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

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1858-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)


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.)

Two advertisements

Rogers & Brother. (January & February 1884). Advertisements: "’The Saratoga’ — Patented, made by Rogers & Brother, 690 Broadway, New York..." (with illustrations). The Jewelers’ Circular. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00478; G00483.)

Silverware flatware display

Rogers & Brother. (1887). Silverware flatware display. Silver plate and paper. (Accession no. 96.42.2. Viewed 30 August 2017. G00090.)

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.)

Magazine article

(25 May 1892). The manufacture of silver-plated flatware; An exposition of the processes employed in the works of Rogers & Bro., Waterbury, Conn. The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, pp. 40-45. (Viewed 27 September 2017; G00738-40.)

1892 advertisements

See the ads

Four advertisements

Rogers & Brother. (April 1892). Advertisement: "... Original Star Brand... 16 Cortlandt St., New York..." The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 27 September 2017. G00715; G00720; G00724; G00728.)

Three advertisements

Rogers & Brother. (May 1892). Advertisements: "Rogers & Bro. A.1..." The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 27 September 2017. G00492; G00497; G00731.)

Three advertisements

Rogers & Brother. (May-June 1892). Advertisements: "Original - Genuine Rogers & Bro. A.1. ..." (with seven illustrations of cutlery showing Savoy, Shell, and Tuxedo patterns). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00737; G00744; G00757.)

Three advertisements

Rogers & Brother. (June 1892). Advertisements: "Rogers & Bro. A.1..." The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00749; G00752; G00755).



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

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Rogers & Brother", Waterbury, CT (p. 215) and building illustration. 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)

News mention

(July 1893). News mention: "... the magnitude and attractive appearance of the display of silverware... at the Columbian Exposition by Rogers & Brother..." (with illustration of pavilion). House Furnishing Review, p. 55. (Viewed 3 October 2017. G01104.)

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)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Rogers & Brother", (pp. 899-900). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 8 June 2017. A02626; A02629-30.)

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)

1903 advertisements

See the ads

Two advertisements

International Silver Company. (January-February 1903). Advertisements: "Makers of Wares of Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., Manhattan Silver Plate Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01135; G01151.)

Four advertisements

International Silver Company. (March-June 1903). Advertisements: "... Makers of Wares in Sterling and Silver Plate... [Factories:] The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., Rogers & Brother, Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Forbes Silver Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co., Middletown Plate Co. ..." House Furnishing Review. (Viewed 7 October 2017. G01154; G01159; .)



Design brochure

International Silver Company / Rogers Bros. [presumably 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia or Rogers & Brother.] (1904). Price list. Spoons, forks, knives, etc. 24 pp. (Viewed 8 May 2017. A02395.)

Missing design catalogue

Rogers & Brother / International Silver Company. (c. 1904). [no. 76 catalogue]. [Might possibly be catalogue listed above.] (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00467; G00471.)

News brief

(July 1904). News brief: Mystic silverware [about the Mystic pattern by International Silver Company / Rogers & Brother (with illustration).] Hardware Dealers’ Magazine, p. 96. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00464.)

1904 advertisements

See the ads

Three advertisements

Rogers & Brother / International Silver Company. (July and August 1904). Advertisements: "Leading Jobbers Handle, The Old Reliable Star Brand..." Hardware Dealers’ Magazine. (Updated 1 October September 2017. G00467; G00471; G00979.)

Three advertisements

Rogers & Brother / International Silver Company. (October-December 1904). Advertisements: "... The Mystic is furnished in either Burnished or French Grey Finish in a completel line, including Cutlery..." (including illustrations of Mystic pattern spoons and forks.) Hardware Dealers’ Magazine. (Viewed 30 September 2017. G00945; G00950; G00953.)



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.)

