William Rogers Manufacturing Co. - William Rogers & Son design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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Wm Rogers Mfg Co advert Wm Rogers and Son silver tea set


"In 1865, William [Rogers]... went to Hartford and formed William Rogers Manufacturing Company and taking into the business William Rogers, Jr. The trademarks they used were "Wm. Rogers & Son", "Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.", "1865 Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co." and (anchor symbol) Rogers (anchor symbol)". Other members of the firm included Thomas Birch, William J. Pierece and William H. Watrous. [After 1898, Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. became part of the International Silver Company.]

— Edmund P. Hogan. The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities (1980), pp. 169.


This compilation focuses on design catalogues and historical information concerning Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. A link to a page focused on Wm. Rogers 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. Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. / William Rogers & Son design catalogues

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William Rogers Mfg. Co. (187?). Genuine Rogers goods. 4 pp. Hartford, Conn. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7199 R73 TC. [See Connecticut Historical Society 188? listing below as might be the same brochure.] Viewed 8 January 2017. [A01457]

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William Rogers Mfg. Co. (1875). Price list of silver plated goods. 42 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 R71 TC. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00874].

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Wm Rogers Manufacturing. Co. (1875). Price list of silver plated goods. 42 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3112, p. 92) (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3112. (See worldcat.org for other locations). [A00868; A00871-73] [1]

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Wm Rogers Manufacturing. Co. (18—?). Genuine Rogers goods. Read the facts within and send for our price list, just issued. Hartford, CT. 4 pp. Connecticut Historical Society offline, call no. 974.62 H328ro #3. [See Winterthur 187? listing above as might be the same brochure.] Viewed 13 January 2017. [C00001-22]

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William Rogers Mfg Co. (1890). Price-list. 86 pp. Hartford, Conn. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 R71p TC. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00875]

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William Rogers Manufacturing Co. (1890). Price-list. 86 pp. “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, Part 2 microfiche (no. 3111, p. 92). (c. 1991). University Publications of America: Bethesda, MD. Yale University call no. Fiche B2264 3111. (See worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00868; A00871; A00876-77] [2]

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Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. (1896). [Catalogue no. 42]. Hartford, CT. Number of pages unknown. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogues. Viewed 13 January 2017.

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William Rogers [presumably "Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co."]. (1878-93). Price List no. 46. Silver plated spoons, forks, knives, etc. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. 58.623.1. Updated 1 March 2017. [A00487]


After 1898, Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. became part of the International Silver Company.


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William Rogers Mfg. Co. (c. 1900). Catalogue no. 35… high-grade hollow ware. 80 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 R70* TC. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00880]

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International Silver Company. (c. 1931). Wm. Rogers & Son genuine original Rogers silverplate. ("Successors to Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co.") Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. Smithsonian Institution call no. 029586. Viewed 30 April 2016. [A00489]

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Wm. Rogers & Son. (1933). Mickey Mouse Ware. Approx 38 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 20 February 2017. [AAA00570 - 062]

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International Silver Company / 1847 Rogers Bros.; Wm. Rogers & Son. (c. 1935). 1847 Rogers Bros., Wm. Rogers & Son hollow ware, approx. 106 pp. [Including Modernist lines: Modern Colonial; Arcadia; Legacy.] Meriden Historical Society. Viewed 24 September 2016. [AAA00202] [DM]

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International Silver Company. (1952). 1847 Rogers Bros., America’s finest silverplate; Wm. Rogers & Son, reinforced plate by International; Rogers sterling, beauty and craftsmanship in solid silver: Products of the International Silver Company. 44 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 739.2283 I61c, 1952. Updated 8 January 2017. [A00491]

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Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. (1900s). [trade catalogue]. Hartford, CT. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Record ID: SILNMAHTL_13834. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01428]

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International Silver Company. (1900s). [Trade catalogue and price lists]. Related companies: 1847 Rogers Bros.; Holmes & Edwards Inlaid; Wm. Rogers & Son; H.O. Hurlbert & Sons. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Record ID: SILNMAHTL_21844. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01426]

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The Sperry & Hutchinson Co. - The Hamilton Corporation. (1915). National Service catalog (green trading stamps) [catalog T]: Wm Rogers Manufacturing Co. silverware / (ISC), (pp. 10-12, 52-3: #7108-7149). Viewed 3 March 2017. [A01563-67]

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Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. (undated). Sterling silver ware and novelties, 4th annual catalogue. Hartford, CT. Smithsonian Libraries - NMAH Trade Literature, Washington, DC, call no. 009077. Viewed 1 January 2017. [A01425]



B. Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. / William Rogers & Son - 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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(1883). On "The Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co.", (p. 197). In The historical, statistical and industrial review of the state of Connecticut. W. S. Webb & Co.: New York. Viewed 2 March 2017. [A01522-23]

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(1885). Hartford, Connecticut map. [Map 15, Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co. on corner of Grove Street and Front Street]. Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. Courtesy Yale University, New Haven, CT. Viewed 4 March 2017. [A01581-82] (Search "Hartford" in search box on Yale webpage via link above to see more Hartford historical maps.)

