Rogers & Hamilton (Waterbury, CT) design catalogues and 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), pp. 168-69. (See entry below.)
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.
Rogers & Hamilton design catalogues and historical information
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Design catalogue excerpt reprint
Holmes, Booth and Haydens (Rogers & Hamilton predecessor) . (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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)
Newspaper articles and adverts
(c. 1886-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)
Rogers & Hamilton Co. (1887). Advertisement: "The Rogers & Hamilton Co., Manufacturers of Silver-Plated Ware...", (between pages 38 & 39). In Business directory of Central Connecticut, being towns on the New York & New England Railroad from Newburgh, NY to Willimantic, Conn. Carter & Company. (Viewed 17 September 2017. G00441.)
(1889). On "The Rogers & Hamilton Company", [pp. 27 (description of company) and photo of building (unnumbered page)]. In Waterbury and her industries. Fifty attractive and carefully selected views. (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).
(1889). On "Holmes, Booth & Haydens", [pp. 29-30 (description of company, Rogers & Hamilton predecessor) in history and 1889, and photo of building (unnumbered page)]. In Waterbury and her industries. Fifty attractive and carefully selected views. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01533-34; A01538.)
(1890). Waterbury, Connecticut map, (map 23 showing "Rogers & Hamilton Co. and Holmes, Booth & Hayden"). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 31 leaves. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01539-40.)
D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "The Rogers & Hamilton Co" listing, Waterbury, CT, (p. 215). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. (Viewed 1 March 2017. A00514; A01454-55.)
"ROGERS & HAMILTON CO. (THE), Charles A. Hamilton, President and Treasurer."
Missing design catalogue
Rogers & Hamilton. (1894). [Pocket edition of 1894 standard price list of silver-plated flatware, (3rd ed.). Fully illustrated, 118 pp. (See news brief below. Viewed 21 September 2017. G00552.)
(25 October 1894). News brief: Regarding new pocket edition of Rogers & Hamilton price list. Hardware, p. 27. (Viewed 21 September 2017. G00552.)
Rogers & Hamilton. (25 October 1894). Advertisement: "... Special Offer... Majestic Berry Spoon..." (with illustration). Hardware, p. 38. (Viewed 20 September 2017. G00554.)
Rogers & Hamilton. (25 November 1894). Advertisement: "If your jobber doesn’t carry our line, write direct to us... Branch Offices: 110 and 112 Wabash Ave., Chicago, Ill.; 19 Murray Street, New York; 120 Sutter Street, San Francisco, Cal.; 13 South Charles Street, Baltimore, Md.; 722 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa..." (with illustration). Hardware, p. 60. (Viewed 20 September 2017. G00572.)
Rogers & Hamilton Co. (1 July 1897). Artistic plated ware. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 11 April 2017. A01496.)
Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Rogers & Hamilton", (p. 903). 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; A02637.)
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.)
(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.)
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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)
May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Rogers & Hamilton" mention, (p. 118). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)
Hodgson, Beulah D. (February 1968). [Rogers Brothers, The International Silver Company (/ Meriden Britannia), Meriden, Conn.] Silver Magazine. (Viewed 13 September 2017. G00209.)
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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)
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.)
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.)
 According to Hogan in this source, Holmes, Booth and Haydens were established in 1853. In 1886, 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).
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.