Category: Newsletters

MAY 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

THE FACES OF HUBBARD PARK – The Men and Women Behind the Making of a Masterpiece

Join us on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30pm as Justin Piccirillo, author of the newly-released book “Hubbard Park,” tells the stories of the people who made this celebrated Meriden masterpiece a local landmark.

This program will be presented on Zoom and also streamed to the Meriden Historical Society’s Facebook page https://fb/me/e/GlwN7q4B

Please RSVP your attendance on Zoom at

https://tini.cc/mhs-hubbardpark

Registered attendees will receive a link to the program via email the day of the program.

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VICE IN MERIDEN – Smoking Drinking Gambling MERIDEN ITEMS For Bad Habits


is our current exhibit AT THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD located at 424 W. Main Street and sharing a parking lot with Benjamin Franklin School. Designed as a self guided tour, the exhibit features items made in Meriden or for Meriden, for use with bad habits which, done to excess, are considered vices. The exhibit will be open to the public EVERY SUNDAY IN MAY – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM & on Saturday, June 12th as part of the CT Open House program.

Observing COVID-19 safety recommendations, social distancing, wearing of masks and a limitation on number of groups in the building, will be strictly enforced.

A walk-through VIDEO of the exhibit, narrated by Sherwin Borsuk and captured by videographer Marcus Hamilton, will be available on our YouTube Channel

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LIVE THE STORY – A WALK THROUGH HUBBARD PARK With Justin Piccirillo is scheduled for Saturday, June 12 (rain date Sunday, June 13) 2021 at 10:00 AM

Meet at Hubbard Park’s parking lot for a walk through the lower park. Justin’s newly-released book “Hubbard Park,” will be available for purchase.

This is a free program. Donations are welcome.

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THE MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMMUNITY TAG SALE FUND RAISER
Will be held at the Society’s Bernice Morehouse Research Center parking lot (1090 Hanover Ave, Meriden) Starting on May 15th 2021 and every 2nd Saturday of the month starting June 12th on, weather permitting, with a rain date on the following Saturday.

Setting up is open to the public at a cost of $15.00 per set-up ($10.00 for members of the Meriden Historical Society).
For more information please contact our board member Peter Slavinski at 203-721-4640.

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NAPIER BOARD OF DIRECTORS TABLE DONATED TO THE MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY BY ION BANK

In an extraordinary gesture, Ion bank has donated the exquisite board of directors table of Meriden’s Napier Company, thus returning the table to Meriden. Originally, the oversized table was given to Meriden’s Castle Bank where it was used until the bank was acquired by Ion (then Naugatuck Savings) Bank.

We hope to be able to display and use this historic table in the near future.

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WE WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBER

Arthur Dutra III of Meriden CT

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FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK

All who voted for the Meriden Historical Society at the Ion Bank Community Award Program. Thanks to your supporting vote, the Society received a $400.00 check from Ion Bank.

 

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS

Hergott Dental Associates

166 S. Broad St., Meriden CT

203-235-3738

www.hergottdental.com

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Jonal Laboratories

456 Center St., Meriden CT

203-634-4444

www.jonal.com

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Mahon, Quinn & Mahon, P.C.

636 Broad St., Meriden, CT

203-238-1010

www.mqmlawyer.com

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Mule Security & Electric Inc.

113 Broad St., Meriden CT

203-238-7561

www.mulesecurity.com

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New England Capital Financial Advisors LLC

79 Main St., Meriden, CT

203-935-0265

www.newenglandcapital.com

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The Russell Hall Company

19 N. George St, Meriden, CT

203-235-6391

www.Russellhall.com

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Suzio Insurance Center, Inc.

54 Chamberlain Hwy., Meriden, CT

203-237-7403

www.suzioinsurance.com

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Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel

80 Britannia St. Meriden, CT

203-639-3513

www.tuxisfuel.com

MARCH 2020

BUSTER KEATON – THE GREATEST OF THE SILENT CLOWNS
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library
105 Miller St., Meriden, CT
Three silent comedians ruled the silver screen before the arrival of sound to the movies: Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Sherwin Borsuk MD, president of the Meriden Historical Society and a Keaton aficionado, will present Buster Keaton – his life and phenomenal acrobatic movie achievements. The talk will be accompanied by stills and short movie clips.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:
Historic Hubbard Park – Part I with Justin Piccirillo
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:30 pm at the Meriden Public Library.
South Meriden’s Hanover Trolley Park with Lesley Solkoske
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:30 pm at the Meriden Public Library.
Vice in Meriden – the Products and Services for Smoking Drinking Gambling and More in Meriden’s Past – Open House and Special Exhibit
Every Sunday in May (3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) 11:00 am – 3:00 at the Meriden Historical Society’s Museum, the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St, Meriden, CT.

ANDREWS HOMESTEAD CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS – A FOLLOW UP
Our Christmas Open House (12/7&8/2019) was a heartwarming success. Close to 200 people came through the exhibit, many visiting for the first time. Not only did they enjoy the decorations, but they also learned about the history of Meriden and its manufacturers. The door prize, a generous donation by the Thompson Chocolate Co. was won by Lynn Dean.

BEN FRANKLIN SCHOOL 5TH GRADE GIRLS CLUB HELP DECORATE THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD
The Society, in partnership with Ben Franklin School, welcomed the 5th Grade Girls Club. They brought with them a variety of hand-crafted ornaments to decorate our Christmas tree. They also showed an interest in hearing about Meriden’s past and were given a tour of the Homestead. In return, the Society gave them a souvenir ornament as a token of our appreciation.

LATEST ADDITIONS TO OUR COLLECTIONS
An acquisition fund has been established from the proceeds of the sale of items from The Lester Dequaine and Frank Chiarenza collections. Those collections were given to the Society for the purpose of fundraising. The Collections Committee has been busy acquiring items to add to our permanent collection.
New additions to the Bradley & Hubbard display: We now have a 12” statuette entitled “le Gamin” which depicts a young boy who looks like a street urchin from the 1800s. There is also a cast iron, japanned finished shelf clock with gold and floral stenciling.
You may remember seeing a large, framed drawing of a clock in the form of a soldier wearing a wig and three-cornered or “cocked” hat, with his hands holding a clock face in his belly.
This drawing was done in 1856 by Pietro Cinquinni and accompanied his patent application. These clocks were known as “Blinking Eye” or “Winker” clocks because the eyes moved via a connection to the clock mechanism. We have always wanted to find one of these clocks for our display and now we have one! Ours is missing its mechanism; however, it is the cast iron figure of “The Continental”. It was manufactured by Bradley & Hubbard and is worth seeing.

