the American International Congress). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 113. (Viewed 11 September 2018. L00751-61.)



1890s

1890 articles

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1890 - news mention

(August 1890). Trade gossip [with paragraph about Meriden Britannia Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., and E. A. Bliss Co.] The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 87. (Viewed 4 September 2018. F00246-47).

"The Meriden Britannia Co., and Wilcox Silver Plate Co., have each taken $8,000 worth of the stock of the E. A. Bliss Co., of North Attleboro, Mass., who recently moved their business to Meriden." (Mention in full from above.)


1890 - news mention

(September 1890). The death of Horace Wilcox ["The king of the silverware trade is dead", with reference to Meriden Britannia Company and mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Company]. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 31-2. (Viewed 4 September 2018. F00249-52).



1890 patents

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1890 - patent - brush

Seth Wm. Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (14 January 1890; 14 May 1889). Letters patent no. 419,597; serial no. 310,716: Brush. (Viewed 21 March 2018. AAA01371).

1890 - patent - design for the ornamentation of silver or other table-ware

Seth William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (18 March 1890; filed 24 December 1889). Design no. 19,701; serial no. 334,895: Design for the ornamentation of silver or other table-ware. (Viewed 21 March 2018. AAA01372).



1891 advertisements

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1891 - advertisement

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (2 January 1891). Advertisement: "Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Manufacturers of the Finest Quality of Electro-Plate..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00222).

1891 - two advertisements

I. G. Dillon & Co., presumably Wheeling, WV. (December 1891). Text-based advertisement: "... Silverware ... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (West Virginia). (7 October 2018. B00795-96).



1891 patents

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1891 - patent - cheese-holder

Seth William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (2 June 1891; filed 24 April 1890). Letters patent no. 453,571; serial no. 349,319: Cheese-holder. (Viewed 21 March 2018. AAA01373).

1891 - patent - machine for embossing works in sheet metal

Seth Wm. Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (16 June 1891; filed 9 July 1888). Letters patent no. 454,149: Machine for embossing works in sheet metal. (Viewed 21 March 2018. AAA01374).



1892 articles

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April 1892 - news mention

(20 April 1892). Connecticut (mentions of Meriden Britannia Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., Meriden Silver Plate Co., and Manning, Bowman & Co.) The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 22. (Viewed 28 August 2018. H00352-53.)

"A meeting of the britannia buffers employed by [these companies] was held in Meriden Wednesday night, and an organization that will comprise beside the above workmen, the britannia buffers in Hartford, Wallingford and Southington, formed." (Excerpt from above.)


1892 - news mention

(8 June 1892). Connecticut (mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co. "building a new pitch room...") The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 21. (Viewed 29 August 2018. B00236.)



1892 advertisements

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1892 - advertisement

Woodward & Lothrop, Washington, DC. (18 November 1892). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Company... " [with no illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 5, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00802).

1892 - advertisement

Woodward & Lothrop, Washington, DC. (2 December 1892). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ... " [with no illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 4, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00803-04).



1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Wilcox Silver Plate Co.”, (p. 212). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. (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." (Excerpt from above.)


1893 patents

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1893 - patent - letter-scale

Seth William Babbitt, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (24 January 1893; filed 9 May 1892). Letters patent no. 490,422: Letter-scale. (Viewed 21 March 2018. AAA01375).

1893 - patent - letter-scale

Charles A. Miller, assignor to Wilcox Silver Plate Company. (5 September 1893 Letters patent no. 504,534, serial no. 463,806: Letter-scale. (Viewed 21 March 2018. AAA01376).



1894 - advertisement

R. Harris & Co., Washington, DC. (10 October 1894). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Company... " [with no illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 6, col. 3. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00805).

1894? - design catalogue

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1894?). Illustrated catalogue and price list of perfection granite ironware, britannia, copper and planished goods, nickel and silver plated ware. 117 pp. (Viewed 2 April 2016. A00262.)

c. 1895 - design catalogue reprint

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. (Viewed 11 April 2017. A02151.)

1895 - news mention

(12 August 1895). Meriden’s factories [including mention of Wilcox Silver Plate Co. as the 7th largest factory in Meriden]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00517-18).


1895 advertisements

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1895 - advertisement

Palais Royal, Washington, DC. (22 May 1895). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver-plated candelabra... candlestick... " [with no illustrations]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00800-01).

1895 - four advertisements

Emil Steinmann, Sacramento, CA. (December 1895). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate ..." [with no illustrations]. The Record-Union (Sacramento, California). (Viewed 6 October 2018. B00791-94).



