1847 Rogers Brothers design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"In November of 1862, an agreement was made with Meriden Britannia Company for the three Rogers [Asa, Simeon, and William] to come to Meriden to superintend the manufacturing of their famous silverplate. The trademark to be used was "1847 Rogers Bros." and this was the first year the numerals "1847" were used with "Rogers Bros." [In 1898, Meriden Britannia Company became part of the International Silver Company.

— Edmund P. Hogan in The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities (1980), (pp. 167-68)


This compilation focuses on design catalogues and historical information concerning 1847 Rogers Brothers. A link to a page focused on 1847 Rogers Brothers designs is above. For designs and comparable material about other Meriden-related Rogers silver and cutlery companies, see the Rogers section (under "B. ISC, predecessors and divisions") on the Design Meriden overview page.


A. 1847 Rogers Bros. - designs catalogues

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (after 1862). 1847 Rogers Brothers Spoons, Forks, Knives, etc. [Catalogue No. 36.] 163 pp. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 51.582; Brooklyn Museum library, special collections, call no. SCR NK7242 F55 R63; Connecticut Historical Society call no. F974.62 M651mbr#36 - offline. Updated 13 January 2017. [A00464; A01477; C00001-41].

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (1875). Price List of the Celebrated 1847 Rogers Bros. A1 Silver-Plated Spoons, Forks, &c.. 30 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 18 February 2017. [AAA00570 - 015].

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (1881). Price list of the Meriden Britannia Co.’s celebrated 1847. — Rogers Bros. — A-1. electro silver-plated spoons, forks, etc. 68 pp. Meriden, CT. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 739.2283 M561c, 1881. Viewed 8 January 2017. [A01451]

1847 rogers brothers

Busiest House in America. (1889). 13th annual illustrated catalogue of the Busiest House in America containing illustrations and prices of a few leading and staple styles of diamonds, watches, jewelry, silverware, clocks, canes, umbrellas, opera glasses, gold spectacles, eye glasses, etc. [pp. 3-93 feature designs by Rogers, Smith & Co; Meriden Britannia; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; and Middletown Plate Co. without specifying which designs are by which of the 4 companies. Additionally, 1847 Rogers Brothers designs are on pp. 115-30, 134-38, and additional Rogers, Smith & Co designs are on pp. 135 & 137.] Catalogue: 482 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum Library, Delaware. Viewed 7 March 2017. [A01684; AAA00585]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (1890). Staple goods: Gold and silver plate. 176 pp. ["This catalogue contains... a complete assortment of 1847.- Rogers Bros. - A1." (p. 2)] Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56st TC*. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00613]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (1893). World’s Fair: The Meriden Britannia Co. ; also makers of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, knifes, forks, etc. 12 pp. ("Catalogue of silver plated ware displayed in its pavilion at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.") Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT / Supported by Design Meriden. Viewed 1 June 2016. [A00393; A00731]

1847 rogers brothers

1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia). (1893). [trade catalogue]. No copy in a public library known to exist. Viewed 7 January 2017.

1847 rogers brothers

1847 Rogers Bros. (Meriden Britannia.) (1893). Reprinted illustrations showing 4 mustache spoons from catalogue (1893). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 91). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 7 January 2017. [DM]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (1895). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. 1847 Rogers Bros. [catalogue no. 43]. 141 pp. [Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt, New York, call no. 048815 quarto; Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56d TC*.] Updated 4 January 2017. [A00934-35] [1]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (1895). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. (1847 Rogers Bros.) [catalogue No. 43]. 141 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry 1670, p. 291). (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [A00518; A00902; A00904] [2]

In 1898, the Meriden Britannia Company and 1847 Rogers Brothers became part of the International Silver Company.