Our clock was produced prior to the granting of the patent and is marked in the base as “Patent Pending 1856” and “PCF,” presumably signifying Pietro Cinquinni. Design Patent No. 916 was issued in 1857 and subsequent clocks were marked “Patented July 14, 1857.” The hat portion of the clock case is independent from the rest of the casting. This allowed B&H to substitute a different hat on the same body and offer the clock as “the Admiral”. An example of this design is included in the collections of the Smithsonian.
New additions to the Silver City Glass Co. display case include a frosted glass bowl & candlestick console set donated by a Society member. A black glass box in their early “Daisy” pattern was also purchased for the collection.

We have added a cobalt blue, medium sized dresser box with a “blown out” zinnia flower on the cover, done by the C. F. Monroe Co. This acquisition was made possible through the Don & Carol Lyle Fund.
Thompson Chocolate Co. has generously donated some of their outdated candy molds. They are now on permanent display at the Andrews Homestead. These and other newly acquired items will be on display at our Museum’s upcoming May Open House & Special Exhibit event (Every Sunday in May, 11:00 – 3:00, at the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St.).

HELP US PRESERVE MERIDEN’S PAST
There are so many Meriden related items waiting to be discovered. Items from any of the Meriden manufacturers, old sales catalogs and advertising items, photos showing street scenes and buildings are especially interesting. Even things that may seem insignificant can be an insight into the past. If you are in the process of downsizing or wondering what to do with Meriden related items, be sure to contact us at our email address: meridenhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or by phone: 203-639-1913 (please leave a message).

UNDERCLIFF SANATORIUM: INFORMATION WANTED Our member Eileen Sypher had sent us the following call for help: “I am writing a book on my father who spent a year at Undercliff in 1951-2 for his tuberculosis. He died in 1952 before he could tell me about his life there. I am eager to hear from anyone who had a relative or friend there while it was a tuberculosis sanatorium—do you have stories? Letters? Photos? Any tidbit most welcome! In my writing I will mention no names, of course, should you share with me. I am eager to restore these forgotten histories that are a part of so many lives and of Meriden’s past. Rev. Dr. Eileen Sypher. Email: esypher@comcast.net or call 860-391-1860 and leave a message.”
We hope you or someone you know can help.

WE NOTE WITH SORROW THE PASSING OF OUR MEMBERS:
Lawrence McLane Morehouse
Walter Shamock

FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK:
Jacquelyn Beale, Sherwin & Ruth Borsuk, Bruce and Suzana Burchsted, Michael & Lizbeth Cardona, Ellen Carter, William Glick, Gregg D. Hugo, Judith Laczek, Robert Marchetti, Dan Metz, Diantha Morse, Joan M. Munger in memory of Leon Bartholomew, Robert B. Siegler, The Suzio Insurance Center Inc., Philip Toussaint, Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel, Suzanne Zajac, our anonymous donor at Your Cause, and the many visitors to the Andrews Homestead and to the Bernice Morehouse Research Center. Donations in Memory of Larry McLane Morehouse were received from: Arnold Bloch, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., Joseph Lanterna, John & Martha McCarthy and Susan Webber

WE WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS:
Barbara Austen and Family, June Banack, Michael Banack, Michael Cardona & Family, Hergott Dental, Jonal Laboratories, Jocelyn S. Linnekin, Darrell Lucas, Robert Marchetti, The Russell Hall Co., Eileen Sypher, Cindy & Bob Tencza & Family, and Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS

Hergott Dental Associates
166 S. Broad St., Meriden CT
203-235-3738
www.hergottdental.com

Jonal Laboratories
456 Center St., Meriden CT
203-634-4444
www.jonal.com

Mahon, Quinn & Mahon, P.C.
636 Broad St., Meriden, CT
203-238-1010
www.mqmlawyer.com

Nest Egg Auctions
758 Four Rod Rd., Berlin, CT
203-630-1400
www.nesteggauctions.com

New England Capital
Financial Advisors LLC
79 Main St., Meriden, CT
203-935-0265
www.newenglandcapital.com

Record Journal
500 S. Broad St., Meriden, CT
203-317-2407
www.myrecordjournal.com

The Russell Hall Company
19 N. George St, Meriden, CT
203-235-6391
www.Russellhall.com

Spoonshoppe Brooke Deli
1320 E. Main St., Meriden, CT
203-630-3354
www.spoonshoppe.com

Suzio Insurance Center, Inc.
54 Chamberlain Hwy., Meriden, CT
203-237-7403
www.suzioinsurance.com

Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel
80 Britannia St. Meriden, CT
203-639-3513
www.tuxisfuel.com

NOVEMBER 2019

HISTORIC FICTION AS A PORTAL TO THE PAST: The Lyman Family of Lyman Orchards

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:30 p.m. Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Meet author Diana Ross McCain as she discusses her new novel Thy Children’s Children, based on the true story of the first five generations of the Lyman family of Lyman Orchards of Middlefield, CT, as an example of how well-researched historical fiction both entertains and informs. Books (hard cover, 634 pages) will be available for purchase and book-signing ($20.00 includes CT sales tax). This program is co-sponsored by the Meriden Public Library and the Meriden Historical Society. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

ANDREWS HOMESTEAD CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS

Join us Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. to tour one of Meriden’s oldest homes, all dressed up for the holidays.

FUNDrive – SAVERS FUNDRAISER

Thanks to your generosity, we collected and turned in over 700 lbs of soft items. Sincere thanks to all who dropped off clothing and other soft goods for this fundraiser.

FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK:

Arthur Bell, Ollie Collins, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Corte, Sandra Ennever, Eugene Glen, Don Lyle, Neda Weathers, Our Anonymous Donor at Your Cause, and to the visitors to the Andrews Homestead and the Bernice Morehouse Research Center.

MERIDEN HALL OF FAME:

George S. Jeffrey was inducted to the Meriden Hall of Fame in the Historical Person Category. Dr. Sherwin Borsuk, president of the Meriden Historical Society, presented and accepted the honor.

The three other inductees to this year’s Meriden Hall of Fame were Major Dr. E. Robert Bertolli O.D. in the category of Science and Medicine; Joan Edgerly in the category of Community Service, and Stanley Hancock in the category of Business and Commerce.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS

Mahon, Quinn & Mahon, P.C.

636 Broad St., Meriden, CT

203-238-1010

www.mqmlawyer.com

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Nest Egg Auctions

758 Four Rod Rd., Berlin, CT

203-630-1400

www.nesteggauctions.com

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New England Capital

Financial Advisors LLC

79 Main St., Meriden, CT

203-935-0265

www.newenglandcapital.com

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Record Journal

500 S. Broad St., Meriden, CT

203-317-2407

www.myrecordjournal.com

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Spoonshoppe Brooke Deli

1320 E. Main St., Meriden, CT

203-630-3354

www.spoonshoppe.com

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Suzio Insurance Center, Inc.

