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Fisher, Bruce & Company Records

Creator:
Fisher, Richard  Search this
Collector:
Fisher, Bruce & Company.  Search this
Former owner:
Fisher, Richard, Mrs.  Search this
Donor:
Gatter, Carl  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (1 box )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sales catalogs
Stereographs
Legislation (legal concepts)
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Postcards
Price lists
Place:
Colon (Panama)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Date:
1920-1940s
Summary:
Fisher, Bruce & Company, importers of china, earthenware, and glassware, were located on Market Street, Philadelphia. The collection contains catalog pages and price lists for china, earthenware, and glassware imported from Belgium, Britain, France, and Italy, and some American ceramics.
Scope and Contents:
This collection primarily contains catalog pages and pricelists for china, earthenware, and glassware imported from Belgium, Britain, France, and Italy, as well as some American ceramics. The catalog pages consist of color photographs of numbered ceramic items; the pricelists are separate pages keyed to the same numbers. These records, which date from 1939 1940, are arranged in separate folders by nationality.

The Belgian material consists of one catalog page of glassware. The British catalog pages depict Aynsley bone china (breakfast and tea sets), Grimwades earthenware, and "Toby" mugs of U.S. General McArthur and British General Wavell. The French catalog pages show "Quimper" design faience as well as other china and earthenware pieces. The Italian ceramics are primarily earthenware breakfast sets, bowls, baskets, vases, and donkey figures. There is also some Venetian glassware. The U.S. catalog pages show china breakfast sets and other tableware.

In addition, a photoprint in the collection shows the firm's building, ca. 1920s; a second photoprint shows a 1920s display of Pyrex ovenware in one of the building's display windows.
Biographical / Historical:
Fisher, Bruce & Company, importers of china, earthenware, and glassware, were located on Market Street in Philadelphia. The firm dates back at least to the year 1880, when it was known as Atherholt, Fisher & Company, and was located at 519 Market Street. The principals in the firm were Thomas C. Atherholt, Samuel Fisher, and his son, Joseph G. A. Fisher. By 1885 the company's name had changed to Fisher, Son & Company. By 1889, after the addition of George H. Ruth to the firm, its name had changed to Fisher, Son & Ruth. The following year, probably following 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 continued to prosper in its Market Street location, which extended back to Church Street. By 1930, the adjoining building at 219 Market Street was purchased. The ground floors of numbers 219 221 were used as a showroom and the company's offices were located upstairs. The company stayed in the Fisher family's hands for the remainder of its existence, with E. Monroe Fisher as President of the firm beginning in 1930. In the 1970s the company was sold and the business relocated to New Jersey.
Provenance:
These records were donated to the Division of Domestic Life in February 1990 by Mr. Carl Gatter. His father, Herman L. Gatter, had been employed by Fisher, Bruce, for many years. The records were transferred to the Archives Center in March 1990.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site by appointment.

Probable copyright restrictions.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Show windows  Search this
Stores, Retail  Search this
Table setting and decoration  Search this
Display of merchandise  Search this
Faience  Search this
Glassware  Search this
Glassware -- Belgian  Search this
Glassware -- Catalogs  Search this
Glassware -- Venetian  Search this
Importers  Search this
Advertising, Point-of-sale  Search this
Commemorative porcelain  Search this
Dams -- Panama  Search this
Ceramic tableware  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Ceramic Industries -- French  Search this
Ceramic Industries -- Italian  Search this
Ceramic Industries -- Belgian  Search this
Ceramic Industries -- English  Search this
Ceramic Industries -- American  Search this
Locks and dams  Search this
Clay pot cookery  Search this
Plates (Tableware)  Search this
Porcelain, American  Search this
Porcelain figures  Search this
Porcelain, French  Search this
Porcelain, English  Search this
Porcelain -- Prices  Search this
Porcelain -- 20th century  Search this
Pottery figures  Search this
Pottery, American  Search this
Pottery, English  Search this
Pottery, French  Search this
Pottery, Italian  Search this
Pottery -- Prices  Search this
Pyrex  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sales catalogs
Stereographs
Legislation (legal concepts)
Correspondence -- 1940-1950
Photographic prints
Postcards -- 1900-1920
Price lists
Citation:
Fisher, Bruce & Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0370
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81269855a-4c8e-4eeb-8fce-5157c78d78b2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0370
Online Media:

Commemorative china

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1999
Topic:
Commemoratives  Search this
South African War, 1899-1902--Collectibles  Search this
Commemorative porcelain  Search this
Call number:
NK1700 .H684
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_673099

Royal commemoratives / Lincoln Hallinan

Author:
Hallinan, Lincoln  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1997
Topic:
Commemorative porcelain  Search this
Kings and rulers  Search this
Collectibles  Search this
Call number:
NK4485 .H35 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_684721

Zur Ausstellung das Porträt auf Glas und Porzellan im Badischen Landesmuseum Karlsruhe vom 20. Juli bis 10. Oktober 1984 : Vollständiger Tassen-Katalog mit Abbildung und Beschreibung sämtlicher 99 Tassen und Verzeichnis aller ausgestellten Porträtgläser / Text, Helge Siefert ; Gestaltung, Eva Heine

Author:
Siefert, Helge  Search this
Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Europe
Date:
1984
[1984]
Topic:
Porcelain, European  Search this
Commemorative porcelain  Search this
Portraits on glassware  Search this
Portraits on pottery  Search this
Call number:
NK5438 .S571 1984
NK5438.S571 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_401394

News from a radiant future : Soviet porcelain from the collection of Craig H. and Kay A. Tuber / Ian Wardropper ... [et al.]

Author:
Wardropper, Ian  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Subject:
Tuber, Craig H Art collections  Search this
Tuber, Kay A Art collections  Search this
Leningradskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ farforovyĭ zavod imeni M.V. Lomonosova  Search this
Physical description:
92 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Saint Petersburg
Illinois
Chicago
Soviet Union
Date:
1992
20th century
History, 1917-1921
Topic:
Porcelain, Russian  Search this
Commemorative porcelain  Search this
Commemorative porcelain--Private collections  Search this
Art and the revolution  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.L36 A4 1992X
NK4210.L36A4 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_437317

Revolution, life, and labor : Soviet porcelains (1918-1985) / Deborah Sampson Shinn

Title:
Soviet porcelains (1918-1985)
Author:
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Shinn, Deborah  Search this
Subject:
Shapiro, Henry 1906- Art collections  Search this
Shapiro, Ludmilla Art collections  Search this
Leningradskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ farforovyĭ zavod imeni M.V. Lomonosova  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Saint Petersburg
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1992
C1992
20th century
Topic:
Commemorative porcelain--Themes, motives  Search this
Porcelain, Russian--Themes, motives  Search this
Porcelain industry  Search this
Commemorative porcelain--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.L36C66 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_438464

Commemorative pottery & porcelain [by] James Mackay

Author:
Mackay, James A (James Alexander) 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
Topic:
Commemorative pottery  Search this
Commemorative porcelain  Search this
Call number:
NK4085 .M15
NK4085.M15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_25356

American patriotic and political china

Author:
Klamkin, Marian  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 215 p. illus. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1973
[1973]
Topic:
Commemorative pottery  Search this
Commemorative porcelain  Search this
Call number:
NK4005 .K52X
NK4005.K52X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_35104

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