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.)... [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.

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.


A. Rogers & Brother design catalogues [1]

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. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M62 F TC; Yale University call no. WF 248 (link to library entry); Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. MMA accession no. 66.655.12. Updated 18 April 2017. [A00670-71; A00840]

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. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Updated 18 April 2017. [A00518; A00902; A00904] [2]


Rogers & Brother. (1882). Price list of Rogers & Brother (online). Waterbury, CT, 64 pp. Courtesy Library of Congress. Viewed 28 April 2016. [A00465; AAA00014]


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


Rogers & Brother. (1893). Price List... Electro silver Plated Forks, Spoons, Knives... etc. Number of pages unknown. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 53.545.1 (link to library entry). Updated 18 April 2017. [A01781]


Rogers & Brother. (1895). Rogers & Bro., A-1 [Catalog]. 15 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 974.62 W323r (link to library entry). Viewed 18 April 2017. [A02238]


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


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. New York Historical Society call no. NK7119.R65 1900z (link to library entry). Updated 18 April 2017. [A00471]


International Silver Company / Rogers & Bro. (193?). Rogers & Bro. silverplated holloware. 4 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford call no. QUARTO 739.2283 I61c, 193- (link to library entry). Updated 20 April 2017. [A01282]



B. Rogers & Brother - other historical documentation

(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.


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

(1884). Waterbury, Connecticut (online) map, (map 20 showing "Rogers & Brother" along the Mad River). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 31 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 3 March 2017. [A01541-42] (For other Waterbury maps, search "Waterbury" in the search box on the Yale website via the link above.)

(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 (online). Courtesy University of California Libraries. Viewed 3 March 2017. [A01535; A01537]

Rogers & Brother. (c. 1893). Trade card - World’s Fair, Chicago. In "Scrapbook of trade cards, 1861-1895", Brooklyn Special Collections Folio SCR/FOLIO HF5841 C59 v.3 (entry 41e), Brooklyn Museum library, New York (link to library entry; see listing in pdf). Updated 18 April 2017. [A02001-02]

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", Brooklyn Special Collections Folio SCR/FOLIO HF5841 C59 v.3 (entry 42g), Brooklyn Museum library, New York (link to library entry; see listing in pdf). Updated 18 April 2017. [A02002-03]

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Rogers & Brother" (online), Waterbury, CT (page 215). (Also illustration of buildings.) In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 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.”

Hall, Henry. (1895). “Horace C. Wilcox” (1824-90), director of "Rogers Bro’s" [presumably "Rogers & Brother"] of Waterbury (online), (pp. 872-3). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. Courtesy University of California, Berkeley. Viewed 19 April 2016. [A00396-97]

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Rogers & Brother (Waterbury) and Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. (Hartford) management: 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 (online), (Part II). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

Rogers & Brother. (undated). Trade card - A-1. In "Scrapbook of trade cards, 1877-1894", Brooklyn Special Collections Folio SCR/FOLIO HF5841 C59 v.1 (entry 2a), Brooklyn Museum library, New York (link to library entry). Updated 18 April 2017. [A02004-05]


R. Caughey. (undated). Color lithograph of Rogers & Brother factory, Waterbury, CT. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-C04]



C. Rogers & Brother - secondary resources

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), 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. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00525; AAA00540-41]

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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]

(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), 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). The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00510-13]

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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. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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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 (online). Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). Courtesy of University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT. Viewed 27 November 2016. [A00789-90]

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Rogers & Brother", [pp. 40, 157, 162 (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]

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. 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). 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]


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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