54 Chamberlain Hwy., Meriden, CT

203-237-7403

www.suzioinsurance.com

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OCTOBER 2019

UPCOMING PROGRAM:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Meriden Public Library

105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

 

MAKING HISTORY / MAKING PLACE: A CELEBRATION OF CONNECTICUT MUSEUMS

Picture Show and Lecture with William Hosley.

Connecticut has 169 towns and as many community-based historical museums. Most are small. Many are run by volunteers. No two are alike. They preserve & present great local stuff and stories. They collect. They offer public programs. They advocate for preservation. They serve schools and greet tourists. They are a civic miracle. This is their story and why they matter.

This program is co-sponsored by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Public Library. The program is free and open to the general public. 

OUR MUSEUM’S OCTOBER OPEN HOUSE & SPECIAL EXHIBIT:

THOMPSON CHOCOLATE Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of Meriden’s Chocolatier

  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 13, 20 & 27
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  •  The Andrews Homestead – Meriden Historical Society Museum, 424 West Main St., Meriden, CT

Andrews Homestead, Meriden Historical Society Museum, will be open to the public every Sunday in October from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dedicated to the history of our city’s manufacturing era, the museum is chuck-full of examples of items made here in town. Come see our newest acquisitions.

OUR SPECIAL EXHIBIT THIS YEAR is dedicated to THOMPSON CHOCOLATE in conjunction with the company’s 140th anniversary.

The Andrews Homestead shares a parking lot with Benjamin Franklin School. By permission of the Police Department, for this exhibit – Sundays only, you may disregard the “do-not-enter” sign posted at the entrance to the parking lot.

We will be raffling a Thompson Chocolate basket on each of the open house dates.

Admission is free – donations are always appreciated.

A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT:

I am writing to introduce myself, Sherwin Borsuk, as incoming president of the Meriden Historical Society (The Society), and to let you know what we are up to this year.

Our board of directors is engaged in the revision of the bylaws and the formalization of the standing committees.

The standing committees will be:

  • Marketing and Public Relations – promote and publicize events, provide access to media, and maintain The Society website and bulletin.
  • Membership – promote new membership, maintaining member records and renewals, as well as thanking donors.
  • Collections Management – acquire items for The Society’s collections, keep records of holdings, and sell or donate items not related to the mission of The Society.
  • Programs – arrange for 5-6 speaker programs yearly, coordinating site, equipment and refreshments, as well as arranging exhibits at The Society’s museum (Andrews Homestead).
  • Facilities – maintain and improve The Society’s properties.
  • Grants – apply for grants as directed by the board of directors and report the status of grant monies to the board and grantor(s).
  • Nominating – nominate board members and officers annually and provide biographies to the Secretary.
  • Tag Sales – coordinate, staff, and publicize the summer tag sale fundraisers.
  • Finance – steward the financial assets of The Society, investments, real estate, etc.

You, as a member of The Society, are encouraged to join any of the standing committees that appeal to you. Your participation will enhance the vitality of our organization. The work of The Society is never-ending and the various committees outlined above can always use more hands.

If you are interested in joining one of the committees, please e-mail me at meridenhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or leave me a message at 203-639-1913

We will be having a continued series of talks in partnership with the Meriden Pubic Library. Please see our newsletter or our website (www.meridenhistoricalsociety.org) for updated details.

Our Fall exhibit at the Andrews Homestead is devoted to Meriden’s Thompson Chocolate Company, founded in 1879. Rumor has it that there will be free samples of Thompson products (according to Mayor Kevin Scarpati). You are encouraged to come and enjoy it!

Finally, we are currently looking for a larger home for our research center here in Meriden, as our research and other materials have us bursting at the seams. Sometime in the near future we hope to find a suitable solution be it a new location or a major expansion and we’ll likely need to have a fundraising campaign to enable us to afford a larger home.

As always, your support of the Meriden Historical Society is, and will be, greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Sherwin Borsuk

NEWS FROM THE ARCHIVES:  Rockwell and silver city Overlay  by: Paul S. Butkus

Meriden was home to several silver overlay companies, most notably the Rockwell Silver Company and the Silver City Glass Company. There are references to other companies producing silver overlay in Meriden but none to the same extent or notoriety. Overlay companies did not produce their own glass but rather decorated pieces made by the large glass, china or ceramic companies and the same blanks were frequently used by competing overlay companies. The use of the same blanks, paper labels or similarly themed designs can often complicate the proper attribution for some pieces. As a result, collectors often identify a piece simply by the glass manufacturer due to the greater availability of information on those companies. Another complicating factor in overlay identification is the way in which some patterns were adapted to varying sized pieces. The overall composition was cropped as needed to fit smaller pieces.

A case in point… (Click here to read the complete article and see all images associated with it)

FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK:

  • Don Lyle for his donation of C. F. Monroe Co. research material. The comprehensive research material came from the collection of Don’s wife, Carrol of blessed memory.
  • Andy Piatek who lent us some of his Silver Overlay catalogs so that we could digitize/copy them and add them to our collection of reference catalogs.
  • All our friends who have been bringing items of Meriden interest to the Research Center.
  • All who supported us by bringing items for our tag-sale booth and for our Savers Fund Raiser event.
  • Our Anonymous Donor at Your Cause.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

Our November Lecture will take place on

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

HISTORICAL FICTION AS A PORTAL TO THE PAST. A PROGRAM ABOUT A NEW NOVEL BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF THE LYMAN FAMILY OF LYMAN ORCHARDS with author Diana Ross McCain.

 

Please support our Corporate Members

 

Mahon, Quinn & Mahon, P.C.

636 Broad St., Meriden, CT

203-238-1010

www.mqmlawyer.com

 

Nest Egg Auctions

758 Four Rod Rd., Berlin, CT

203-630-1400

www.nesteggauctions.com

 

New England Capital

Financial Advisors LLC

79 Main St., Meriden, CT

203-935-0265

www.newenglandcapital.com

 

Record Journal

500 S. Broad St., Meriden, CT

203-317-2407

www.myrecordjournal.com

 

Spoonshoppe Brooke Deli

1320 E. Main St., Meriden, CT

203-630-3354

www.spoonshoppe.com

 

Suzio Insurance Center, Inc.

