Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co., Hartford design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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"[In] 1853 a new company, Rogers Brothers Manufacturing Company, was formed. William [Rogers] was President and both he and [Asa] Rogers, large stockholders. Simeon [Rogers] became a stockholder a few months later. They erected a four story, brick factory to suit their particular needs at the corner of Trumbull and Hicks Streets [in Hartford]. In 1856, for reasons not clear, William left the firm (although remaining as a director and stockholder) and with George W. Smith... organized Rogers, Smith and Co.".

— Edmund P. Hogan in The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities (1980), pp 166-67.


This compilation focuses on design catalogues and historical information concerning Rogers Bros. Mfg Co. A link to a page focused on Rogers Bros. Mfg Co. designs 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 Bros. Mfg Co. design catalogues and historical information

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1850s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1853-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)

Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. in 1853 exhibition

(1853). Official catalogue of the New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, (p. 79). [Exhibition dates: 14 July 1853 - 14 November 1854.] ["Heavy silver-plated ware of every description— Rogers, Brothers, Hartford, Connecticut."] (Viewed 26 July 2017. A02777-78; AAA00328; AAA00588.)

Design catalogue

Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. (1857). Best Electro Plate. 35 pp. [Lithographs and illustrations of flatware and hollow ware; unclear status about this documentation.] (Viewed 20 February 2017. AAA00570 - 078.)

  • Meriden Historical Society - offline.

Design catalogue

Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. (1857). Price list of electro-plated goods, manufactured by the Rogers Bro’s Manufacturing Company. 51 pp. Hartford, CT: Case, Lockwood and Co. (Viewed 6 May 2017. A02384.)

Design catalogue reprint

Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. (1857). [Presumably selected pages from design catalogue]. In Pyne Press. (1972). Victorian silverplated holloware; tea services, caster sets, ice water pitchers, card receivers, napkin rings, knife rests, toilet sets, goblets, cups, trays and waiters, epergnes, butter dishes, pickle casters, salts, tureens, communion services. Compiled by the editors of the Pyne Press. 156 pp. 16-page bibliography. Princeton, NJ. (Updated 23 April 2017. A01452; A02255.)

Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. in exhibition

(1858). Mention of Rogers Bros. Hartford (presumably Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.), (recipient of gold medal for best silverplated ware) at Connecticut State Agricultural Society, 1858 (specific dates unknown). In: May, Earl Chapin. (1947). A century of silver 1847-1947, (pp. 368-69). Robert M. McBride & Company: New York. (Updated 15 March 2017. AAA00588; DM.)


1860s

Design catalogue

Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. (1860). Illustrated Catalogue of Plated Goods. 119 pp. (Updated 9 November 2017. AAA00570 - 079; AAA00696.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.
  • Offline citation - Hogan, E. P. (January-February 1971). The old-fashioned dinner caster. Spinning Wheel, pp. 20-22. "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.

Design catalogue excerpt

Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. (1860). [Part of] reprinted page from catalogue (presumably above) showing designs for 11 children’s cups, and page showing designs of 4 dinner casters, (1860). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 51, 104). Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


1930s

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). On "Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.", (pp. 52-3, 73, 100-05, 117-18). In A century of silver 1847-1947. Robert M. McBride & Company: New York. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


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.)


1970s

Magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (January-February 1971). The old-fashioned dinner caster. Spinning Wheel, pp. 20-22. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: 3 illustrations of casters in 1855 catalogue; revolving caster (1860); 23 illustrations of dinner castle bottles, 6 dinner casters, and 6 dinner caster bell from 1886 catalogue; also toy caster (1885) and caster (1855-67);
> Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.: 4 illustrations of dinner casters in 1860 Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. catalogue;
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: caster (1871).
> Also Bergen & Niland; Meriden Flint Glass Company; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Rogers, Smith & Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. are mentioned.

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.
"By 1893, the demand [for dinner casters] started to wane... They went out of style entirely in the early 1900s." (Excerpt from article above.)

Magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (June 1975). The old fashioned ice pitcher. Spinning Wheel. Four-page article but page numbers unclear.] (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co. (late 1880s);
> Meriden Britannia Co. double-walled ice pitchers (1855, 1867), ice urn (c. 1875), tilting pitcher sets (c. 1874, 1878);
> Rogers, Smith & Co. tilting pitcher set (1886);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co. double-walled pitcher (1873) and tilting pitcher set (1885).
> Article also mentions Middletown Plate Co. and Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.

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

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 Bros. Mfg. Co.", [pp. 33, 36, 46, 144 [photo of coffee urn (1853-62), 145 [photos of two coffee pots (1857; 1855)]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Rogers Bros. Mfg Co." mentions, [pp. 38 (ice pitchers), 63 (nut and fruit bowls), 68-9 (including photos of two teapots and coffee urn), 101 (children’s silverware), 104 (children’s cups, including 1860 catalogue illustrations showing 11 designs), 166-67 (including two illustrations of buildings)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 19 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. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. (Updated 19 April 2017. DM.)



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