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (after 1898). Ambassador and other patterns of "1847 Rogers Bros." silverware. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 61.555.19. Viewed 8 January 2017. [A01456]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (after 1898). Heraldic (pattern for) "1847 Rogers Bros." Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 61.555.20. Viewed 28 April 2016. [A00469]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (after 1898). Louvain (pattern of) "1847 Rogers Bros." silverware. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 61.555.18. Viewed 28 April 2016. [A00468]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. (“Includes two brochures laid in at rear that describe the Sharon and Salem patterns of silver plate”… “The Meriden Britannia Co. was a part of the International Silver Co.”) Meriden, CT, 48 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56e TC. Viewed 29 April 2016. [A00486]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. [catalogue no. 93]. 48 pp. “Reprint” in Trade Catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3101). (“Includes two brochures laid in at rear that describe the Sharon and Salem patterns of silver plate”… “The Meriden Britannia Co. was a part of the International Silver Co.”) Also see no. 3012 for a price list that sounds very similar.) (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call nos. Fiche B2264 3101 & Fiche B2264 3102. (See worldcat.org for other locations). [A00868; A00889; A00897-900] [3]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (c. 1910). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. [catalogue no. 93]. 48 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry no. 1671, p. 291), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [A00518; A00902; A00904] [4]

1847 rogers brothers

Mclean, Black & Co., Inc., Boston, wholesale dealers in genuine [presumably 1847] Rogers [ISC] silverware. (191-?). Guaranteed jewelry, watches & diamonds [catalogue no. 22]. Number of pages unknown. University of Virginia libraries call no. TS199.A5 S5 (no. 4). Viewed 22 February 2017. [A01496]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1916). 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc. 26 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 739.2283 M561c, 1916. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01125]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (1919?). 1847 Rogers Bros.: spoons, forks, knives, etc. / Meriden Britannia Co. [no. 151] 16 pp. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, call no. Trade Cat .M561 1919. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01126]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company / 1847 Rogers Bros. (192?). 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplated hollowware (catalogue no. 175). 47 pp. Hagley Museum and Library call no. f Trade Cat .I613 192-. Viewed 16 October 2016. [A01212]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (1921, 1924). Eighteen forty seven Rogers Bros. silverplate 1921, 1924. Meriden, CT. Smithsonian Libraries - NMAH Trade Literature, Washington, DC, call no. 029584-029585. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01423]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (1922). 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate. Meriden, CT. 16 pp. The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI, call no. X.P.B. 1922. Viewed 28 April 2016. [A00468]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (1922). The "Anniversary" Pattern, 1847 Rogers Bros. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, call no. 61.504.10. Viewed 28 April 2016. [A00467]

1847 rogers brothers

Luza, Reynaldo / Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (192-). Presenting Silhouette: A new pattern in 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate. ("This portfolio was created and printed in Paris by Draeger for 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate, International Silver Co., Meriden, Conn."—Page [11]. "The drawings are by Reynaldo Luza"—Page [11].) 1 volume, unpaged. Columbia University, New York, call no. AK7240 M543 F. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01127]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (c. 1924-29). The mode in modern table decoration. (“Promotional booklet for 1847 Rogers Bros. Silverplate flatware”). 7 unnumbered pages. Harvard University Hollis no. 014605452. Viewed 3 May 2016. [A00524]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (1920-25). Anniversary Pattern, 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate (brochure). Historic New England organization, Boston, MA, reference code EP001.12.012.006.013. Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00958]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (c. 1925). International Silver Co. silverplate: 1847 Rogers Bros., Wm. Rogers & Son, Holmes & Edwards. 40 pp. The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.I5785 I57856 1925. Viewed 24 June 2016. [A00957]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (c. 1929). Chest and utility tray combinations 1847 Rogers Bros. silverplate. 24 pp. The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI call no. P.B. ca. 1929. Viewed 22 November 2016. [A01283; AAA00544] [DM]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (1930, 1931). Eighteen forty seven Rogers Bros. genuine original Rogers silverplate 1930, 1931. Meriden, CT. Smithsonian Libraries - NMAH Trade Literature, Washington, DC, call no. 029582-029583. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01422]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company / 1847 Rogers Bros.; Wm. Rogers & Son. (c. 1935). 1847 Rogers Bros., Wm. Rogers & Son hollow ware, approx. 106 pp. [Including Modernist lines: Modern Colonial; Arcadia; Legacy.] Meriden Historical Society. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00202] [DM]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (1951). Eighteen forty seven Rogers Bros. America’s finest silverplate... Number of pages unknown. Smithsonian Institution call no 029588. Viewed 30 April 2016. [A00490]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (1952). 1847 Rogers Bros., America’s finest silverplate; Wm. Rogers & Son, reinforced plate by International; Rogers sterling, beauty and craftsmanship in solid silver: Products of the International Silver Company. 44 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 739.2283 I61c, 1952. Updated 8 January 2017. [A00491]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company / (ISC). (19xx). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros.: Spoons, forks, knives, etc., and a few choice places in tea sets, trays, meat dishes, candelabra, etc., made only by the successors to Rogers Bros. Meriden, CT; 47 pp. New York Public Library call no. 3-MNO n.c. 2 (Silverware). (Also, presumably the same at Montana Historical Society Research Center, Helena, MT, call. no PAM 1801.) Updated 8 January 2007. [A01448; A01453]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (undated). Spoons, forks, knives, etc. : made by the Meriden Britannia Co. ... : [catalogue no. 43]. (Added title: “1847 Rogers Bros. spoons forks knives…”) 141 pp. SI, Cooper Hewitt, New York call no. q 048815. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00622]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (1900s). [Trade catalogue and price lists]. Related companies: 1847 Rogers Bros.; Holmes & Edwards Inlaid; Wm. Rogers & Son; H.O. Hurlbert & Sons. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Record ID: SILNMAHTL_21844. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01426]