54 Chamberlain Hwy., Meriden, CT

203-237-7403

www.suzioinsurance.com

 

September, 2019

UPCOMING PROGRAM

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

6:30 PM

At the Meriden Public Library

105 Miller St. Meriden CT

VOTES FOR WOMEN

In 2020 we mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The fight for women’s right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. Join us to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women. This program is co-sponsored by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Public Library. The program is free and open to the general public. 

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MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMMUNITY TAG SALE

  • SEPTEMBER 14. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Meriden Historical Society’s Bernice Morehouse Research Center’s parking lot 1090 Hanover Ave. Meriden, CT 06451
  • RAIN DATE: the Saturday following the original date
  • COST TO SET UP: $15.00 donation to the Society per set-up ($10.00 for members).
  • CONTACT: Bill Siegel 203-237-2217

As in previous years, the Meriden Historical Society will set up its own booth in the shed.  We hope to see you there.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for dedicated volunteers for the following projects:

  • Cataloging and organizing our collection of photographs
  • Photographing and cataloging items in our collections
  • Researching (doing detective research work) to help answer the many queries addressed to the Society
  • Greeters/docents  for our open house events at the Andrews Homestead

Come meet our volunteers at the Bernice Morehouse Research Center, 1090 Hanover Ave. in South Meriden on Wednesdays between 1:30 and 4:00 pm.

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FUNDrive – FUNDRAISER THROUGH SAVERS

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

AT THE RESEARCH CENTER 1090 Hanover Ave. Meriden CT 

Your no longer needed, gently-used clothing, linens, jewelry, shoes, accessories (such as belts and purses), and small household goods can raise funds for us. We have teamed up with Savers Stores and their fundraiser program.  Savers will pay us 20 cents per pound of soft goods and 10 cents per pound of small household goods we bring to them, so PLEASE think of us when you clean your closets.

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CUNO FOUNDATION GRANT

We were delighted and honored to receive a $2000 grant from the Cuno Foundation. This grant allowed us to purchase a new, state of the art new computer/Work Station complete with a new wide screen monitor and will allow us to purchase more, much needed, acid-free, storage materials. While the first will consolidate all our digitized archival records and facilitate research, the latter will help preserve many of our fragile paper, cloth, and photographed materials.

Our heartfelt thanks to the Cuno Foundation for their continued support of our mission to preserve Meriden’s past for future generations and our purpose: being an active research center disseminating information on Meriden’s industry and Meriden’s History.

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NEWS FROM THE ARCHIVES

Meriden Cut Glass Company PATTERN NAMES

by: Paul S. Butkus

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“Give Me Back My Name”

by Talking Heads

There’s a word for it
And words don’t mean a thing
There’s name for it
And names make all the difference in the world

The lyrics above, from a song by the Talking Heads released in 1985, illustrate one of the frustrations with identifying cut glass patterns. With hundreds of patterns introduced by each glass company, developing unique names must have been a challenge and many times only numbers were used. Are the names we commonly use today to describe some of the more collectible patterns their original names?

Several Meriden Cut Glass Company designs are among the most collectible patterns. Names like “Alhambra” immediately bring to mind pieces with a crenelated rim and a series of interlocking hexagons. The original patent, numbered 41,091 and issued to Thomas A. Shanley on January 17, 1911 does not list a name for the pattern but the Alhambra name appears in multiple company catalogs and period advertisements that exist in reference collections throughout the country and in reprints of some of those catalogs. For other patterns where documentation has not been readily available, some names may have been invented by those who were compiling pattern guides.  As research continues and new evidence is discovered about pattern names, will collectors adopt the original names or hold onto the names they have been comfortable with for decades? “Names make all the Difference.”

Recently acquired printed catalog materials from a number of wholesale and retail companies has shed light on the original names for the highly collectible patterns known in the trade as Theodora, Byzantine and Cetus. By cross referencing documented pattern names and images from Meriden Cut Glass Co. materials in the Meriden Historical Society’s collection and patent records with these advertisements, it was possible to identify which groups of cut glass items were made by Meriden (and also J.D. Bergen) even though not labeled as such. The wholesalers and retailers were relying on their own reputations for presenting the quality of goods instead of offering a branded product.

The following illustrations are from the “13th Annual Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of A. C. Becken, The Chicago Wholesale Jeweler, 1904.”

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Meriden-Cut-Glass-Feather-Bowl-1.jpgCommonly referred to as Theodora, this pattern by Wm. R. Eliot is described in patent No. 32,211, Feb 13, 1900:  “springing upward are feathers . . . giving them the semblance of peacock- feathers.” Printed name is FEATHER.

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Commonly referred to as Byzantine, this pattern by Wm. R. Eliot is This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Meriden-Cut-Glass-Garland-Bowl-1.jpgdescribed in patent No. 32,210, Feb. 13, 1900:  “As herein shown, the design comprises four bands festooned, the surfaces of which are checkered, and on each band is a series of punties, differentiating in size.” Printed name is GARLAND.

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A variant of the GARLAND pattern has a characteristic miter cut in This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Meriden-Cut-Glass-Longwood-Bowl-1.pngplace of the terminal punties and is named LONGWOOD.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Meriden-Cut-Glass-Cluney-Bowl-1.jpgCommonly referred to as Cetus, (a name apparently ‘made up by the Pearsons’ according to CriticalGlass.com), is actually named CLUNEY.

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Other illustrated patterns in this catalog correlate with well documented MCG Co names so it is unlikely that the names shown with these particular bowls were made up. Based upon the findings, we should give them back their names.

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

Karen Erasmus, Dave Fugge, Laureen Galayda, Joan Kilby, Justin Piccirillo

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FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK:

Accredited Appraisals Associates

Nancy Benaro

Sherwin Borsuk

Paul Butkus

A Lee Campione

The Cuno Foundation

Christine Czapiga

Jan Fontanella

Lorraine Hancock

David S. Kenny

Joseph Kiely

Joan Kilby

Jim & Beth Lewis

Kenneth Lonczak

Deborah Patterson

Andy Piatek

Rob LaRiviere at The Remodeling Company

Lesley Solkoske

Suzanne Zajac

Visitors to the Andrews Homestead

Visitors to Bernice Morehouse Research Center

Our Anonymous Donor at Your Cause.

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Please support our Corporate Members

Mahon Quinn & Mahon, P.C.