1897 advertisements

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1897 - advertisement

Wilmarth & Edmonston, Washington, DC. (3 February 1897). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. Evening star (Washington, DC), p. 11, col. 3. (Viewed 6 October 2018. B00788).

1897 - advertisement

Chas. R. Edmonston, Washington, DC. (2 November 1897). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ..." [with no illustrations]. Evening star (Washington, DC), p. 8, col. 5. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00799).



c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Wilcox Silver Plate Co.", (p. 932). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02635.)

1898 - news mention

(11 January 1898). Personal jottings [with mention that Joseph G. Beach has changed from working for the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. to the Derby Silver Co.] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 9, col. 6. (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00898).

1898 - advertisement

Wm. Hengerer Co., Buffalo, NY. (31 October 1898). Advertisement: "... High Grade Silverware... Bake Dish— Wilcox Silver Plate Co. ... with rococo border... " Buffalo Courier (New York), p. 4, cols. 5-7. (Viewed 12 October 2018. B00985).

189? - promotional booklet

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (189?). Twelve hours in a day: Some for work, some for play. 12 pp. [Presumably promotional booklet.] (Updated 11 April 2017. A01009-11.)

18—? - promotional book

Sowerby, J. G. (18—?). At home. 36 pp. Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 19 August 2018. L00613).



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



c. 1898-1920 - design catalogue

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. 56 pp. (Viewed 2 April 2016. A00263; AAA00013.)

1899 - article

(17 June 1899). To close its plant (with mentions of the Middletown Plate Co. and Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [/ International Silver Co.]) New York Tribune, p. 6, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 13 October 2018. B01006-07).

"The International Silver Company, which recently purchased the plant and business of the Middletown Plate Company, to-day issued orders to the officials of the Middletown concern to close the factory on June 20. The business of the local factory will be transferred to Meriden, where it will be carried on at the plant of the Wilcox Silver Plate Company..." (Excerpt from above.)


1899 - two advertisements

Walbridge’s, Buffalo, NY. (December 1899). Advertisement: "Silverware... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [/ International Silver Co.] ..." [without relevant illustrations]. Buffalo Evening News (New York). (Viewed 13 October 2018. B001011-14).

  • Online - fultonhistory.com. (Search the archive and scroll down for the link: for 11 December 1899, page unknown, cols. 6-8, search: "Buffalo NY Evening News 1899 - 7477"; for 14 December 1899, p. 4, cols. 6-8, search "Buffalo NY Evening News 1899 - 7489").


1900s

1900 - news mention

(5 February 1900). [No article heading; listing the Wilcox Silver Plate Company as "Factory N" of the International Silver Company]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00566-67).


1902 advertisements

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1902 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (6 March 1902). Advertisement: "International Silver Co., Silversmiths, Successor to Barbour Silver Co.; Meriden Britannia Co.; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; Meriden Cut Glass Co., and others..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 6. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00238).

1902 - three advertisements

C. C. Patton, Jeweler and Optician, presumably Cañon City, CO. (October 1902). Advertisement: "The Silver Store... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [ / International Silver Co.] ..." Cañon City Record (Colorado). (Viewed 9 October 2018. B00859-62).

1902 - advertisement

Brandeis & Sons, Omaha, Nebraska. (23 November 1902). Advertisement: "... Great Values in Silverware... Wilcox Silver Plate [/ International Silver Co.] Sugar Shells... " [with no illustrations]. Omaha Daily Bee (Nebraska), p. 12. (Viewed 7 October 2018. B00797-98).



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; .)



1904 - advertisement

Macy’s, New York. (6 April 1904). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [/ International Silver Co.] ... " The Sun (New York), p. 12, middle column. (Viewed 2 October 2018. B00659).


1905 advertisements

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1905 - advertisement

International Silver Company. (4 October 1905). Advertisement: "Rich American cut glass..." [including listing of Wilcox Silver Plate 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 Wilcox Silver Plate 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 Wilcox Silver Plate 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 Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; no illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 37. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00257).



1906 - historical documentation

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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

1906 - historical documentation

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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

1906 - advertisement

Brandeis & Sons, Omaha, Nebraska. (12 April 1906). Advertisement: "... Wilcox Silver Plate [/ International Silver Co.] ... " [with no illustrations]. Omaha Daily Bee (Nebraska), p. 12. (Viewed 6 October 2018. B00789-90).

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.)

190? - design catalogue

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Factory N, Meriden, CT, USA. / International Silver Company. (190?). “Catalogue #2”. 32 pp. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00265.)


