Rogers brothers et al. (Meriden, CT and other locations) - historical design catalogues and other primary source information (2016)

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Rogers brothers et al. design catalogues, other selected primary sources, other publications, and key secondary sources

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.

Introduction, c. 1893:

ROGERS & BROS, C.
Established 1866. Manufacturers of all kinds of Silver-Plated Ware, Spoons, Forks, Knives, etc.; Casket Trimmings; also Drawer Pulls, Cabinet Hardware, etc., etc. Factory and Office, Foot of Butler St.

— D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “C. Rogers & Bros.” (page 212). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. University of Connecticut call no. G1240 .H8 1893. Viewed 29 April 2016. [A00478-79]

"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.”

—D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Rogers & Brother" (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 8 January 2017. [A00514; A01454-55]

A. Design catalogues and other selected primary sources

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William Rogers. (1878-93). Price List no. 46. Silver plated spoons, forks, knives, etc. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 58.623.1. Viewed 30 April 2016. [A00487]

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. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. MMA accession no. 66.655.12. Viewed 16 May 2016. [A00670-71; A00840]

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Wm. Rogers; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1879). Complete illustrated pocket price list... finest quality only of silver electro-plated spoons, forks, etc. Wallingford, CT; 103 pp. New York Historical Society call no. TS680 .R65 1879. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00626]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (1881). Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., manufacturers of the finest quality electro silver plated hollow ware: in great variety. ("Appendix no. 4, August, 1881". Also includes Wm. Rogers knives and spoons; adverts on back cover for Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co., and Hall, Elton & Co forks; and additional appendix no. 5, October 1881.) 84 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. F974.62 W212 si 1881 - offline. Viewed 20 April 2016. [A00979; C00001-21] [DM]


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

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C. Rogers & Bros. (1882). Illustrated and descriptive catalogue of coffin and casket trimmings. 155 pp. C. Rogers & Bros., Meriden, CT. Published: Springfield, MA. University of Texas call no. F - TS 2301 U5 R548. Viewed 8 January 2017. [A01450]

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C. Rogers & Bros. (1882). Wholesale price list of coffin and casket trimmings, manufacture by C. Rogers and bros. University of Texas call no. TS 2301 U5 R643. 24 pp. Viewed 30 April 2016. [A00488]

wm rogers

Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1890). [Catalogue] [Pocket ed.]. 204 pp. (“Our forks, spoons, etc., are manufactured under the personal supervision of Mr. Wm. Rogers” – Winterthur trade catalogue book). Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61 TC. Viewed 10 May 2016 [A00619]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1890). [Catalogue] [Pocket ed.]. 204 pp. (“Our forks, spoons, etc., are manufactured under the personal supervision of Mr. Wm. Rogers”.) “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry 1687, p. 294), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) [A00518; A00902; A00906] [1]

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1891). Catalogue and price list of the Wm. Rogers spoons, forks, knives, etc. in extra, triple, and sectional plates [catalogue no. 27]. 138 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 S61r* TC. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00907]

wm rogers

Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (c. 1891). Catalogue and price list of the Wm. Rogers spoons, forks, knives, etc. in extra, triple, and sectional plates [catalogue no. 27]. 138 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry no. 1686, p. 294), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00902; A00906] [2]


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

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Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (personally supervised by Wm. Rogers (Jr.). (late 19th century). Fine goods: Superior patterns of flatware. (CHS catalogue had this listed as: Price-list of silver-plated articles made by…) 14 pp. Courtesy Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT / Supported by Design Meriden. Viewed 1 June 2016. [C00001-08; A00729] [3]

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Wm. A Rogers. (c. 1900). Catalogue no. 35… high-grade hollow ware. New York. 80 pp. (“This catalogue succeeds the firm’s catalog no. 28.”) “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 (entry 3110, p. 92). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3110. (See worldcat.org for other locations). [A00868; A00871; A00878-89] [4]


Rogers & Brother. (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. Viewed 28 April 2016. [A00471]

