C. Rogers & Bros. (Meriden, CT) design catalogues and other historical information (2016)

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"[Established in 1866, C. Rogers & Bros.] were not known as makers of tableware, but devoted most of their production to small articles, including casket hardware. In the mid 70’s they began making silver plated tableware, but the quality was not high. The factory was taken over by International Silver in 1903, and all patterns and lines carrying the C. Rogers & Bros. trademarks were dropped."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company (1977), p. 168.


This compilation focuses on design catalogues and historical information concerning C. Rogers & Bros. A link to a page focused on designs by this company 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. C. Rogers & Bros. design catalogues

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C. Rogers & Bros. (1876). Illustrated and descriptive catalogue of casket trimmings. 180 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 614.6 C111c, 1876 (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [A01514]

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C. Rogers & Bros. (1882). Illustrated and descriptive catalogue of coffin and casket trimmings. 155 pp. C. Rogers & Bros., Meriden, CT. Published: Springfield, MA. University of Texas call no. F - TS 2301 U5 R548 (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [A01450]

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C. Rogers & Bros. (1882). Wholesale price list of coffin and casket trimmings, manufacture by C. Rogers and bros. University of Texas call no. TS 2301 U5 R643 (link to library entry). 24 pp. Updated 20 April 2017. [A00488]

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C. Rogers & Bros. (1888). Coffin and casket hardware. 194 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. FOLIO 614.6 C111c, 1888 (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [A01513]

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(c. 1897). C. Rogers & Bros. silverware (online) [including the following patterns: B. Engraved, Belmont, Imperial, Lenox, Mayflower, Naples, Regent, Royal, Savarin, Shell, Westminster, Winthrop.] In 1968 reprint, Israel, Fred L. (Ed.), 1897 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 441-42. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. Courtesy University of California. Viewed 9 May 2017. [A02406; A02408-09]

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(c. 1902). C. Rogers & Bros. silverware (online). [Including the following patterns: Fancy, Newton, Plain, Regent, Shell, Victor, and Windsor.] In 1969 reprint, 1902 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 104. Crown Publishers. Courtesy University of California. Viewed 9 May 2017. [A02414; A02418]



B. C. Rogers & Bros. - other historical documentation

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(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.

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Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "C. Rogers & Bros." (online) mention (pp. 493). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780 (online). (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) 1086 pp. Courtesy University of California Libaries. Meriden: Published by the author. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00793-94]

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(1884). Meriden, Connecticut (online) map, (p. 9 showing Butler street below Hanover and C. Rogers & Bros.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 21 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00008]. For other maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

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D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “C. Rogers & Bros.” (online) (page 212). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. University of Connecticut call no. G1240 .H8 1893. Viewed 29 April 2016. [A00478-79]

"ROGERS & BROS, C.: Established 1866. Manufacturers of all kinds of Silver-Plated Ware, Spoons, Forks, Knives, etc.; Casket Trimmings; also Drawer Pulls, Cabinet Hardware, etc., etc. Factory and Office, Foot of Butler St."

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895) "C. Rogers & Bros." (online) In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 40. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00787-88]. (For more Rogers-related historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "C. Rogers & Bros." (online) sub-section including illustration of building (pp. 47-8). (Also, biographies on C. Rogers & Bros. partners: Cephas B. Rogers, Gilbert Rogers, and Walter Fiske Rogers, including portraits (pp. 503-12, Part II). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. [International Silver Company]. [Acquisitions is 1898-1903 — 1898: “Barbour Silver Company (Hartford), * Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport), * Manhattan Silver Plate, ( Lyons, New York), * Meriden Britannia Company (Meriden), * Norwich Cutlery (Norwich), * William Rogers Manufacturing Company (Hartford), Rogers Cutlery (Hartford), Rogers and Brothers (Waterbury), Rogers and Hamilton (Waterbury), Wilcox Silver Plate (Meriden), Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford), Standard Silver Company, Ltd. ( Toronto, Canada)”. 1899: “Derby Silver Company (Derby), Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company (Wallingford), Simpson Nickel Company (Wallingford), Middletown Plate Company (Middletown).” 1903: United States Silver Corporation, including * C. Rogers & Brothers (Meriden). University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT call no. 1980.0008 (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [A00419]

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(Undated). C. Rogers & Brothers - fire insurance map. Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, c. 1724-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, Box 3, Folder 2, no. 7430 (link to finding aid). Viewed 15 May 2017. [A02437]



C. C. Rogers & Bros. - secondary resources

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(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), vol 2. [On Frank W. Rogers (includes Rogers silver manufacturers information, (pp. 238-42 and portrait)]. The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 27 November 2016. [AAA00514-18]

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(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), vol 3. [On Gilbert Rogers (and C. Rogers & Brothers), (pp. 342-46).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00525; AAA00537-39]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "C. Rogers & Bros.", [pp. 44, 46, 158, 168 (see excerpt above)]. In An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. (Numerous mentions of Rogers-related companies, numerous photos and illustrations of designs, many reprinted trade catalogue pages showing designs. An essential reference.) Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). On "The Rogers Brothers", (pp. 161-70; 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. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]



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