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. (See entry below.)


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 and historical information

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1850s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1857-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)


1860s

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1860). Illustrated catalogue of plated goods. 112 pp. (Updated 24 April 2017. A00903.)

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (c. 1860). Illustrated catalog of plated goods. 194 pp. (Difference in number of pages, see above.) (Viewed 6 May 2017. A02393.)

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

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. (Updated 21 April 2017. DM.)

Design catalogue

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.") Viewed 23 April 2017. A02254.)

Design catalogue reprint

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. (Viewed 19 June 2016. A00518; A00902; A00904.) [1]

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1867). Illustrated catalogue of plated goods / manufactured by Rogers, Smith & Co. 152 pp. (Viewed 9 April 2017. A02044.)

Design catalogue reprint

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1867). [Catalogue]. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. (Updated 24 April 2017. A00518-19; A00902.) [2]

Design catalogue excerpts reprint

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. (Updated 21 April 2017. DM.)

Rogers, Smith & Co. in 1867 fair

(1868). Annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1867-68. [Provides details about The American Institute Fair, New York (1867, specific dates unknown. "Rogers, Smith & Co., George H. Kitchen & Co., agents, 591 Broadway, for plated ware. Third medal and a diploma", (p. 32).] (Viewed 28 May 2017. A02565-67.)


1870s

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1871). Illustrated catalogue of heavily plated goods / manufactued by Rogers, Smith & Co.. 194 pp. (Viewed 9 April 2017. A02043.)

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1876?). Illustrated catalogue and price list of patent perfection granite ironware, nickel plated, britannia and planished goods. 105 pp. (Viewed 28 April 2016. C00014-22.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. F974.62 M636rs.

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1878). Illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate, on nickel silver and white metal. 230 pp. (Viewed 28 April 2016. C00001-30.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. FF974.62 M651rs #1.

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1878). Revised price list of electro silver plated spoons, forks, etc. 46 pp. (Viewed 28 April 2016. C00014-27.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. FF974.62 M651rs.

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1879). Twelfth appendix to… illustrated catalogue and price list of electro silver plate, on nickel silver and white metal. 138 pp. (Viewed 28 April 2016. C00001-33.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. FF974.62 M651rs#2.


1880s

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1880). Rogers, Smith & Company’s illustrated appendix and price list of the celebrated pearl agate and granite ironware. 105 pp. (Updated 24 April 2017. A02045.)

1880 advertisements

See the ads

Two advertisements

Rogers, Smith & Company (and 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia Company). (June & July 1880). Advertisements: "... Silver-Plated Ware..." The Trader (Toronto, ON). (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00782-83.)

Advertisement

Rogers, Smith & Company. (August 1880). Advertisement: "Finest Quality of Plated Ware... Zimmerman, McNaught & Co., Sole Wholesale Agents for Canada..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p. 1. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00783.)

Advertisement

Rogers, Smith & Company (and 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia Company). (August 1880). Advertisement: "Electro-Plated Flat Ware..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p. 8. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00784.)

Advertisement

Zimmerman, McNaught & Co. (September 1880). Advertisement: "Plated Ware... Rogers, Smith & Company..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p 1. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00784.)

Advertisement

Rogers, Smith & Company (and 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia Company). (September 1880). Advertisement: "Electro-Plated Falt [sic] Ware..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p. 2. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00786.)

Advertisement

Zimmerman, McNaught & Co. (October 1880). Advertisement: "Plated Ware... Rogers, Smith & Company..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p. 1. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00785.)

Advertisement

Rogers, Smith & Company (and 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia Company). (October 1880). Advertisement: "Electro-Plated Flat Ware..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p. 8. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00787.)

Advertisement

Zimmerman, McNaught & Co. (November 1880). Advertisement: "... Electro Plated Hollow Ware... Rogers, Smith & Co., Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. ... [1847] Rogers Bros. [/ Meriden Britannia Company]..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p. 8. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00788.)

Advertisement

Zimmerman, McNaught & Co. (December 1880). Advertisement: "... Electro Plated Hollow Ware... Rogers, Smith & Co., Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. ... [1847] Rogers Bros. [/ Meriden Britannia Company]..." The Trader (Toronto, ON), p. 1. (Viewed 28 September 2017. G00788.)



Advertisement

Rogers, Smith & Co. (January 1884). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of Electro Gold and Silver Plated Ware, Salesrooms: 46 East 14th Street, Union Square, N.Y..." The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. LV. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00482.)

Advertisement

Rogers, Smith & Co. (February 1884). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of Electro Gold and Silver Plated Ware..." The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. LV. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00488.)

Design catalogue

Rogers, Smith & Co. (1886-87). Illustrated catalogue, gold and silver plate. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 24 April 2017. A01779.)

