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Fisher, Bruce & Company Records, 1920-1940

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Collector:
Fisher, Bruce & Company
Donor:
Gatter, Carl
Physical description:
0.3 cu. ft.: 1 box
Type:
Price lists
Collection descriptions
Catalogs
Photographic prints
Sales catalogs
Place:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Date:
1920
1940
1920-1940
20th century
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:
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.
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.
Cite as:
Fisher, Bruce & Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
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
Plates (Tableware)
Porcelain, American
Porcelain, English
Porcelain, French
Porcelain figures
Porcelain--Prices
Porcelain
Pottery--Prices
Pottery figures
Pottery, American
Pottery, English
Pottery, French
Pottery, Italian
Pyrex
Show windows
Stores, Retail
Table setting and decoration
Importers
Local number:
1990.3057 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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