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    Fisher, Bruce & Company Records, 1920-1940.
     
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    Creator: 
    Fisher, Bruce & Company (collector).
    Title: 
    Fisher, Bruce & Company Records, 1920-1940.
    Phy. Description: 
    0.3 cu. ft.: 1 box.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Fisher, Bruce & Company, importers of china, earthenware, and glassware, were located on Market Street, Philadelphia. The firm dates to 1880, when it was known as Atherholt, Fisher and Company, at 519 Market Street. By 1885 the company's name changed to Fisher, Son & Company. By 1889, after George H. Ruth joined the firm, its name changed to Fisher, Son & Ruth. The following year, probably after the death of Samuel Fisher, Worthington Bruce joined the firm, and its name was changed to Fisher, Bruce & Company; in the same year the firm relocated to 221 Market Street. The company stayed in the Fisher family for the remainder of its existence, with E. Monroe Fisher as President, from 1930. In the 1970s the company was sold and the business relocated to New Jersey.
    Summary: 
    U.S. catalog pages : china breakfast sets and other tableware. Also: photoprint of the firm's building, ca. 1920s, and a photoprint of a 1920s display of Pyrex ovenware in a building display window.
    Belgian material : one catalog page of glassware.
    British catalog pages : Aynsley bone china (breakfast and tea sets), Grimwades earthenware, and "Toby" mugs of U.S. General McArthur and British General Wavell.
    French catalog pages : "Quimper" design faience and other china and earthenware pieces.
    Italian ceramics : primarily earthernware breakfast sets, bowls, baskets, vases, and donkey figures; also some Venetian glassware.
    Scope and Content: 
    Primarily catalog pages and price lists for china, earthenware, and glassware imported from Belgium, Britain, France, and Italy, and some American ceramics. Catalog pages consist of color photographs of numbered ceramic items; the price lists are separate pages keyed to the numbers. These records, 1939-1940, are arranged in separate folders by nationality.
    Finding aids: 
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    Cite as: 
    Fisher, Bruce & Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Restrictions: 
    Unrestricted research use on site by appointment.
    Probable copyright restrictions.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Advertising, Point-of-sale
    Ceramic Industries -- American
    Ceramic Industries -- Belgian
    Ceramic Industries -- English
    Ceramic Industries -- French
    Ceramic Industries -- Italian
    Ceramics.
    Ceramic tableware
    Clay pot cookery
    Commemorative porcelain
    Display of merchandise
    Faience
    Glassware
    Glassware -- Belgian
    Glassware -- Venetian
    Glassware -- Catalogs
    Plates (Tableware)
    Porcelain, American
    Porcelain, English
    Porcelain, French
    Porcelain figures
    Porcelain -- Prices
    Porcelain -- 20th century
    Pottery -- Prices
    Pottery figures
    Pottery, American
    Pottery, English
    Pottery, French
    Pottery, Italian
    Pyrex
    Show windows
    Stores, Retail
    Table setting and decoration
    Importers
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Philadelphia (Pa.)
    Form / Genre: 
    Price lists
    Photographic prints
    Sales catalogs
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Local Number: 
    1990.3057 (NMAH Acc.)
    Co-Creator: 
    Gatter, Carl (donor).
    Item Information
    RepositoryCall No. 
    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0370Add Copy to MyList

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