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International Silver Company / C. Rogers & Bros. (193?). Rogers & Bro. silverplated holloware. 4 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford call no. QUARTO 739.2283 I61c, 193-. Viewed 22 November 2016. [A01282]

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International Silver Company. (c. 1939). Wm. Rogers, silverplated hollowware. Meriden, CT. Smithsonian Libraries - NMAH Trade Literature, Washington, DC, call no. 029529. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01421]



Other design catalogues without precise years of publication

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Otto Young & Co. (undated). [Trade catalogs on jewelers’ merchandise : silverplated ware, clocks and watches, watch crystals, jewelry, pens and pencils, leather goods, stationery, umbrellas, eyeglasses and lenses, opticians’ sundries and instruments, watchmakers’ and jewelers’ equipment and supplies ... ] [Includes illustrated price list. Includes products from various manufacturers including Rogers Bros.]. Smithsonian Libraries - NMAH Trade Literature, Washington, DC, call no. 050252. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01427]



B. 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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Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "C. Rogers & Bros." mention (pp. 493). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780. (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) 1086 pp. Courtesy University of California Libaries. Meriden: Published by the author. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00793-94]

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(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 9 showing Butler street below Hanover and C. Rogers & Bros.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 21 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00008]. For other maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Rogers & Brother", illustration of building, Waterbury, CT (page 199). 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]

Hall, Henry. (1895). “Horace C. Wilcox” (1824-90), director of Rogers Bro’s of Waterbury, (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]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895) "C. Rogers & Bros." In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 40. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00787-88]. (For more Rogers-related historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "C. Rogers & Bros." sub-section including illustration of building (pp. 47-8). (Also, biographies on C. Rogers & Bros. partners: Cephas B. Rogers, Gilbert Rogers, and Walter Fiske Rogers, including portraits (pp. 503-12, Part II). 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, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Rogers Bros. Co. (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, (Part II). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, 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 (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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International Silver Company. (1853-1931). International Silver Company records. [International Silver Company]. [Acquisitions is 1898-1903 — 1898: “Barbour Silver Company (Hartford), * Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport), * Manhattan Silver Plate, ( Lyons, New York), * Meriden Britannia Company (Meriden), * Norwich Cutlery (Norwich), * William Rogers Manufacturing Company (Hartford), Rogers Cutlery (Hartford), Rogers and Brothers (Waterbury), Rogers and Hamilton (Waterbury), Wilcox Silver Plate (Meriden), Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford), Standard Silver Company, Ltd. ( Toronto, Canada)”. 1899: “Derby Silver Company (Derby), Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company (Wallingford), Simpson Nickel Company (Wallingford), Middletown Plate Company (Middletown).” 1903: United States Silver Corporation, including * C. Rogers & Brothers (Meriden). University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT call no. 1980.0008. Viewed 15 May 2016. [A00419]

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International Silver Company of Canada Limited / Rogers Brothers. (1933). Answering the question: How much silver. 16 pp. University of Toronto call no. lang pam 00371. Viewed 10 May 2016. [A00621]



C. Key secondary resources

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(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. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 27 November 2016. [AAA00514-18]

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(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 3. [On Gilbert Rogers (and C. Rogers & Brothers), (pp. 342-46).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00525; AAA00537-39]

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(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 7. [On William Henry Watrous: manager, Plating Department, Rogers Brothers, 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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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. 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. (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. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 8 January 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. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 23 December 2016. [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. See worldcat.org for locations. Viewed 14 December 2016. [DM]



Footnotes:
[1] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980. (Entry no. 1687, p. 294). Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00906]

[2] See footnote 3. Entry no. 1686, p. 294. 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.) Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518; A00904]

[3] This text is essential reading for anyone interested in the confusing “Rogers” situation for silver in CT at the time. Wm. Rogers (Jr) offers a lengthy account.

[4] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2, (entry 3110, p. 92). 184 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum, Delaware. [A00868; A00871] (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.)



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