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

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"[Rogers & Hamilton] was organized in 1886 for the production of knives and spoons... When it became part of the International Silver Co. in 1898, its production was consolidated with that of Rogers & Bro. in Waterbury. The lines were shortly discontinued."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book on the International Silver Company (1977), p. 168-69.


This compilation focuses on selected designs by Meriden-related Rogers brothers companies and exhibitions including their work. For design catalogues and other historical information concerning these companies, click the link above. For 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 & Hamilton design catalogues

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Holmes, Booth and Haydens (possible Rogers & Hamilton predecessor) [1]. (c. 1879). [Reprinted page showing patented orange peeler, presumably in unspecified trade catalogue]. In: Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, p. 92. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. 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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Rogers & Hamilton Co. (1 July 1897). Artistic plated ware. Number of pages unknown. University of Virginia libraries call no. TS199.A5 S5 (no. 7) (link to catalogue entry). Viewed 11 April 2017. [A01496]



B. Rogers & Hamilton - other historical documentation

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(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.

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(1884). Waterbury, Connecticut (online) map, (map 23 showing "Rogers & Hamilton Co. and Holmes, Booth & Hayden"). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 31 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 3 March 2017. [A01539-40] (For other Waterbury maps, search "Waterbury" in the search box on the Yale website via the link above.)

holmes booth and hayden

(1889). On "Holmes, Booth & Haydens", [pp. 29-30 (description of company in history and 1889) 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. [A01533-34; A01538]

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(1889). On "The Rogers & Hamilton Company", [pp. 27 (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. [A01532; 1536]

"The silver plating works of the Rogers & Hamilton Company, Waterbury, Conn., are situated upon the west bank of the Naugatuck river, in the portion of the city called Brooklyn. Built entirely of brick, in the most substantial manner, and equipped with the latest approved machinery, they are, without doubt, the finest works of the kind in this country for the manufacture of their specialty, Silver Plated Flat Ware.", (excerpt from p. 27 above).

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D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "The Rogers & Hamilton Co" (online) listing, Waterbury, CT (page 215). 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 1 March 2017. [A00514; A01454-55]

"ROGERS & HAMILTON CO. (THE), Charles A. Hamilton, President and Treasurer."

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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. Rogers & Hamilton - secondary source information

holmes booth and hayden

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Holmes, Booth & Haydens" mentions, (pp. 146-47, 155). 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]

rogers and hamilton

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Rogers & Hamilton" 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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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Rogers & Hamilton", [pp. 55, 158, 168-69 (see 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]

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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]

rogers brothers

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]


Footnote:
[1] According to Hogan in this source, Holmes, Booth and Haydens were established in 1853. In 1866, they were bought by Rogers and Hamilton. However, this unreferenced statement appears to conflict with the description of Holmes, Booth and Haydens in Waterbury and her industries. Fifty attractive and carefully selected views (online) (1889), (pp. 29-30).



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This compilation is currently in development. We are compiling scattered resources across North America and beyond with the goal of identifying a complete set. This initiative aims to enable more productive research and facilitate new discoveries. If you know of original Rogers & Hamilton documentation not listed above, please contact artdesigncafe.