Rogers & Brother (Waterbury, CT) design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"In the summer of 1858, [the firm of Rogers & Brother was established]... for many years the plant in Waterbury was considered the most complete silverplating production facility in the country. Their line of flatware was stamped (Star) Rogers & Bro. A less expensive grade was trademarked R & B (Rogers & Bro.)... [Rogers & Brother became part of the International Silver Company in 1898. On 1 January 1938,] the original factory was utilized until the equipment was moved to Meriden and combined with other factories located there."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company (1977), p. 162. (See entry below.)

This compilation focuses on design catalogues and historical information concerning selected Meriden-related Rogers brothers companies. A link to a page focused on designs by these companies 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.


Rogers & Brother design catalogues and historical information [1]

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1850s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1858-1924). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)


1870s

Trade card

Rogers & Brother. (1877-94). Trade card - A-1. In "Scrapbook of trade cards, 1877-1894". (Updated 18 April 2017. A02004-05.)

Design catalogue

Middletown Plate Company (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of fine electro silver plate on hard white metal [including flatware manufactured by Rogers & Brother]. 117 pp. (Updated 18 April 2017. A00670-71; A00840.)

Design catalogue reprint

Middletown Plate Co. (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of fine electro silver plate on hard white metal [including flatware manufactured by Rogers & Brother]. 118 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Updated 18 April 2017. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [2]

Advertisement

(September 1879). "Rogers & Brother" advert. In The Art Amateur, v. 1, no. 1. (Viewed 4 March 2017. A01597-98.)


1880s

Design catalogue

Rogers & Brother. (1882). Price list of Rogers & Brother. Waterbury, CT, 64 pp. (Viewed 28 April 2016. A00465; AAA00014.)

Design catalogue

D.C. Percival & Company. (1884). Wholesale dealers in watches, gold and plated jewelry, gold chains & silver goods, gold head canes & optical goods, Rogers & Brother silver plated flat ware : price list. 43 pp. Boston, MA: D.C. Percival & Company. (Viewed 6 May 2017. A02394.)

Historical map

(1884). Waterbury, Connecticut map, (map 20 showing "Rogers & Brother" along the Mad River). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 31 leaves. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01541-42.)

Historical information and photo of building

(1889). On "Rogers & Brother", [pp. 28 (description of company) and photo of building (unnumbered page)]. Waterbury and her industries. Fifty attractive and carefully selected views. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01535; A01537.)


1890s

Design catalogue

Rogers & Brother. (1892). Price list of the celebrated Rogers & Bro. A-1 electro silver plated spoons, forks, knives, etc. 124 pp. (Viewed 2 May 2016. A00521; AAA00023.)

Design catalogue

Rogers & Brother. (1893). Price List... Electro silver Plated Forks, Spoons, Knives... etc. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 18 April 2017. A01781.)

Trade card

Rogers & Brother. (c. 1893). Trade card - World’s Fair, Chicago. In "Scrapbook of trade cards, 1861-1895". (Updated 18 April 2017. A02001-02.)

Trade card

Rogers & Brother. (c. 1893). Trade card - Silver plated spoons and forks - reference to World’s Columbia Exposition (Chicago, 1893). In "Scrapbook of trade cards, 1861-1895". (Updated 18 April 2017. A02002-03)

Historical information and buildings illustration

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Rogers & Brother", Waterbury, CT (p. 215). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. (Viewed 8 January 2017. A00514; A01454-55)

"ROGERS & BROTHER, Waterbury: Asa H. Rogers was the first man of the name of Rogers to experiment and acquire a practical knowledge of the art of Electro Silver Plating. He began in Hartford, Conn., in 1846. He, with his younger brother, removed to Waterbury in 1858, and organized the present firm of Rogers & Brother, whose Silver Plate Manufactory and Office we illustrate. From small beginning the business has been developed by the Company, until now their annual product is close to $1,000,000 in value of flat ware alone. This Company confine themselves to goods of first quality only, never having made a spoon of low grade. Their name (or trademark), *Rogers & Bro., A1, is a guarantee of excellence, and of course their wares are deservedly popular. Incorporated in 1859. D. B. Hamilton, President and Treasurer; George Rockwell, Secretary.” (See source above.)