1910s

c. 1910-12 - design catalogue

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / (ISC). (c. 1910-12). Trophy book. 31 pp; 18 pp. supplements. (Viewed 22 April 2017. A02242.)



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".



1930s

c. 1930 - design catalogue

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / (ISC). (c. 1930). [Catalog]. 1 vol. looseleaf. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00266.)

1930 - design catalogue reprint

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. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00868; A00886-88.) [2]

1930 - design catalogue reprint

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. (Updated 11 April 2017. A00518; A00902; A00905.) [3]

1934-35 - WSPC in Met exhibition

(c. 1934). Contemporary American industrial art exhibition catalogue. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Viewed 24 August 2016. A00346.)

1934-35 - WSPC in Met exhibition

(January-February 1935.) "At Metropolitan Museum: Silverware executed by International Silver Co. in Contemporary American Industrial Art Exhibit". International Silver Standard (International Silver Co. newsletter), 3(4), pp. 6-7. (Reprint.)

1935 - WSPC in Cranbrook exhibition

(1935). Mention of Exhibition of home furnishings, Cranbrook Pavilion, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. On "Eliel Saarinen (Designer), Tea Urn and Tray..." webpage. (Viewed 20 August 2016. A01145.)

c. 1930s - design binder

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company. (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.] (Viewed 22 October 2016. AAA00369. DM.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

c. 1930s-1950s - personnel directory brochure

International Silver Company. (c. 1930s-1950s). Personnel directory for customers brochure. [Mentions 1847 Rogers Bros., Holmes & Edwards Silver Company, Wm. Rogers & Son, Webster & Wilcox hollowware.] 8 pp. (Viewed 13 August 2017. AAA00633.)


1940s

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Wilcox Britannia" mention, (p. 80). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)

1947 - secondary source

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. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


1950s

1951-52 - Saarinen / WSPC in touring exhibition

(1951). Eliel Saarinen Memorial Exhibition catalogue. 39 pp. (Viewed 26 October 2016. AAA00102-03; AAA00106-07; AAA00113; A01151; A01191-93; AAA00153; AAA00204-06; AAA00235-36.)


n. d.

n. d. - historical documentation

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (undated). Illustrated almanac… (Updated 11 November 2017. A01012.)

n. d. - design catalogue

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

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

n. d. - price list

Superior Silver Co. / Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Co. (undated). Revised price list - white metal hollow ware, electro plated. (Viewed 30 July 2018. C00207-05).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

n. d. - photographic catalog

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (undated). [Photographic catalog.] 234 pp. (Viewed 30 July 2018. C00207-07).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

n. d. - design catalogue

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company. (undated). "Albemarle" service. 4 pp. (Viewed 20 February 2017. AAA00570 - 066.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society, Meriden, CT.

n. d. - map

(Undated). Wilcox Silver Plate Company - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)


1950s

Secondary source

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. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956.) (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00789-90.)

Advertisement

International Sterling / International Silver Company. (19 March 1956). Advertisement: "International Sets The Loveliest Tables in America... [with photo of Webster-Wilcox Chafing Dish Set; with photo showing 1810, Prelude, Royal Danish, Silver Iris, Silver Melody, Silver Rhythm, and Wild Rose patterns]. LIFE magazine, pp. 51-52. (Viewed 26 October 2017. G01616-17.)


1960s

In either 1960 or 1963, Wilcox 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. However, see "Webster-Wilcox" chafing dish advertised in 1956 advertisement above.


after c. 1960 - design catalogue

International Silver Company. (undated, but after c. 1960 when W-W was formed). Webster-Wilcox silverplated hollowware (cat no. WW55). 126 pp. [Current online catalogue record incomplete.] (Updated 11 April 2017. A01476.)

after c. 1960 - design catalogue

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]. (Updated 12 January 2017. A00288; A00527.)

1967 - secondary source

Callahan Nolan, Mollie. (October 1967). Early glass craftsmen in Meriden. Unpublished document: summaries of company activities including "Wilcox Silver Plate Company". 4 pp. (Viewed 10 August 2017. AAA00632.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library, "Meriden - Industries - Glass" file.

