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

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C. Rogers & Bros. Meriden silver map Cephas Rogers portrait


"[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... 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.


C. Rogers & Bros. design catalogues and historical information

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1860s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1866-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

Company records

International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records [including C. Rogers & Brothers (Meriden)]. (Updated 20 April 2017. A00419.)


1870s

Historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "C. Rogers & Bros." mention, (p. 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. (Within "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) Meriden: Published by the author. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)

C. Rogers in 1876 Philadelphia exhibition

(1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. (10 May - 10 November 1876.) [Listed: C. Rogers & Co. (p. 31). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.] S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

C. Rogers in 1876 Philadelphia exhibition

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia. [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; Exhibitors including C. Rogers & Bros.]. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)

Design catalogue

C. Rogers & Bros. (1876). Illustrated and descriptive catalogue of casket trimmings. 180 pp. (Updated 20 April 2017. A01514.)


1880s

Illustration of building

Porter, Wils (lithographer). (1881). Illustration of C. Rogers & Bros. In Meriden, Conn. 1881 / From Summit Heights [print (lithograph)]. B. S. Farrow (Publisher). (Object no. 1973.0498.004. Viewed 3 June 2017. A02584-85.)

Design catalogue

C. Rogers & Bros. (1882). Illustrated and descriptive catalogue of coffin and casket trimmings. C. Rogers & Bros., Meriden, CT. Published: Springfield, MA. (Updated 20 April 2017. A01450.)

Price list

C. Rogers & Bros. (1882). Wholesale price list of coffin and casket trimmings, manufacture by C. Rogers and Bros. (Updated 20 April 2017. A00488.)

Map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 9 showing Butler street below Hanover and C. Rogers & Bros.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)

Price list

C. Rogers & Bros. (1888). Coffin and casket hardware. 194 pp. (Updated 20 April 2017. A01513.)


1890s

Advertisement

C. Rogers & Bros. (2 January 1891). Advertisement: "C. Rogers & Bros., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of Silver Plated Ware..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, column 2. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00222).

Historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "C. Rogers & Bros.", (p. 212). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. (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." (Excerpt from above.)

News mention

(August 1893). News mention: "C. Rogers & Bros., Meriden, Conn., are to start a new branch of the flatware business this fall, one that will employ between forty and fifty hands..." House Furnishing Review, p. 99. (Viewed 6 October 2017. G01102.)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "C. Rogers & Bros.", (p. 40). In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00787-88.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "C. Rogers & Brothers, (p. 928). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02631.)

Design catalogue section reprint

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


1900s

Design catalogue section reprint

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

Secondary source

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "C. Rogers & Bros." 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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)


1910s

Secondary source

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, 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. (Viewed 27 November 2016. AAA00514-18.)

Secondary source

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


1960s

Magazine article

Hodgson, Beulah D. (February 1968). [Rogers Brothers, The International Silver Company (/ Meriden Britannia), Meriden, Conn.] Silver Magazine. (Viewed 13 September 2017. G00209.)


1970s

Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

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.) (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


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Secondary source

(Undated). C. Rogers & Brothers - fire insurance map. (Viewed 15 May 2017. A02437.)


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