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 and historical documentation [1]

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1860s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1867-1924). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)

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.)

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.

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.)


1870s

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.)

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.)


1880s

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 11 April 2017. A00260; A01013.)

Design catalogue

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (c. 1880). [photocopy of trade catalogue]. (Updated 11 April 2017. A01435.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)


1890s

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

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.)

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.)

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.)

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


1900s

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.)

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.)

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.)

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

Design catalogue

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


1930s

Design catalogue

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

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]

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]

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.


1940s

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.)

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.)


n. d.

Historical documentation

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

Design catalogue

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

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

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

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

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.)


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.

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.)

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.)


1970s

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.)

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.)


1980s

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.).

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.)


2010s

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.)

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.]


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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