1967 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (November 1967). The card receiver in Victorian silverplate. Spinning Wheel, pp. 12-13. (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co.: card receiver (1883)
> Hartford Silver Plate Co.: card receiver (1856-62);
> Meriden Britannia Co.: two card receivers (1873, 1882); eight illustrations of card receivers from 1882 catalogue;
> Meriden Silver Plate Co.: card receiver (c. 1885);
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: card receiver (1856-62);
> Also, Middletown Plate Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; and Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. are mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

196? - missing design catalogue

International Silver Company. (196?). Masterpieces in fine silverplated holloware, Webster Wilcox. 88 pp. No copy in public library known to exist. (Viewed 22 November 2016. A01281.)

1968 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (June 1968). Brides baskets and bowls. Spinning Wheel, pp. 16-17. (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co. / Victor Silver Co.: silverplated stand (undated);
> Meriden Britannia Co.: fruit bowl (c. 1895), two fruit stands (c. 1879), silverplated basket (c. 1896);
> Rogers & Brother: basket (1890);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: basket (c. 1896), fruit bowl (1886);
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.: (1889);
> Also Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. is mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1968 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (September 1968). Silverplated butter dishes. Spinning wheel magazine. pp. 26+. [Shows examples of designs by Meriden Britannia Co.; Middletown Silver Plate Company; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; and Wilcox Silver Plate Company.] (Viewed 10 August 2017. AAA00634.)

  • Offline - "Meriden - International Silver Company" file, Meriden Public Library.
  • See worldcat.org for more locations.

1968 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (December 1968). Figural napkin rings for collectors. Spinning Wheel, pp. 12-14. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Barbour Silver [Plate] Co. pear and leaves napkin ring (1895).
> Derby Silver Co. bird on wishbone napkin ring (1886).
> Meriden Britannia Company: two reprinted pages from 1882 catalogue showing 13 napkin rings; reprinted excerpt from 1886 catalogue showing figural boy and girl pepper shakers and cat napkin ring; seven others (1873, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1886, 1888).
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: cupids holding napkin ring (1878).
> Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: two reprinted pages from 1886 catalogue showing 12 napkin rings; another one shown (1879).
> E. G. Webster & Bro. bird napkin ring (1873). > Wilcox Silver Plate Co. pug with glass eyes napkin ring (1884, another 1873).
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. squirrel napkin ring (1889).

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.
"The trend toward ornamenting napkin rings with full round figures started about 1879 and reached its peak about 1886... So popular were these figural napkin rings that in a short three-year period— 1886, 1887, and 1888— five firms in the Meriden, Conn. area offered 82 different designs... By 1900, tastes had changed and the demand for fancy napkin rings dwindled away to nothing..." (Excerpt from above.)


1969 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (September 1969). Victorian silverplate oil lamps. Spinning Wheel, pp. 10-12. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Six lamps by Meriden Britannia Co. (1882, 1886), plus 10 illustrations of lamps from their c. 1855 catalogue;
> Three lamps by Meriden Silver Plate Co. ( c. 1888, c. 1896);
> One lamp by Rogers, Smith & Co. (1882);
> Three lamps by Wilcox Silver Plate Co., two with Rochester burners (by Edward Miller & Co.) (1886);
> Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. (lamp maker and burner supplier) also mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.


1970s

1971 articles

See the articles


1971 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (January-February 1971). The old-fashioned dinner caster. Spinning Wheel, pp. 20-22. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: 3 illustrations of casters in 1855 catalogue; revolving caster (1860); 23 illustrations of dinner castle bottles, 6 dinner casters, and 6 dinner caster bell from 1886 catalogue; also toy caster (1885) and caster (1855-67);
> Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.: 4 illustrations of dinner casters in 1860 Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. catalogue;
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: caster (1871).
> Also Bergen & Niland; Meriden Flint Glass Company; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. are mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.
"By 1893, the demand [for dinner casters] started to wane... They went out of style entirely in the early 1900s." (Excerpt from article above.)


1971 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (September 1971). Collectible silverplated jewel caskets of long ago. Spinning Wheel, pp. 10-11. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co. / Victor Silver Co.: three jewel caskets, one in Art Nouveau style (1883, c. 1896, c. early 1900s);
> Meriden Britannia Co: three jewel caskets (1873-77, 1879, c. 1879);
> Meriden Silver Plate Co.: jewel casket (c. 1880);
> Middletown Plate Co.: jewel casket (c. 1874);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: three jewel caskets (1884, 1896, c. 1896);
> Also, Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. is mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1971 - magazine article mention

Lantz, Louise K. (September 1971, date needs confirmation). Pewter of the 1920’s. [Over 50 illustrations of objects shown, including reprinted illustration of promotional page entitled INSICO pewter brand, which "identifies Derby Silver Company" (/ISC); three pages entitled "Pewter by Wilcox" made by Wilcox Silver Plate Co. /ISC; and a reprinted promotional page by Puritan Pewter, a brand of the International Silver Company.] Spinning Wheel, pp. 24-26. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00698.)