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(1889). On "The Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co.", (p. 105-06, with illustration of building). In Hartford, Conn., as a manufacturing, business and commercial center; with brief sketches of its history, attractions, leading industries, and institutions. Illustrated. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. Viewed 3 March 2017. [A01560-62]

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(1891). On the "The Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co.", (p. 62, including illustration of building). In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. Viewed 3 March 2017. [A01543-45]

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Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. (1893). Silver table ware, how it is made. 20 pp. (“Published in conjunction with World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago”.) Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. T 500 A2 M6 no. 6; Connecticut Historical Society call no. 642.7 W719w. [A00520; A00901]

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Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. (1893). Silver table ware, how it is made. 20 pp. (“Published in conjunction with World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago”). “Reprint” in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1), (entry 1682, p. 293), (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. [A00518-19; A00902] [3]

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D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). Listing: Rogers, Manufacturing Co, Wm. (The), Hartford, CT (page 209). ["Manufacturers Electro Silver-Plated Table Ware; Rogers Brand."] 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; A01459]

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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]

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(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]



C. Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. / William Rogers & Son - sample historical advertisements

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(1891). Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co. advert. In Picturesque New London, (p. 33). C. J. Viets: New London. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Viewed 2 March 2017. [A01520]

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(1916). Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co. advert. In Woodmen of the World Convention: Souvenir of Niagara Falls, (p. 31). [Held at Niagara Falls, Canada, March 15th, 16th and 17th, 1916.] Niagara Falls, ON. Viewed 2 March 2017. [A01521]



D. Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. / William Rogers & Son - key secondary resources

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Snow, William G. (1935). The Cowles family in the Turkey Hills District: The Spoonville factory — its predecessors and successors. 2 leaves. (Subjects include: Meriden Britannia Company, International Silver Company, and William Rogers Mfg Co.) Connecticut State Library call no. HD9537.U64 C69 1935. Viewed 2 May 2016. [A00517]

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "William Rogers Manufacturing Company" and "William Rogers & Son" mentions, (pp. 52, 130, 360). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (See worldcat.org for locations.) Viewed 15 March 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). On "William Rogers Mfg. Co.", [pp 34, 35, 48, 122 [bowl with shaded blue white satinglass (1889)], 132 [nut bowl (1886)], 157, 161-62, 170-71]. In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. [DM]

"The Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. started business in 1865...The company produced silverplate carrying their name and in 1866 brought out a brand stamped "Wm. Rogers & Son". In 1879, the firm consolidated with the Rogers Cutlery Co (started in 1871) and William H. Watrous, president of the cutlery company, was made president of the two branches.

The company was primarily a maker of silverplated flatware but in the 1880’s and 90’s offered a fairly externsive line of plated hollowware. This was made by others in the area but trademarked and finished in their own factory.

The operation was moved to Meriden in 1903 and took over the factory formerly occupied by C. Rogers & Bros. When the [International Silver] Company’s Flatware Center was built in 1968, the operation moved there and the old buildings were put up for sale."

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), pp. 161-62.

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "William Rogers Mfg. Co." mentions, [pp. 26 (photo of figural napkin ring), 48 (dinner casters), 65-7 (photos of nutbowl, 1886; pocket fruit knife with nut pick, 1888; and set of six fruit knives and nutpicks, c. 1890), 104 (photo of child’s cup, 1896); 111 (card receivers), 120 (photo of bride’s basket, 1889), 169 (mention of formation, including mention of Wm. Rogers & Son).] 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 1 January 2017. [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]

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Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. 392 pp. ISBN: 0-300-10927-x. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) Multiple locations: see worldcat.org.

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Preece, Robert. (28 September 2016). Jewel Stern interview: Modernist silver from Meriden-Wallingford. Design Meriden at artdesigncafe.com, 1(2).



Footnotes:
[1] See Thompson, Eleanor McD. (1991). Guide to the microfiche edition of trade catalogues at the Winterthur Museum, part 2, (entry no. 3112, 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.)

[2] Ibid. See entries no. 3111, p. 92. Viewed 18 June 2016. [A00868; A00871]

[3] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980. (Entry no. 1682, p. 293.). Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 19 June 2016. [A00518-19]



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