636 Broad St. Meriden CT

203-238-1010

www.mqmlawyer.com

 

Nest Egg Auctions

758 Four Rod Rd. Berlin, CT

203-630-1400

www.NestEggAuctions.com

 

New England Capital

Financial Advisors LLC

79 Main St., Meriden, CT

203-935-0265

www.NewEnglandCapital.com

 

Record Journal

500 S. Broad St. Meriden

203-317-2407

www.myrecordjournal.com

 

Spoonshoppe Brooke Deli

1320 E. Main St.Meriden CT

203-630-3354

www.Spoonshoppe.com

 

Suzio Insurance Center LLC

54 Chamberlain HWY, Meriden CT

203-237-7403

www.SuzioInsurance.com

MAY 2019

UPCOMING PROGRAM

Tuesday, May 28

6:30 PM

At the Meriden Public Library

105 Miller St. Meriden CT

Meriden's Sergeant York

MERIDEN’S SERGEANT YORK

Meriden Historical Society President Martha Colaresi tells the story of a Maine farm boy who adopted Meriden as his home town, joined the army in 1943 and became one of the city’s most highly decorated World War II heroes, earning media acclaim as “Meriden’s Sergeant York.”

This program is in co-sponsored by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Public Library. The program is free and open to the general public. 

OPEN HOUSE AT THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD

Sundays May 5, 12, 19, 26:

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday June 8:

10:00 am– 2:00 pm

The Andrews Homestead

424 West Main St. Meriden CT

(Between McDonald’s and the Ben Franklin School)

2019 May Open House Flyer

Come see what is new at the Meriden Historical Society’s showcase museum, the Andrews Homestead. Featured will be the new, permanent display for The Napier Company, new additions to                         the C. F. Monroe Co display as well as an expanded display of Rockwell Silver Co.

Admission is free. This is an opportunity to come and see what the Andrews Homestead is all about. We look forward to welcoming you.

MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMMUNITY TAG SALE

    • JUNE 8, JULY 13, AUGUST 10 & SEPTEMBER 14. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • LOCATION: Meriden Historical Society’s Bernice Morehouse Research Center’s parking lot 1090 Hanover Ave. Meriden, CT 06451
    • RAIN DATE: the Saturday following the original date
    • COST TO SET UP: $15.00 donation to the Society per set-up ($10.00 for members).
  • CONTACT: Bill Siegel 203-237-2217

As in previous years, the Meriden Historical Society will set up its own booth in the shed.  We hope to see you there.

MAY ANNUAL MEETING

Thursday, May 9,2019

6:00 pm

Bernice Morehouse Research Center 1090 Hanover Ave. Meriden

 

AGENDA:

Minutes of 2017 Annual Meeting.

Treasurer’s Report.

Membership Report.

Collections Report.

President’s remarks.

Voting for 2019-2020 Board (Directors & Officers).

Adjure.

Pizza Dinner.

Suggested slate of officers and directors:

Sherwin Borsuk – President

Lesley Solkoske – V.P.

Deborah Patterson Secretary

Paul Butkus – Treasurer; Sherwin Borsuk – assistant

Lesley Carabetta – Membership

Brian Cofrancesco – Director

Judy Kiely – Director

Robert LaRivierre Sr. – Director

Bruce Rovinsky – Director

Stacey Rovinsky – Director

William Siegel – Director

Peter Slavinski – Director

Martha Colaresi – immediate Past President

Nominations from the floor

Allen Weathers – Curator

Ruth Borsuk – Newsletter Editor

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for dedicated volunteers for the following projects:

Cataloging and organizing our collection of photographs

Photographing and cataloging items in our collections

Researching (doing detective research work) to help answer the many queries addressed to the Society

Come meet our volunteers at the Bernice Morehouse Research Center, 1090 Hanover Ave. in South Meriden on Wednesdays between 1:30 and 4:00 pm.

CONVERT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, SLIDES, HOME MOVIES & VIDEOS TO DIGITAL FORMAT

As a service to the community and a fundraiser to the Society, the Meriden Historical Society is offering to send your home movies, VHS videotapes, photographs slides and even music to Innovative Document Imaging (http://idiimage.com/) to be digitized. We will be collecting media to be digitized from May 8th until June 8th.

You can drop off your media on Wednesdays at our Bernice Morehouse Research Center (1090 Hanover Avenue in South Meriden) starting Wednesday, May 8th between 2:00 pm and 3:45 pm.

FUNDrive – FUNDRAISER THROUGH SAVERS

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

AT THE RESEARCH CENTER 1090 Hanover Ave. Meriden CT

Your no longer needed, gently-used clothing, linens, jewelry, shoes, accessories (such as belts and purses), and small household goods can raise funds for us. We have teamed up with Savers Stores and their fundraiser program. Savers will pay us 20 cents per pound of soft goods and 5 cents per pound of hard goods we bring them so PLEASE think of us when you clean up your closets.

2 MERIDEN-MADE WILCOX & WHITE PUMP-ORGANS ARE LOOKING FOR A GOOD HOME.

 Organ at Homestead                          Organ at Annex

We have 2 extra Meriden-made Wilcox & White organs. Both are beautiful but need to be refurbished, as they are not in a working order. We already have an organ on display at the Homestead and have no room to display the additional two.

If you are interested, either of the two is available for a small donation. Please call us (203-639-1913) to arrange a pickup time.

SPECIAL THANKS & APPRECIATION

The following is a personal note of thanks from our volunteer Lesley Carabetta: “Two people answered the call for help in doing some much needed painting at the Andrews Homestead.
Lori Raguckas and John Sullivan (who is not even a member) have been my painting buddies for about a week, and I couldn’t have asked for better! They were careful and respectful of this charming antique and I must say the results are beautiful. I can’t thank you both enough, for your time, energy and talent, not to mention how we solved all the world’s problems while slinging our paintbrushes!
The historical society, the city, and I, are so grateful you both answered my call for help.
With deep appreciation,
Lesley Carabetta”

If you did not know, Lesley is out membership chairperson. She has been working diligently at the Andrews Homestead for the past few years, making sure that our museum is well cared for, as well as keeping our membership in apple-pie order.

WE NOTE WITH SORROW the passing of Lorenzo Suzio, a life member of the Society and a great supporter. We extend our condolences to our member Dorothy Heffernan, and to the Suzio family.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

Charles Aldridge of Middletown, CT

John Strillacci of Southington, CT

 

FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK:

Charles Aldridge

A Lee Campione

Lesley Solkoske

  

Please support our Corporate Members

Mahon Quinn & Mahon, P.C.

636 Broad St. Meriden CT

203-238-1010

www.mqmlawyer.com

 

Nest Egg Auctions

758 Four Rod Rd. Berlin, CT

203-630-1400

www.NestEggAuctions.com

 

New England Capital

Financial Advisors LLC

79 Main St., Meriden, CT

203-935-0265

www.NewEnglandCapital.com

 

Record Journal

500 S. Broad St. Meriden

203-317-2407

www.myrecordjournal.com

 

Spoonshoppe Brooke Deli

1320 E. Main St.Meriden CT

203-630-3354

www.Spoonshoppe.com

 

Suzio Insurance Center LLC

54 Chamberlain HWY, Meriden CT

203-237-7403

www.SuzioInsurance.com

 

APRIL, 2019

UPCOMING PROGRAM

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: TUESDAY April 9, 2019

At the Meriden Public Library

105 Miller St. Meriden CT

6:30 PM

STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS OF MERIDEN.