Rogers & Brother in Columbian Exhibition

(1893). "Rogers & Brother" (Waterbury) as exhibitor, (p. 28). In: World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Chicago), Official catalogue, Part VIII. W. B. Conkey Company: Chicago. (Viewed 8 January 2017. A00850; A01460)

Design catalogue

Rogers & Brother. (1895). Rogers & Bro., A-1 [catalog]. 15 pp. (Viewed 18 April 2017. A02238.)

Historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). “Horace C. Wilcox” (1824-90), director of "Rogers Bro’s" [presumably "Rogers & Brother"] of Waterbury, (p. 872). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune. (Viewed 19 April 2016. A00396-97)

Rogers & Brother in Columbian Exhibition

(1898). "Rogers & Brother" (exhibitor), (p. 134). In: Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01528-31.)

Rogers & Brother became part of the International Silver Company in 1898.


1900s

Design catalogue

Rogers & Brother / ISC. (c. 1900). Knives forks spoons etc.: Rogers & Bro., A-1 (Trade Mark): Made by Rogers & Brother, International Silver Company, successor, Waterbury, Conn. [catalogue no. 104]. 63 pp. (Updated 18 April 2017. A00471)

Historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Rogers & Brother (Waterbury) and Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. (Hartford) managers: George Redfield Curtis (director) (pp. 305-08 including portrait); Horace C. Wilcox (director) (pp. 530-32 including portrait). 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 II). 1248 pp overall. (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 George H. Wilcox, president of International Silver Company, and Horace C. Wilcox (partner, Meriden Britannia; director: Manning, Bowman & Co.; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Rogers Brothers (presumably Rogers & Brother) (Waterbury); R. Wallace & Sons (Wallingford); William Rogers Manufacturing Co. (Hartford), (pp. 70-3).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00525; AAA00540-41)


1920s

Secondary source

(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 7. [On William Henry Watrous: manager, Plating Department, Rogers Brothers [presumably Rogers & Brother], Waterbury; acquired Norwich Cutlery; President of Watrous Manufacturing Company, (pp. 296-97 and portrait). (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00510-13)


1930s

Design brochure

International Silver Company / Rogers & Bro. (193?). Rogers & Bro. silverplated holloware. 4 pp. (Updated 20 April 2017. A01282)

Secondary source

(1934). "William Rogers and his brothers in the silverware industry", The Keystone magazine, (August 1934), 5 pp., and (September 1934), 4 pp. Reprinted in source unknown, possibly International Silver Company promotional material. [Refers to Meriden Britannia; 1847 Rogers Bros.; Rogers & Brother; Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.; Rogers Cutlery; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.; and Wm. Rogers & Son.] (Viewed 9 May 2017. AAA00598; A02400.)


1940s

Secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Rogers & Brother" mention, (p. 118). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]


1950s

Secondary source

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. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). (Viewed 27 November 2016. A00789-90.)


1970s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Rogers & Brother", [pp. 40, 157, 162 (excerpt at top of webpage)]. In An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 17 April 2017.) [DM]


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). On "Rogers & Brother" [pp. 93 (organge peelers, with possible text-oriented reprint page, source unknown, shows 2 illustrations of design); 104 (3 photos of child’s cup: 1870, 1880, 1882); 120 (photo of silverplated basket, c. 1890), 167 (short bit about founding)]. In 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. (Updated 17 April 2017.) [DM]

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.) Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. (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. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. (Updated 17 April 2017.) [DM]


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Lithograph of building

R. Caughey. (undated). Color lithograph of Rogers & Brother factory, Waterbury, CT. (Viewed 15 April 2017. AAA00591-C04.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, object no. 2016.115.0.


Footnotes:
[1] Rogers & Brother became part of the International Silver Company in 1898. [See "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921 (link to library entry)". University of Connecticut university libraries website.] Viewed 16 May 2016. [A00660 and A00666]

[2] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980 (online). [Entry no. 1672, p. 291]. Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 19 June 2016. (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.) [A00518; A00904]



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