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1971 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (December 1971). Lavatory sets. Spinning Wheel, pp. 18-19. (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: four lavatory sets, one in Art Nouveau style (undated), child’s set (undated);
> Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: two lavatory sets (undated);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: lavatory set in Art Nouveau style (undated).

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.
"Lavatory Sets increased in popularity [after the turn of the century]. From then until the 1920s when they gradually faded from the picture, most of the silver makers catalogued them. Dozens of different designs were produced..." (Excerpt from above.)




1972 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (June 1972). Hand chasing and other ornamentation on silverware. Spinning Wheel, pp. 10-12. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: coffee pot (1861), teapot (1867), ice pitcher (1868);
> Meriden Silver Plate Co.: tea set (c. 1896);
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: teapot (1887);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: mustache cup and saucer (1895).

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

c. 1974 - secondary source

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. (Viewed 17 April 2017. A02236.)

1975 - WSPC in exhibitions

(1975). Forms in metal: 275 years of metalsmithing in America catalogue. (Exhibitions at the Finch College Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; second viewing at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.) (Viewed 17 October 2016. AAA00361.)

1975 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (June 1975). The old fashioned ice pitcher. Spinning Wheel. Four-page article but page numbers unclear.] (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co. (late 1880s);
> Meriden Britannia Co. double-walled ice pitchers (1855, 1867), ice urn (c. 1875), tilting pitcher sets (c. 1874, 1878);
> Rogers, Smith & Co. tilting pitcher set (1886);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co. double-walled pitcher (1873) and tilting pitcher set (1885).
> Article also mentions Middletown Plate Co. and Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1977 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." mentions, [pp. 43; 70; 157; 164 (photo of building (c. 1905); also excerpt at top)]. In An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)

1978 - magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (April 1978). 19th century call bells in silverplate. Spinning Wheel, pp. 16-17+. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00698.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: 8 call bells from 1861 catalogue; 3 figural call bells from their 1878 catalogue; 18 call bells from their 1886 catalogue;
> Also, Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company; Derby Silver Company; Meriden Bronze Company; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Middletown Plate Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

1978 - magazine article mention

Hogan, Edmund P. (September 1978). Victorian cracker jars & biscuit jars. Spinning wheel, pp. 8-9. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00699.)

Illustrations
> Middletown Plate Co.: 4 biscuit jars and a cracker jar, reprinted from catalogue (c. 1880)
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: 6 biscuit jars, reprinted from catalogue (c. 1880)
> Also, Forbes Silver Company and Meriden Flint Glass Co. are mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT;
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.


1980s

1980 - secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Wilcox Silver Plate Co." mentions. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Updated 19 April 2017. [DM] [4]

WSPC content:
> p. 12 (photo of satin-engraved mustache cup, 1895);
> p. 23 (call bells);
> pp. 26-7 (napkin rings, incl. photo of design, 1884);
> p. 29 (photo of combination napkin ring, c. 1873);
> pp. 36-8 (ice pitcher and Tilters, including photos of design, 1873 and 1885);
> pp. 43-4 (butter dishes, including photo of design, c. 1884);
> p. 48 (dinner casters);
> p. 51 (photo of dinner caster design, 1871);
> pp. 54-57 (pickle casters, including 15 photos of designs, c 1871-82);
> pp. 58-61 (cracker or buscuit jars, including 10 photos of designs by either WSPC or Middletown Plate, c. 1880);
> p. 64 (photos of two nut bowls, 1886 and 1880);
> p. 74 (photo of spoon holder, 1880);
> p. 78 (photo of two spoon holders, c. 1884 and c. 1880);
> p. 82 (toothpick holder with illustration of design, 1868);
> p. 84 (sardine box);
> p. 104 (photo of child’s cup by Superior Silver Co., 1890);
> p. 111 (card receivers);
> p. 112 (photo of jewel casket, 1884);
> p. 115 (photo of jewel casket, c. 1896);
> p. 117 (photo of jewel casket, c. 1896);
> pp. 119-21 (bride’s basket, including photos of designs, 1886 and c. 1896);
> p. 123 (kerosene lamps);
> p. 125 (9 illustrations of kerosene lamps from undated trade catalogues);
> p. 127 (illustrations of 3-5 kerosene lamps from 1886 trade catalogue);
> p. 133 (illustration of lavatory set in Art Nouveau style, undated);
> p. 142 (toilet ware — handmirrors, etc.).