Architectural art can be found throughout Meriden. Amy Prescher, an art and architecture historian and a faculty member of Connecticut State University, will present us with a program on the treasures of stained glass windows found in our city.

The program is co-sponsored by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Public Library; it is free and open to the public.

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GARDEN TOUR – POSTPONED

We regret to announce that due to the unexpected passing of the organizer of this event, the Garden Tour fund raiser, originally scheduled for June 1st this year is postponed and will take place next year at a date yet to be determined. If you are interested in getting involved with this event, please contact  Martha Colarese , the Meriden Historical Society’s president, at the Meriden Historical Society.

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NEWS FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Meriden Cut Glass Co. and the Identification of “Fanned Hobstars”

Click on title above to view the latest article by Paul Butkus, our board member and researcher. Paul has just finished digitizing our Wilcox loose catalogs and has dedicated his article to the Meriden Cut Glass Company and the identification of “Fanned Hobstars”.

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MAY OPEN HOUSE & SPECIAL EXHIBIT

Every Sunday in May

At the Andrews Homestead

424 West Main St. Meriden CT

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

RECENT ACQUISITIONS: NAPIER, ROCKWELL, WAVE-CREST AND MORE

As in previous years, the Andrews Homestead will be open to the public from 11:00 till 3:00 every Sunday in the month of May. On display will be some of our recent acquisitions, all by Meriden artisans and manufacturers. The exhibit will feature silver on glass items by Rockwell Silver; Jewelry and more by the Napier Company; boxes and plaques by the C. F. Monroe Company and more. Admission is free, donations will be much appreciated.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for dedicated volunteers for the following projects:

  • Cataloging and organizing our collection of photographs
  • Photographing and cataloging items in our collections
  • Researching (doing detective research work) to help answer the many queries addressed to the Society

Come meet our volunteers at the Bernice Morehouse Research Center, 1090 Hanover Ave. in South Meriden on Wednesdays between 1:30 and 4:00 pm.

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CONVERT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, SLIDES AND VIDEOS TO DIGITAL FORMAT

As a service to the community, The Meriden Historical Society is offering to send your VHS videotapes, photographs slides and even music to Innovative Document Imaging (http://idiimage.com/) to be digitized. A tentative collection date is scheduled for June. Look for more details including a price list in our May newsletter.

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YOUR OPINION MATTERS:

A survey is coming your way.

The Meriden Historical Society’s history spans a whole century (and more). With its eyes to the future, the Society’s board of directors is interested in your opinion as to the direction the Society should take.

We are in the process of composing a brief survey. The survey will be mailed to all members. We hope you will give us 5 minutes of your time. We need your input.

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WE NOTE WITH SORROW THE PASSING OF OUR MEMBERS:


Nancy Laurentano – December 2018

We’ll miss Nancy for her generosity and for her love for all that is Meriden.

Frank Chiarenza – June 2018

We’ll miss Frank for his knowledge of glass and for his generosity to the Society.

Emily Belanger – February 2019

We’ll miss Emily for her generosity and her love for all that is Meriden.

and

Agnes Baur – March 2019

We’ll miss Agnes for her extensive knowledge of the painter Frederick Matzow and for her generosity to the Society.

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FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK:

Lynn Boyangut; Alice Meigs; Suzio Insurance Company; Philip Toussaint; and our anonymous donor at Your Cause.

Welcome to Our New Members

Philip Toussaint of Hartford CT

Kenneth Lonczak of Meriden CT

Joseph Kiely of Meriden CT

The Family of Marcus Hamilton of Meriden

Judy Kiely of Meriden CT

and

Maryanne Harrison of Meriden CT

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS:

Macri Roofing, Inc.

36 Duffy Ave. Meriden, CT

203-235-4830

www.MacriRoofing.com

Mahon Quinn & Mahon, P.C.

636 Broad St. Meriden CT

203-238-1010

www.mqmlawyer.com

Meriden Self Storage

210 Pomeroy Ave, Meriden

203-639-7335

www.MeridenSelfStorage.com

Nest Egg Auctions

758 Four Rod Rd. Berlin, CT

203-630-1400

www.NestEggAuctions.com

New England Capital

Financial Advisors LLC

79 Main St., Meriden, CT

203-935-0265

www.NewEnglandCapital.com

Record Journal

500 S. Broad St. Meriden

203-317-2407

www.myrecordjournal.com

Spoonshoppe Brooke Deli

1320 E. Main St.Meriden CT

203-630-3354

www.Spoonshoppe.com

Suzio Insurance Center LLC

54 Chamberlain HWY, Meriden CT

203-237-7403

www.SuzioInsurance.com

March 2019

Upcoming Program:

ARCHITECTURE OF MERIDEN: – Lorenzo Hamilton: – Architect of Meriden’s Notable Early 20th Century Homes.

Designed by Lorenzo Hamilton

Marcus Hamilton, a life-long Meriden resident, will present a program on the life and works of his grandfather, Lorenzo Hamilton, a grandson of H. Wales Lines. The program will include a bit of history about this storied Meriden family and examples of the homes Lorenzo Hamilton designed throughout Meriden.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 –
6:30 p.m. 
At the Meriden Public Library
105 Miller St. Meriden CT

The lecture programs are co-sponsored by the Meriden Public Library. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

Platt And Maloney High School Students Research Meriden Personalities for Meriden Hall Of Fame Nominations

Students researching for their Hall of Fame project

The Research Center was host to Platt and Maloney High School students in conjunction with their research for candidates for the 2019 Meriden Hall of Fame. About 15 students from Platt High School rotated through our Bernice Morehouse Research Center in December, and, in January about 20 students from Maloney High School were hosted. The students came to do their research and were showed how to access our inventory of information on Meriden’s people from the past. They were asked to give us copies of their research to be added to our files. Our members, Ruth Borsuk, Sharon Deming, Dan Metz, Jane Mulligan, Deborah Patterson, Chris Ruel and Allen Weathers volunteered their efforts to make it a success.

Items wanted for a Dedicated Napier Co. of Meriden Display Case.

