C. Rogers & Bros. designs in collections, exhibitions, design catalogues and 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... 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.


A. C. Rogers & Bros. designs in collections, etc. (by year)


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1860s

1866-1903 - four teaspoons

C. Rogers & Bros. (1866-1903). Four teaspoons. (Accession nos. 1998.957.1-2; 1998.957.4-5. Viewed 26 August 2017. G00040-42; G00054.)

  • Historic New England organization, Boston (1; 2; 3; 4).


1880s

c. 1880 - dinner fork, Ruby pattern

C. Rogers & Bros. (c. 1880). Dinner fork, Ruby pattern. Silver plate. (Accession no. 88.112.5. Viewed 5 March 2017. A01631.)

c. 1883 - knife and fork, Westminster pattern

C. Rogers & Bros. (patented 1883). Westminster pattern knife and fork. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1983.101.4-5. Viewed 1 March 2017. A01501-02.)

  • Photos - Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (knife; fork).

c. 1885 - orange spoon

C. Rogers & Bros. (c. 1885). Orange spoon. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1989.66.3. Viewed 6 March 2017. A01653.)

c. 1890 - teaspoon

Probably C. Rogers & Bros. (c. 1890). Teaspoon. Silver plate. (Accession no. 87.223.6. Viewed 5 March 2017. A01609.)

1892 - commemorative spoon

C. Rogers & Bros. (1892). Commemorative spoon ("Old Jed Prouty" 1000th performance). Silver plate. (Accession no. 63.150.46. Viewed 8 April 2017. A02011.)

c. 1896 - butter knife, Westminster pattern

C. Rogers & Bros. (c. 1896). Butter knife, Westminster pattern. Silver plate. (Accession no. 88.112.1. Viewed 5 March 2017. A01630.)


1900s

c. 1902 - fork, Mayflower pattern

C. Rogers & Bros. (c. 1902). Fork, Mayflower pattern. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1989.112.4. Viewed 6 March 2017. A01677.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver companies that were connected to the International Silver Company, including other "Rogers" companies, and those from the Meriden area; go to the historical Meriden design overview page and scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".



n. d.

n. d. - ten tablespoons

C. Rogers & Bros. (undated). Ten tablespoons. (Accession nos. 1993.662; 1993.662.1-9. Viewed 27 August 2017. G00060-69.)

n. d. - five knives and box

  • C. Rogers & Bros. (undated). Five knives and peach-colored box. (Accession nos. 1962.290.1-6. Viewed 1 March 2017. A01503; A01505-09.)
  • Photos - Bennington Museum, Vermont (1; 2; 3; 4; 5; box.)

n. d. - tablespoon

C. Rogers & Bros. (undated). Tablespoon. Presumably silver plate. (Object ID. no. L978.D.046.001. Viewed 14 July 2018. G02733-34).


B. C. Rogers & Bros. designs in exhibitions


1870s

10 May - 10 November 1876. Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia. See: List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [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.)

Also see: (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.)


C. C. Rogers & Bros. design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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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.)

1853-1931 - company records

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


1870s

1870 - 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.)

1873 - patent - improvement in coffin-handles

Hervey Rogers, Jr., assignor to C. Rogers & Brother. (6 May 1873; filed 3 April 1873). Letters patent no. 138,696: Improvement in coffin-handles. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01643).

1873 - patent - design for a casket-handle socket

Cephas B. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (6 May 1873; filed 3 April 1873). Design no. 6639: Design for a casket-handle socket. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01644).

1873 - patent - design for casket-handle socket

Cephas B. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Brother. (6 May 1873; filed 3 April 1873). Design no. 6640: Design for casket-handle socket. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01642).

1875 - patent - design for coffin-screw heads

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (2 February 1875; filed 22 January 1875). Design no. 8037: Design for coffin-screw heads. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02580).

1875 - patent - design for coffin-screw heads

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (2 February 1875; filed 22 January 1875). Design no. 8038: Design for coffin-screw heads. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02581).

1875 - patent - design for coffin-handle sockets

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (2 February 1875; filed 22 January 1875). Design no. 8039: Design for coffin-handle sockets. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02582).

1875 - patent - design for coffin-screws

Cephas B. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Brothers. (5 October 1875; filed 21 September 1875). Design no. 8690: Design for coffin-screws. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01646).