1983-85 - Saarinen / WSPC in touring exhibition

(1983). Design in America: The Cranbrook vision, 1925-50 exhibition catalogue. (Viewed 25 August 2016. AAA00099-101.)

1988 - WSPC in Milwaukee exhibition

(1988). Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Tilting ice water set catalogue entry. In 1888: Frederick Layton and his world (exhibition catalogue, 8 April - 28 August 1988), p. 240. Milwaukee Art Museum. (Viewed 8 May 2018. G02088-90.)

1988 - secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). Photo of Jedediah Wilcox mansion, (p. 59). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00804. DM.)


1990s

1990 - magazine article(s)

(September / October 1990). [Meriden / Wilcox Connection - card table; owl pattern; individual casters; figural napkin rings; knife rests; triplicate mirror (Diana Cramer).] Silver Magazine. (Viewed 7 September 2017. G00204.)


2000s

1994-95 - WSPC in Dallas exhibition

Venable, Charles L et al. (1994). Silver in America, 1840-1940: A century of splendor exhibition catalogue / book. [Exhibition venue: Dallas Museum of Art, 6 November 1994 - 29 January 1995.] Curated by Charles L. Venable. (Viewed 21 August 2016. AAA00075.)


2000s

2000-02 - Wilcox Silver Plate Co. in exhibition

Johnson, J. Stewart. (2000). American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a new age exhibition catalogue. 192 pp. New York: Abrams in association with the American Federation of Arts. (Viewed 12 June 2017. A00145; A01859; A02736.)

> Exhibition venues: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (16 May 16 2000 - 7 January 2001); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (25 May - 19 August 2001); Flint Institute of Arts, MI (14 September 14 - 16 December 2001); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (11 January - 7 April 2002); Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC (3 May - 28 July 2002); Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK (23 August - 17 November 2002).

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "Middletown Plate Co.", "Superior Silver Co.", Superior Silver Plate Co., and mention of Gem Silver Plate Co. (Wilcox Silver Plate Co.), (pp. 161-2). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 17 August 2017. A02886, A02934a,b; A02935a,b.)

2004 - secondary source

Rainwater, Dorothy T.; Fuller, Martin; Fuller, Collette. (2004). "E. G. Webster & Son", E. G. Webster & Bros., Webster Mfg. Co., Webster-Wilcox, Oneida Silversmiths, Brooklyn S. P. Co., (p. 270). Encyclopedia of American silver manufacturers, (revised and expanded 5th ed.). Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA. (Viewed 17 August 2017. A02892a,b.)

2005-07 - Wilcox Silver Plate Co. in exhibition

Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. [Includes Wilcox Silver Plate Company designs.] 392 pp. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

> Exhibition venues: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art; The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.


2010s

2010 - secondary source

Franco, Janis Leach. (2010). Photo of Jedediah Wilcox mansion, 816 Broad Street, (p. 43). In: Meriden. 127 pp. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (Viewed 16 May 2017 2016. A02438. DM.)

c. 2011 - design pages in book

Gordon, John Stuart (c. 2011). Three entries on Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company designs. In Gordon’s A Modern world: American design from the Yale University Art Gallery 1920-1950. Yale University Art Gallery in association with Yale University Press. (Viewed 15 May 2018. AAA03001; AAA03007-08; AAA03014-15; AAA03020; AAA03025-26; AAA03028).

> "Jean G. Theobald, designer; Virginia Hamill, stylist; Wilcox Silver Plate Company / International Silver Company; ’Diament’ dinette set", (1928), (pp. 170-71).
> "Paul Lobel, designer; Wilcox Silver Plate Company / International Silver Company; "Tea or coffee service", (1934), (pp. 266-67).
> "Jean G. Theobald, designer; Virginia Hamill, stylist; Wilcox Silver Plate Company / International Silver Company; Dinette set", (1928), (p. 294).
> Biographical statements on Lobel, Theobald and Hamill, pp. 410, 412 & 420).

2016 - secondary source

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; links to many primary sources.]

2017-18 - Wilcox Silver Plate Co. in exhibition

Coffin, Sarah and Harrison, Stephen. (2017). The jazz age: American style in the 1920s. [Catalogue for exhibitions at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (7 April - 20 August 2017); and Cleveland Museum of Art (30 September 2017 - 14 January 2018).] 379 pp. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art. (Viewed 8 April 2017. A02036-39; A02766.)


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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