Napier Bar Items

We are planning to setup a permanent display case at the Andrews Homestead featuring The Napier Company.  For that reason, we are reaching out to our membership asking for permanent donations of Napier cocktail items, barware, cigarette related items, banks or jewelry. We look forward to being able to give the proper attention to one of the most well-known manufacturers in Meriden’s history. Please contact us by phone at 203-639-1913 or email us. If possible, please attach a photo or give a description of the item.  Thank you.

WANTED: Product Catalogs and information related to Meriden Glass Companies

As part of an ongoing research project and possible future exhibit, the MHS is asking its supporters if they have any early original catalogs from the various glass companies that operated in Meriden around the turn of the 20thcentury up until WWII. Specifically, we are interested in companies such as the Rockwell Silver Company, Silver City Cut Glass Company and the Silver City Glass company during their early period (well before the introduction of the ‘Anniversary’ themed silver overlay pieces).  We are also interested in the companies that produced cut glass during the American Brilliant Period 1876-1918 such as J.D. Bergen Company, J.J. Niland Company, C.F. Monroe Company, Meriden Cut Glass Company and the Meriden Flint Glass Company. Any other glass companies that operated in Meriden that you have documentation on would also be greatly appreciated.
We have several reprinted catalogs at the MHS for some of the cut glass companies but we are hoping that some original materials may still be around in people’s attics and basements. If you know that family members worked for any of these glass companies and could take a look through your family archives to see if you have any information it would be greatly appreciated. We know that there are descendants of glass cutters and decorators who still live in the area and would love to hear stories about what their families did and see any examples of their work. Donations of materials related to Meriden companies are always welcomed by the MHS but we would be equally grateful for the opportunity to review and scan the materials to include in our archives. Please contact Paul S. Butkus at the MHS who is organizing this project.

We Note with Sorrow 
The passing of our volunteer and board member, Sharon Louise Robarts Deming. 

Sharon worked to organize, catalogue and conserve our image library.  The Research Center won’t be the same place without her, nor will our table at the Hanover School holiday fair.  We will miss her gentle presence and her expert driving skills in the Memorial Day Parade.  We were fortunate to have had her with us, however briefly — and Meriden is fortunate to have her as part of its history.

 For Their Generosity we thank

Michael Barker, Jacquelyn Beale, Ellen M. Carter, Ruth Ann C. Davis, William Glick, Nancy Gluck, Judith Laczek, Daniel Metz, Joan M. Munger for her donation in Memory of Leon Bartholomew, Robert and Judith Panciera, Janet Pestey, Robert R. Siegler and the Mahon, Quinn & Mahon Professional Corporation for their donations to the Society.

Welcome to our new members

David Grodzicki – winner of Christmas in the Village raffle.
Carol Hilton of Parkton, MD
Sara Hilton of Baltimore, MD
The Mahon, Quinn & Mahon Professional Corporation of Meriden, CT
David Pare for the Record Journal
The Spoonshopppe Brooke Deli of Meriden CT


Please support our Corporate Members


Macri Roofing, Inc.

36 Duffy Ave. Meriden, CT
203-235-4830
www.MacriRoofing.com

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Mahon Quinn & Mahon, P.C.

636 Broad St. Meriden CT
203-238-1010
www.mqmlawyer.com

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Meriden Self Storage

210 Pomeroy Ave, Meriden
203-639-7335
www.MeridenSelfStorage.com


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Nest Egg Auctions

758 Four Rod Rd. Berlin, CT
203-630-1400
www.NestEggAuctions.com


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New England Capital Financial Advisors LLC

79 Main St., So. Meriden, CT 
203-935-0265
www.NewEnglandCapital.com

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Record Journal

500 S. Broad St. Meriden
203-317-2407
www.myrecordjournal.co
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Spoonshoppe Brooke Deli

1320 E. Main St.Meriden CT
203-630-3354
www.Spoonshoppe.com


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Suzio Insurance Center LLC

54 Chamberlain HWY, Meriden CT
203-237-7403
www.SuzioInsurance.com

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APRIL 2018

APRIL PROGRAM: UP WEST MAIN AND DOWN MEMORY LANE – Digitized Images of West Main Street, Meriden in 1960 Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT.

Please join us for a nostalgic photographic “walk” along West Main Street Meriden as it was photographed 58 years ago, back in 1960.

Our newest PowerPoint slide presentation captures the store fronts along the north (odd numbers) side of West Main Street starting at Colony Street and ending at 109 W. Main.

The program is free and open to both members and the public.   Refreshments will be served.

 

SPRING TEA: CELEBRATE SPRING AT THE HOMESTEAD

A spring fund raiser tea will be held on May 5th from 1:00-3:00 at the Andrew’s Homestead, 424 West Main St, Meriden, CT.

The Homestead’s display rooms will be set for a traditional afternoon tea featuring a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, assorted desserts and teas, as well as a door prize and table favors.

On display will be selected tea and coffee sets from the Historical Society’s International Silver collection. The tea will open the Homestead’s special May exhibit.

The price of tickets is $22.

Space is limited so we urge you to make your reservations early.

Reservations can be made by calling: 203-440-3686

 

MAY OPEN HOUSE & SPECIAL EXHIBIT:

Every Sunday in May 11:00 – 3:00 at the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St. Meriden CT, sharing a parking lot with the Benjamin Franklin School.

Our May exhibit will be in conjunction with the Spring Tea Party being held on Saturday May 5th. The following day, May 6th will be the start of the Sunday exhibits that will feature a selection of items made by Meriden companies, related to the serving of tea.

Best of all, changes have been happening inside the Homestead. We have been going through our inventory and have discovered some impressive items that have been stored away for much too long. We’re really excited about showing off our restocked and reorganized displays for this exhibit.

If you are a new member this year, please mention that when you come to the exhibit. We have a special gift for you. Come and enjoy.

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS: Ronald Abbe of Meriden CT, Michael and Shelley Barker of Bloomfield CT, Britney & Jack Corey of Meriden CT, Joy Higgins of Meriden CT, Robert LaRiviere Sr. of Meriden CT, George and Rowena McGoldrick of Meriden CT, Miroslava Ness of Venice, FL, Judith & Robert Panciera of Meriden CT, Lori Raguckas of Meriden CT, Justin & Marisa Rogers of Meriden CT, Geoffrey Ruel and Family of Meriden CT, Ken Ruel & Family of Meriden Ct, and to our new corporate members, Suzio Insurance of Meriden CT, and Meriden Self Storage of Meriden CT

 

FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK: Nancy Benarro, Daniel Busa, Martha Colaresi, Bill Glick, Nancy E. Gluck, Robert LaRiviere and the Remodeling Company, Don & Kathleen McMahon, Alice Meigs, Joan Munger (IMO Leo Bartholomew), Bruce & Stacey Rovinsky, and The Meriden Lions Club.

