1903 JENNINGS BROTHERS MANUFACTURING CO, BRIDGEPORT The Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Company located at Bridgeport, Conn. USA, is one of the leading and most enterprising manufacturing concerns in Connecticut; it began business in the year 1890, occupying to begin with, less space for its entire business, than it now utilizes for office room alone. The hard work, aggressive and sagacious management, combined with liberality and fidelity in dealing with customers, has won for The Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Company a clientage and reputation equalled by few and excelled by none.
Its business is the manufacture of clocks, in metal cases, candelabra, art metal and silver plated flatware. Among the numerous finishes applied to its many designs and large variety of goods made, is its Ormolu gold plate which is manufactured exclusively by this company, and marketed under the trademark J. B. “Ormolu gold.” This finish is the most beautiful and durable of any similar gold finish made, and is the result of years of investigation and experiments, and is now acknowledged to excel anything produced here or abroad.
Bronze finishes are also produced, and are most popular, as applied to art goods: their many dainty colorings perfect and bring out the artistic features and detail of the designs, to which it is most appropriately applied. These goods are in competition with imported goods of French manufacture, and are sold under the name of “Nouveau Bronze” or “Art Nouveau,” which is at present so much in vogue. French grey silver, and old brass finishes are also applied to novelties in candelabra, inks, trays, etc., and make most pleasing objects of art and utility. Silver plated flatware is sold under the company’s exclusive trade mark, “1890 Jennings Bros.,” and in each package is furnished a certificate of guarantee that the goods are as represented, or purchase money refunded. Such a guarantee gives some idea of the integrity of the company’s dealings with its customers. On such products as are not sold under one of the regular trade-marks when practicable, the initials “J. B.” appear on the article, for the purpose of identifying the company’s product.
The floor space now occupied approximates 100,000 square feet which gives some idea of the rapid growth since the business was established in 1890. Goods of its manufacture are shipped to all states and territories of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, Africa, South America and Hawaii. The company is capitalized at $100,000 and its officers and directors have continued the same since its organization and to these men, who have given their undivided time, is due the success of The Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Company. Its officers are Erwin M. Jennings, President; Edward A. Jennings, Treasurer; and Henry A. Jennings, Secretary; three brothers reared on a Connecticut farm, entering business to make their own way, and who now enjoy the confidence of all who know them. Public documents of the State of Connecticut, Volume 1 1903
1897 The Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Company have constructed a one and two-story brick and wood office building, 19×38 feet, and a-one story brick casting shop, 17×39 feet, the cost of both being $2,000. Annual report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics …, Volume 13, Parts 1897-1900
1899 E.J. Garvan took testimony in Hartford, Saturday, Feb 11, of witnesses from Danbury and New York in the suit of Jennings Bros., Bridgeport, against the Rogers Silver Plate Co.,Danbury. The suit is pending in the Circuit Court of the United States. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants have infringed a patented design for mirrors. Feb 22, 1899 Jewelers’ Circular
1906 The Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Company, Bridgeport, Conn. New York salesrooms, 387 Broadway. Works at Bridgeport and Deep River, Conn. Clocks, candlesticks, bronzes, silverware and art goods, nut picks and cracks, children’s sets and hardware specialties. American trade index, Volume 8
1908 The Jennings Bros. Mfg. Co. of Bridgeport, maker of art metal goods, has increased its capital from $100,000 to $400,000. The Iron trade review, Volume 42
1909 Charles O. Lambert, who has been employed for the past twelve years as factory superintendent by the Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Company, Bridgeport, Conn., manufacturers of silverware, clocks, candelabra, art goods, etc., on August 1 assumed the duties of manager of the Art Metal Novelty Company, Meriden, Conn., who make a similar line. Metal industry, Volume 7
1915 THE FANCY GOODS FAIR IN CHICAGO—The Palmer House. Jennings Bros. Mfg. Co., of Bridgeport, Conn., makers of silver plated novelties, showed their complete line in Room 656, in charge of G.H. Linton. Notions and fancy goods, Volume 49
1926 In 1892 the name was changed to Jennings Brothers Mfg. Co.; their officers remained the same to 1926, when Henry A. Jennings was named secretary. In 1927 Henry A. Jennings became president, and Erwin S. Jennings, son of Henry A., became secretary. Erwin M. and Henry A. both died in 1937.