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.
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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.)
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.)
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.)
Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. (1860). Illustrated Catalogue of Plated Goods. 119 pp. (Updated 9 November 2017. AAA00570 - 079; AAA00696.)
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.)
(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.)
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.)
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. (January-February 1971). The old-fashioned dinner caster. Spinning Wheel, pp. 20-22. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)
"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.)
Magazine article mention
Hogan, E. P. (May 1976). Silverware for children. Spinning wheel, pp. 13-16. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00699.)
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.)
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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