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS 

Nest Egg Auctions

https://nesteggauctions.com

758 Four Rod Road

Berlin, CT 06037

203-630-1400

 

The Remodeling Company

848 N. Colony Rd

Meriden, CT 06450

203-213-1053

 

New England Capital Financial Advisors, LLC

http://newenglandcapital.com

79 Main St.

Meriden, CT 06451

203-935-0265

 

Suzio Insurance Center, Inc

http://www.suzioinsurance.com

54 Chamberlain Hwy

Meriden, CT 06451

 

Meriden Self Storage

https://www.meridenselfstorage.com

210 Pomeroy Ave.

Meriden, CT 06450

203-639-7335

MARCH 2018

MARCH PROGRAM: ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLE ADVERTISING GLASS

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT.

Moxie Glass seen on eBay

Ruth Ann Davis, a retired psychologist and a long time antique dealer, has been a collector of advertising glass giveaways since 1980. She will be sharing her knowledge and some of her collection with us on March 8th at 6:30 pm at the Meriden Public Library. This meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

AT THE HOMESTEAD :

MAY OPEN HOUSE & SPECIAL EXHIBIT

The Andrews Homestead, will be open to the public every Sunday in May from 11:00 till 3:00 with a special exhibit that will feature tea sets and coffee sets by International Silver and its predecessor companies and smoke related items. In addition, our silver display cases will be restocked and will feature new items from our International Silver Co. Collection.

The exhibit will open with a tea party special fundraising event.

 

A TEA PARTY AT THE HOMESTEAD

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St. Meriden CT (sharing a parking lot with the Benjamin Franklin School). Table settings will feature tea sets and coffee sets from the Society’s International Silver Co. Collection. Details to follow in next month’s news letter.

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE HOMESTEAD

Our Christmas open house at the Andrews Homestead was held there for the first time in over 40 years. In spite of the snowy weather, people came to enjoy the holiday atmosphere. It was an overwhelming success and we hope to make it a yearly tradition.

 

 

NEWS FROM THE ARCHIVES

By: Paul S. Butkus

Among the documentation from the various companies that formed or became a part of the International Silver Company are a large number of scrapbooks. While the majority of the scrapbooks in the Archives contain copies of trade and popular magazine advertisements, somewhat unique among the collection are those from the Meriden Silver Plate Company. These scrapbooks are large, unwieldy items but instead of magazine advertisements, they contain clippings from their product catalogs arranged by item number. Dates are not noted next to the items so it unfortunately does not allow you to put a specific date on a particular pattern but what is possible is to see the configuration of an item as offered in the original catalog. This can be quite useful when trying to determine if a particular item is missing a metal or glass part or whether a glass item (bowl or vase etc.) is original to the piece or possibly a later replacement.

 

I recently found a Meriden Silver Plate Ink Stand at a thrift store and although it had a lot of plate loss and was missing its ink well, I purchased it. The mark was clear and almost complete but something caught my eye along the reinforcing rib that runs from the pen area through the ink well area, right in the center of the piece. When turned at just the right angle, a second imprint of the 02547 item number is just barely visible running parallel to the reinforcing rib but has been buffed out. I suspect that someone placed the first mark in the center of the piece not knowing that it would be obscured by the reinforcing rib. Before leaving the factory, the first mark was removed, the reinforcing rib installed and a new mark added. Had this been a later repair and not done in the factory, there wouldn’t be a second mark.

  

Such hidden traces help reinforce the fact that while industrialization facilitated greater production of items at a more affordable cost, there still was a lot of hands-on involvement. One could imagine a fairly young apprentice just learning the trade being assigned the job of placing the mark and given his level of experience wasn’t aware that this particular piece had another element to be put on. Before placing the rib, the mistake was discovered and corrected and item completed. Whatever the actual reason, I find these forensic details fascinating.

 

Since the thrift store only had the stand I decided to do some research to determine what type of glass ink well would have come with it. The four round balls held the ink well in place and worn areas of the plate are visible suggesting a lot of use over the years. The wear marks at first glance appear circular so I assumed that there would have been a round inkwell sitting there.

 

Going to the large scrapbooks, which are about 5” thick, I was able to locate the section on inkwells relatively easily in of one of the volumes. Since the items are organized by type and number and appear to have been added over a long period of time all of the same type of objects are not located in one volume. Notes at the end of the ink well section in the first scrapbook directed me to where the series continued in a subsequent scrapbook.

 

There on page 173 was a great catalog image of item 02547 with its missing glass ink well that originally cost $6.00. Instead of being round as I suspected it was actually hexagonal cut glass. The ink well is also shown by itself as item 02543 for $3.50. Upon closer inspection of the wear marks along with the catalog image it is obvious that the original ink well was not round. At least now I know what to keep my eyes on the lookout for.

 

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS:

Ronald Abbe of Meriden, Bill Carabetta of Meriden CT, Ellen Carter of Glastonbury CT, Jane Mulligan of Meriden CT, Rick and Sue Reale of Meriden CT, Matt Zierler of Okemos MI, and to our new corporate member, New England Capital Financial Advisors Llc of Meriden CT.

 

FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK:

Agnes Baur, Arnold E. Hayes III, Bruce And Sue Burchsted, Cecelia Flagg, Deborah Hanna, Daniel J. Metz, anonymous, Doe Bartlett, Ellen M. Carter, Frank Chiarenza, Gregg Hugo, Jacquelyn Beale, Jan Fontanella, Janet Pestey, anonymous, John G. Arndt, Lawrence & Stacia Morehouse, Lawrence M. McGoldrick, Lesley Solkoske, Lorraine Hancock, Matt Zierler, Paul S. Butkus, Robert & Theresa Rao (IMO Carrol Lyle), Roger Kemp, Ronald J. Stempien, Ruth Ann C. Davis, Ruth Grandy, Sharon Deming, Sherwin & Ruth Borsuk, Suzanne E. Zajac, Thomas Marshall, the many visitors to the Andrews Homestead and to the Research Center who dropped cash into our donation jars, to the Estate of Ruth Snyder, and to the Wave Crest Collectors Club (IMO Carrol Lyle).

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS 

Nest Egg Auctions

http://nesteggauctions.com

758 Four Rod Road

Berlin, CT 06037

203-630-1400

The Record Journal

http://myrecordjournal.com

500 S. Broad St,

Meriden CT 06450

203-235-1661

The Remodeling Company

848 N. Colony Rd

Meriden, CT 06450

203-213-1053

 

New England Capital Financial Advisors, LLC

http://newenglandcapital.com

79 Main St.

Meriden, CT 06451

203-935-0265