1847 rogers brothers

Meriden Britannia Company. (19??). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros: Spoons, forks, knives, etc. [“book no. 70… International Silver Co… made only by the successors to Rogers Bros, Meriden Britannia Co. 61 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no 739.23 I61p. Viewed 7 January 2017. [A01449]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (19—?). Price list of 1847 Rogers Bros. spoons, forks, knives, etc., book no. 70. 61 pp. [Some tears and water damage.] Connecticut Historical Society call no. 739.23 I61p – offline. Viewed 10 May 2016. [C00014-37]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company of Canada Limited / [presumably 1847] Rogers Brothers. (1933). Answering the question: How much silver. 16 pp. University of Toronto call no. lang pam 00371. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00621]

1847 rogers brothers

Otto Young & Co. (undated). [Trade catalogs on jewelers’ merchandise : silverplated ware, clocks and watches, watch crystals, jewelry, pens and pencils, leather goods, stationery, umbrellas, eyeglasses and lenses, opticians’ sundries and instruments, watchmakers’ and jewelers’ equipment and supplies ... ] [Includes illustrated price list. Includes products from various manufacturers including [presumably 1847] Rogers Bros.]. Smithsonian Libraries - NMAH Trade Literature, Washington, DC, call no. 050252. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01427]

1847 rogers brothers

International Silver Company. (undated). 1847 Rogers Bros. W.M. Rogers & Son Hollowware. [Contains:1847 "First Love", "Lincoln", "Modern Colonial", "Neptune", Arcadia", Marquis", "Legacy"; WmR&S-"York", "Shelley", "Guild".] 98 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 20 February 2017. [AAA00570 - 065]



B. 1847 Rogers Bros. - other historical information

1847 rogers brothers

(Various years). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

1847 rogers brothers

(1891). On the "Meriden Britannia Company / 1847 Rogers Bros.", [pp. 148 (advert); 156 (description and illustration)]. In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. Viewed 3 March 2017. [A01543; A01546-48]

1847 rogers brothers

(7 February 1891). "1847 Rogers Bros. A1" advert / (Meriden Britannia), (p. 16). In Hardware, vol. 3, no. 6. Courtesy University of Toronto. Viewed 4 March 2017. [A01587-88]

1847 rogers brothers

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Meriden Britannia” (page 211) and illustration. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Viewed 1 May 2016. [A00514; A00516]



"MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO. (THE)
In the year 1852 Messrs. I. C. Lewis, L. J. Curtis, W. W. Lyman, H. C. Wilcox and other gentlemen of Meriden, Conn., organized a manufacturing company for the production of articles in britannia metal and adopted the corporate name of Meriden Britannia Co. The officers of the new venture at that early period were Isaac C. Lewis, President, and Horace C. Wilcox, Secretary and Treasurer. The following summer George R. Curtis was made Treasurer, a position which he has occupied ever since. These gentlemen and Dennis C. Wilcox, who held the position of Secretary for many years and until his death in 1886, filled the official chairs from the beginning. From a moderate beginning the plant of this Company has increased until its floor surface covers over eight acres of space. It is one of the representative establishments of its kind in the world. The present officers of the Meriden Britannia Co. are: H. C. Wilcox, President; I. C. Lewis, superintendent; George H. Wilcox, Secretary; George R. Curtis, Treasurer; George M. Curtis, Assistant Treasurer, and George Rockwell, Auditor. H .C. Wilcox has been for years the chief executive officer. Capital $1,100,000. Manufacturers of "1847" Rodgers [sic] Bros. Silver Ware; Gold and Silver Plate on Fine Nickel Silver and White Metal; Tea, Coffee and Water Sets, Candelabra, Epergnes, Fruit Dishes, Cake Baskets, Baking Dishes, etc. etc. Offices: New York, Chicago, Meriden, London, Paris, San Francisco, and Hamilton, Ont."

— D.H. Hurd & Co. in Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations (1893), p. 211.



1847 rogers brothers

(ISC). (1907). The silver standard: A periodical of 1847, (vol. II & III). [Publication for distributors]. Courtesy Winterthur Library, Delaware. Viewed 29 October 2016. [AAA00395; A01220]



C. 1847 Rogers Bros. - key secondary sources

1847 rogers brothers

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "1847 Rogers Brothers" mentions, (pp. 52, 74, 101, 103-04, 107, 110, 115-16, 225, 230, 290-91, 296, 297-303). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (See worldcat.org for locations.) Viewed 15 March 2017. [DM]

1847 rogers brothers

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Horace C. Wilcox, Rogers brothers, Meriden Britannia Company and Wilcox Silver Plate Co., (pp. 87-91). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). Courtesy of University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT. Viewed 27 November 2016. [A00789-90]

1847 rogers brothers

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "1847 Rogers Brothers", [pp. 10 (ISC advert, 1917); 19; 34; 71]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. See worldcat.org for locations. Updated 1 March 2017. [DM]

1847 rogers brothers

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). On "1847 Rogers Bros." [pp. 66 (fruit knives), 90-91 (mustache spoons, including illustrations of 4 in 1893 trade catalogue), 94-5 (photo of 5-piece place setting, Vintage pattern, undated), 98 (flatware), 101-02 (flatware for children, including photo of Assyrian pattern), 106 (baby plates), 167-69 (on start of "1847 Rogers Bros.")]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [DM]

1847 rogers brothers

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). On "The Rogers Brothers", [pp. 161-70 (excerpt above); other mentions in book’s index; including reproduced illustration of William, Asa, and Simeon Rogers; adverts; b/w photos of spoons, building illustrations; and photo of Meriden Britannia building]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 14 December 2016. [DM]

1847 rogers brothers

Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. 392 pp. ISBN: 0-300-10927-x. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) Multiple locations: see worldcat.org.

1847 rogers brothers

Preece, Robert. (28 September 2016). Jewel Stern interview: Modernist silver from Meriden-Wallingford. Design Meriden at artdesigncafe.com, 1(2).



Footnotes:
[1] This was updated in 2016 to 1895 based on primary source documentation that Design Meriden forwarded from the University of Connecticut to the Winterthur library.

[2] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980 (entry no. 1670, p. 291). Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]. In the microfiche, the dating is c. 1890; see footnote 1. Hence "1895".

[3] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2 (entry 3101, p. 91). (Also see entry 3102.) 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. [A00868; A00871] (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.)

[4] See footnote no. 1. Entry no. 1671, p. 291. Viewed 20 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]



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