Rogers, Smith & Co. design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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ROGERS, SMITH & CO., Hartford (1857-62), New Haven (1862-77) and Meriden (1877-1904)
... organized in 1857... their principle business was hollowware, the company also supplied silverplated flatware, using the designs furnished by others, which they plated, finished and stamped with their trademark. By 1862, Rogers, Smith & Co.... had failed. The Rogers, Smith & Co. was purchased by others and moved to New Haven... When [Rogers, Smith & Co.] moved to Meriden the line was still popular in the trade and consumer was active until 1904, when it was discontinued. The company was a part of the Meriden Britannia Co. when it was taken over by the International Silver Co. in 1898."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), p. 169.


This compilation focuses on design catalogues and historical information concerning Rogers, Smith & Co. A link to a page focused on Rogers, Smith & 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, Smith & Co. design catalogues

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1860). Illustrated catalogue of plated goods. 112 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 642.7 R731c, 1860. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00903]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1860). Reprinted page, text, describing benefits of triple wall ice pitchers (1860). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 40). 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 21 April 2017. [DM]

rogers, smith & company

Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. 192 pp. (Notation in 1984 reprint below, may be applicable: "Missing pages 113, 114, 171, 172. Used by Rogers, Smith, & Co.") Winterthur Museum library, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M56 TC* (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Viewed 23 April 2017. [A02254]

rogers, smith & company

Meriden Britannia Company. (1867). Price list of articles manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company. ("Missing pages 113, 114, 171, 172. Used by Rogers, Smith, & Co.") 192 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (entry 1665, p. 290), (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101 (link to library entry). (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; A00904] [1]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1867). [Catalogue]. 2 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Yale University call no. Fiche B1101. (The original doesn’t appear to be listed on the Winterthur online library catalog. 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. [A00518-19; A00902] [2]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1867). Illustrated catalogue of plated goods / manufactured by Rogers, Smith & Co. 152 pp. The Strong, Rochester, NY, call no. TS735.R6456 I445 1867 (link to library entry). Viewed 9 April 2017. [A02044]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1867). Reprinted illustrations showing 9 celery stands from catalogue (1867). In Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities, (p. 87). 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 21 April 2017. [DM]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1871). Illustrated catalogue of heavily plated goods / manufactued by Rogers, Smith & Co.. 194 pp. Yale University Library, Folio LPT 002 (link to library entry). Viewed 9 April 2017. [A02043]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1876?). Illustrated catalogue and price list of patent perfection granite ironware, nickel plated, britannia and planished goods. 105 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. F974.62 M636rs – offline. Viewed 28 April 2016. [C00014-22]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1878). Illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate, on nickel silver and white metal. 230 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. FF974.62 M651rs #1 - offline. Viewed 28 April 2016. [C00001-30]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1878). Revised price list of electro silver plated spoons, forks, etc. 46 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. FF974.62 M651rs - offline. [C00014-27]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1879). Twelfth appendix to… illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate, on nickel silver and white metal. 138 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. FF974.62 M651rs#2 - offline. [C00001-33]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1880). Rogers, Smith & Company’s illustrated appendix and price list of the celebrated pearl agate and granite ironware. 105 pp. Smithsonian Libraries, NMAH Trade Literature, call no. 045992. Viewed 9 April 2017. [A02045]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1886-87). Illustrated catalogue, gold and silver plate. Number of pages unknown. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 65.658.33. Viewed 23 March 2017. [A01779]

rogers, smith & company

Busiest House in America. (1889). 13th annual illustrated catalogue of the Busiest House in America containing illustrations and prices of a few leading and staple styles of diamonds, watches, jewelry, silverware, clocks, canes, umbrellas, opera glasses, gold spectacles, eye glasses, etc. (online) [pp. 3-93 feature designs by Rogers, Smith & Co; Meriden Britannia; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; and Middletown Plate Co. without specifying which designs are by which of the 4 companies. Additionally, 1847 Rogers Brothers designs are on pp. 115-30, 134-38, and additional Rogers, Smith & Co designs are on pp. 135 & 137.] Catalogue: 482 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum Library, Delaware. Viewed 7 March 2017. [A01684; AAA00585]

rogers, smith & company

Schertzinger, E. / Rogers, Smith & Co. (188?). Finest electro plated silverware. 4 pp. ("Agent’s imprint of E. Schertzinger, Mahanoy City, Pa., on verso of front wrapper.") Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 642.7 R731f. Viewed 8 January 2017. [A01458]

rogers, smith & company

Rogers, Smith & Co. (19th-20th century). Scrapbook of halftone proofs (?) for a catalogue of gold and silver plate. Number of pages unknown. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 58.569.3. Viewed 23 March 2017. [A01780]



B. Rogers, Smith & Co. - other historical documentation

rogers, smith & company

(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.



C. Rogers, Smith & Co. - key secondary information

rogers, smith & company

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), 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]

rogers, smith & company

(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography (online), vol 7. [On William Henry Watrous and the Rogers, Smith & Co., (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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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). On "Rogers, Smith & Co.", (pp. 52-3, 100, 108, 117, 205). In A century of silver 1847-1947. Robert M. McBride & Company: New York. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

rogers, smith & company

Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "Rogers, Smith & Co.", [pp. 33; 64; 101 (photo of teapot, 1887, with raised or embossed chasing); 139 (photo of tilted pitcher, 1886); 155 (photo of spoon holder. c. 1870); 157, 169 (see excerpt above)]. In An American heritage: A book about 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]

rogers, smith & company

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Rogers, Smith & Co." mentions, [pp. 10 (photo of teapot, 1877), 26 (photo of figural napkin ring, 1878), 38-39 (ice pitchers, including photo of tilting ice pitcher, 1886), 40 (reprint of 1860 catalogue page), 48 (dinner casters), 106 (baby plate), 71 (photo of teapot (1862-77), 74 (photo of spoon holder (c. 1870), 87 (illustrations of 9 celery holders, catalogue original unknown), 111 (photo of card receiver, 1856-62), 122 (photo of oil lamp, 1882), 167-69 (including illustration of building, c. 1856)] 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. 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]

"In [c.] 1856, for reasons not clear, William [Rogers] left [Rogers Bros. Mfg Co.] (although remaining as director and stockholder) and with George W. Smith, a silverware maker of Albany, New York, organized Rogers, Smith and Company with William as President."

— Edmund P. Hogan in The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities (1980), pp 167.

rogers, smith & company

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]



Footnotes:
[1] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980 (online). [Entry no. 1665, p. 290.] Garland Publishing: New York and London. 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]

[2] See footnote no. 1. [Entry no. 1681, p. 293]. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518-19]


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