Design catalogue

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. [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. (Viewed 7 March 2017. A01684; AAA00585.)

Design brochure

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.") (Updated 24 April 2017. A01458.)


1890s

Two advertisements

Rogers, Smith & Co. (11 & 18 May 1892). Advertisements: "Rogers, Smith & Co., Union Square, New York..." (with two illustrations). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review. (Viewed 18 September 2017. G00498; G00731.)


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c. 1900

Design catalogue documentation

Rogers, Smith & Co. (19th-20th century). Scrapbook of halftone proofs (?) for a catalogue of gold and silver plate. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 24 April 2017. A01780.)


1900s

Advertisement

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.)


1910s

Secondary source

(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. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00525; AAA00537-39.)


1920s

Secondary source

(c. 1920). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, 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. Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00510-13.)


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.] (Call no. HD9537.U54 I58 1934. Viewed 9 May 2017. AAA00598; A02400.)


1940s

Secondary source

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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1960s

Magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (November 1967). The card receiver in Victorian silverplate. Spinning Wheel, pp. 12-13. (Viewed 10 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Derby Silver Co.: card receiver (1883)
> Hartford Silver Plate Co.: card receiver (1856-62);
> Meriden Britannia Co.: two card receivers (1873, 1882); eight illustrations of card receivers from 1882 catalogue;
> Meriden Silver Plate Co.: card receiver (c. 1885);
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: card receiver (1856-62);
> Also, Middletown Plate Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; and Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. are mentioned.

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

Magazine article

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. (December 1968). Figural napkin rings for collectors. Spinning Wheel, pp. 12-14. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)

Illustrations:
> Barbour Silver [Plate] Co. pear and leaves napkin ring (1895).
> Derby Silver Co. bird on wishbone napkin ring (1886).
> Meriden Britannia Company: two reprinted pages from 1882 catalogue showing 13 napkin rings; reprinted excerpt from 1886 catalogue showing figural boy and girl pepper shakers and cat napkin ring; seven others (1873, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1886, 1888).
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: cupids holding napkin ring (1878).
> Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.: two reprinted pages from 1886 catalogue showing 12 napkin rings; another one shown (1879).
> E. G. Webster & Bro. bird napkin ring (1873). > Wilcox Silver Plate Co. pug with glass eyes napkin ring (1884, another 1873).
> Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. squirrel napkin ring (1889).

  • Offline - "Meriden - Industries - Silver" file, Meriden Public Library, CT.
  • See worldcat.org for other locations.
"The trend toward ornamenting napkin rings with full round figures started about 1879 and reached its peak about 1886... So popular were these figural napkin rings that in a short three-year period— 1886, 1887, and 1888— five firms in the Meriden, Conn. area offered 82 different designs... By 1900, tastes had changed and the demand for fancy napkin rings dwindled away to nothing..." (Excerpt from above.)

Magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (September 1969). Victorian silverplate oil lamps. Spinning Wheel, pp. 10-12. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Six lamps by Meriden Britannia Co. (1882, 1886), plus 10 illustrations of lamps from their c. 1855 catalogue;
> Three lamps by Meriden Silver Plate Co. ( c. 1888, c. 1896);
> One lamp by Rogers, Smith & Co. (1882);
> Three lamps by Wilcox Silver Plate Co., two with Rochester burners (by Edward Miller & Co.) (1886);
> Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. (lamp maker and burner supplier) also mentioned.

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


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 1972). Hand chasing and other ornamentation on silverware. Spinning Wheel, pp. 10-12. (Viewed 11 November 2017. AAA00697.)

Illustrations:
> Meriden Britannia Co.: coffee pot (1861), teapot (1867), ice pitcher (1868);
> Meriden Silver Plate Co.: tea set (c. 1896);
> Rogers, Smith & Co.: teapot (1887);
> Wilcox Silver Plate Co.: mustache cup and saucer (1895).

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

Magazine article mention

Hogan, E. P. (November 1974). Victorian silverplated celery stands. Spinning Wheel. [Illustrations show 9 celery stands by Meriden Britannia Company (from 1886 catalogue); undated Meriden Silver Plate Co. relish dish in the shape of a shoe; and 5 celery stands by Rogers, Smith & Co. (1867); one-page article but page number unclear]. (Viewed 9 November 2017. AAA00696.)

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

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, 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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)


1980s

Secondary source

Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Rogers, Smith & Co." mentions. 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. (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

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

"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. (Excerpt from above.)

Secondary source

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 17 April 2017. DM.)


2010s

Rogers, Smith & Co. in 2015 exhibition

(2015). Egyptian Revival: An everlasting allure at SFO Museum, San Francisco (on view 15 January - 5 July 2015). (Viewed 18 March 2016. A00116.)


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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