1875 - patent - design for coffin-plates

Cephas B. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (2 November 1875; filed 21 September 1875). Design no. 8765: Design for coffin-plates. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01647).

1876 - C. Rogers in 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.)

1876 - C. Rogers in 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.)

1876 - design catalogue

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

1876 - patent - design for coffin-plates

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (4 January 1876; filed 30 November 1875). Design no. 8887: Design for coffin-plates. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02583).

1876 - patent - design for coffin-handle socket

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (14 March 1876; filed 31 January 1876). Design no. 9133: Design for coffin-handle socket. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02584).

1876 - patent - design for hinges for burial-caskets

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (25 July 1876; filed 10 July 1876). Design no. 9406: Design for hinges for burial-caskets. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02585).

1876 - patent - design for coffin ornaments

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (1 August 1876; filed 24 July 1876). Design no. 9422: Design for coffin ornaments. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02586).

1876 - patent - design for coffin ornaments

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Brothers. (1 August 1876; filed 24 July 1876). Design no. 9423: Design for coffin ornaments. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02267).

1877 - patent - design for coffin-handle ears

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Brother. (15 May 1877; filed 7 May 1877). Design no. 9973: Design for coffin-handle ears. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA02266).

1877 - patent - design for coffin-handle ears

Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (15 May 1877; filed 7 May 1877). Design no. 9974: Design for coffin-handle ears. (Viewed 13 April 2018. AAA01656).

1878 - patent - design for casket-screw

Cephas B. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Brother. (16 April 1878; filed 18 February 1878). Design no. 10,631: Design for casket-screw. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01645).


1880s

1880 - patent - coffin-handle tip

Charles F. Mosman, assignor to C. Rogers & Brothers. (4 May 1880; filed 13 March 1880). Letters patent no. 227,285: Coffin-handle tip. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02587).

1880 - patent - coffin-handle tip

Charles F. Mosman, assignor to C. Rogers & Brothers. (18 May 1880; filed 13 March 1880). Letters patent no. 227,816: Coffin-handle tip. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02588).

1881 - 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.)

1882 - 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.)

1882 - 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.)

1884 - 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.)

1885 - patent - design for a coffin ornament

Cephas B. Rogers and Russell H. Burr, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (8 December 1885; filed 19 October 1885). Design no. 16,411; serial no. 180,358: Design for a coffin ornament. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01648).

1888 - price list

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


1890s

1890 - patent - design for a spoon or fork handle

Arthur G. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (13 May 1890; filed 24 March 1890). Design no. 19,840; serial no. 345,167: Design for a spoon or fork handle. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01655).

1890 - patent - design for a spoon or fork handle

Arthur G. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (13 May 1890; filed 24 March 1890). Design no. 19,841; serial no. 345,168: Design for a spoon or fork handle. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01654).

1890 - patent - design for a handle for spoons or forks.

Arthur G. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (26 August 1890; filed 26 July 1890). Design no. 20,113; serial no. 360,091: Design for a handle for spoons or forks. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01653).

1891 - 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).

1893 - 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.)


1893 - 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.)

1893 - patent - design for a spoon

Arthur G. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (27 June 1893; filed 29 May 1893). Design no. 22,560; serial no. 475,970: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01652).

1894 - patent - design for a spoon

Arthur G. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (25 September 1894; filed 27 July 1894). Design no. 23,652; serial no. 518,776: Design for a spoon. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01651).

1895 - 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.)

c. 1897 - 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.)

c. 1897 - 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.)

1897 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, etc.

Arthur G. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (31 August 1897; filed 20 July 1897). Design no. 27,589; serial no. 645,267: Design for a handle for spoons, etc. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01650).

1899 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, etc.

Arthur G. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (4 July 1899; filed 9 June 1899). Design 31,116; serial no. 719,977: Design for a handle for spoons, etc. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01649).


1900s

1901 - patent - design for a handle for spoons, forks, or similar articles

Arthur G. Rogers, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros. (31 December 1901; filed 22 November 1901). Design no. 35,502; serial no. 83,348: Design for a handle for spoons, forks, or similar articles. (Viewed 31 March 2018. AAA01641).

c. 1902 - 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.)

1906 - 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

1917 - 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.)

1917 - 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

1968 - 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

1977 - 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

1980 - 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.)

1980 - 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.)