Advertisement

International Silver Company. (1 September 1909). Advertisement: "Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Cut Glass... Factories: The Barbour Silver Co., The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Meriden Britannia Co., The Meriden Cut Glass Co., 1847 Rogers Bros., Rogers & Brother; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co., The Derby Silver Co., The Meriden Silver Plate Co., The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., The Rogers & Hamilton Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., The Watrous Mfg. Co." The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 31. (Viewed 19 September 2017. G00475.)

Advertisement

Rogers & Brother / International Silver Company. (22 September 1909). Advertisement: "Florette Pattern..." (with five illustrations). The Jewelers’ Circular, p. 35. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00765.)


1910s

Design catalogue

Manning-Bowman & Co. / Rogers & Brother / (ISC). (c. 1911). Nickel and silver plate on planished copper, nickel silver and white metal. Solid copper and aluminum. Seamless "ivory" enameled ware, plated mountings. Spoons, forks, knives, etc. Trade mark: Rogers & Bro. A-1 [catalogue no. 61]. (Viewed 17 June 2017. AAA00601-05; AAA00603; AAA00604).

  • Offline - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

c. 1912 design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (c. 1912). Nickel and silver plate on planished copper, nickel silver and white metal, solid copper and aluminum, seamless "ivory" enameled ware, plated mountings, spoons, forks, knives, etc. [Trademark: Rogers & Bro. (ISC)]: catalogue no. 63. 261 pp. (Updated 11 October 2017. A00373; G01292-1341.)

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

Rogers & Brother / International Silver Company. (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.)


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.)

Magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (June 1968). Brides baskets and bowls. Spinning Wheel, pp. 16-17. (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co. / Victor Silver Co.: silverplated stand (undated);
> Meriden Britannia Co.: fruit bowl (c. 1895), two fruit stands (c. 1879), silverplated basket (c. 1896);
> Rogers & Brother: basket (1890);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: basket (c. 1896), fruit bowl (1886);
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.: (1889);
> Also Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. is mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.


1970s

Magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (May 1976). Silverware for children. Spinning wheel, pp. 13-16. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00699.)

Illustrations
> Forbes Silver Company: "Royal Baby Plate" (c. 1908-30);
> Hartford Silver Plate Co.: child’s cup (c. 1880);
> Holmes and Edwards Silver Co. / International Silver Company: "My own set", Danish Princess pattern (c. 1938);
> Meriden Britannia Company: 2 child’s cups (c. 1867, c. 1882), 3 child’s trays (1886), Princess pattern child’s set from 1879 catalogue;
> Middletown Plate Co. / Superior Silver Co.: child’s cup (c. 1890);
> 1847 Rogers Brothers: 2 child’s sets, Assyrian and Fairie pattern (c. 1887);
> Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.: 11 children’s cups, reprinted from 1860 catalogue;
> Rogers & Brother: 3 child’s cups (c. 1870, c. 1880, c. 1882);
> Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: 4 children’s bowl sets, reprinted from 1891 catalogue;
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.: child’s cup (c. 1896);
> Also, Rogers, Smith & Co. is also mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT;
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.

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]

Magazine article

Cramer, Diana. (March / April 1987). [Pepper spoon - Gorham & R & B]. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00204.)

Magazine article

Rainwater, Dorothy & H. Ivan. (September / October 1987). [American silverplate card receivers - R & B, Meriden, etc.] Silver Magazine. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00204.)

Magazine article

Rainwater, Dorothy T. (November / December 1987). [American silverplate pitchers - R & B, Pairpoint, etc.] Silver Magazine. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00204.)

Magazine article

Cramer, Diana. (January / February 1988). [American silverplate spice dishes - R & B, Meriden, etc.] Silver Magazine. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00204.)

Magazine article

Cramer, Diana. (January / February 1988). Silverplate in the Japanese style - Meriden and R & B. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 8 September 2017. G00204.)


1990s

Magazine article

(January / February 1991). [Eggs, eaten in style - R & B toast racks]. Silver Magazine. (Viewed 7 September 2017. G00203.)


n. d.

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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