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FLATWARE PATTERNS         GORHAM      INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF CORPORATION      ONEIDA SILVERSMITHS      REED & BARTON      1847 ROGERS BROS      TOWLE MFG CO      WALLACE SILVERSMITHS INC.     
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section CHAS M. ROBBINS
Rochester Stamping Co - Rochester, NY ROCHESTER STAMPING CO - Rochester, NY
Active in the early 1920s. Used the trade mark ARGENTINE
Rockford Silver Plate Co. - Rockford - IL Rockford Silver Plate Co. - Rockford - IL Rockford Silver Plate Co. - Rockford - IL ROCKFORD SILVER PLATE CO - Rockford - IL
Succeeded to Racine Silver Plate Co in 1882. Bought in 1925 by Raymond Sheets, became Sheets-Rockford Silver Plate Co (until c. 1956)

OLD IMAGES OF THE FACTORY
Rockford Silver Plate Co. Factory-Rockford,IL, c. 1920
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section ROCKWELL SILVER COMPANY
F.B. Rogers Silver Co - Taunton Rogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT Rogers, Smith & Co Wm A. Rogers Ltd F.B. Rogers Silver Co - Taunton Rogers, Smith & Co

ROGERS

A DYNASTY OF AMERICAN SILVER MANUFACTURERS
Rogers is a recurrent name in American makers of sterling and silverplate ware.
There is a great confusion about the firms bearing this name.
The number of companies using the Rogers name is countless. The men managing the various "Rogers" companies sometimes were linked by family relationships but often this was not the case.
Lots of companies with this name were created, merged, separated in an endless succession of intertwined relationships.

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1847 Rogers Bros. -  trade mark of International Silver Company 1847 ROGERS BROS.
trademark used from 1862 on silverplated spoons manufactured by Rogers brothers. A trade mark used by Meriden Britannia Company

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Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section RODEN BROS LTD
Rogers & Brittin - West Stratford, CT ROGERS & BRITTIN - West Stratford, CT
1880 partnership of Samuel T. Rogers (Bridgeport, CT) and Edwin L. Brittin active at West Stratford (CT). The firm used tools and machinery bought in 1879 from Rogers Cutlery Co. The firm lasted until 1882 when it was succeeded by Holmes and Edwards.

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Rogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT Rogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT ROGERS & BRO - Waterbury CT
Established in 1858 at Waterbury by Asa Jr. and Simeon Rogers. Until 1874 the firm was only a flatware manufacturer. It was one of the original companies becoming part of International Silver Company in 1898

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Rogers & Hamilton Co. - Waterbury, CT ROGERS & HAMILTON CO - Waterbury, CT
Active at Waterbury, CT (incorporated in 1886). Manufacturer of silverplated flatware in the building of Holmes Booth & Hayden. The president was Charles Alfred Hamilton, while William H. Rogers (not a silversmith) was only a stockholder. The firm was one of the original companies to become part of International Silver Co. in 1898

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F.B. Rogers Silver Co. Taunton MA F.B. Rogers Silver Co. Taunton MA F.B. Rogers Silver Co. Taunton MA Beacon Silver Co a trade name of F.B. Rogers Silver Co. Taunton MA F.B. Rogers Silver Co. Taunton MA F.B.ROGERS SILVER CO - Taunton MA
Founded in 1883 at Shellburne Falls, Ma, moved to Taunton in 1886. Before 1896 absorbed West Silver Co. Became a division of National Silver Company (1955) and was bought in 1985 by J.C. Boardman

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H.O. Rogers Silver Co. - Taunton MA H.O. ROGERS SILVER CO - Taunton MA
Active at Taunton. Incorporated in 1913, listed in Taunton City Directories up to 1923. The first president of the company was Harry O Rogers

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N.B. Rogers Silver Plate Co (courtesy Joanne Wiertella) N.B. Rogers Silver Plate Co (courtesy Joanne Wiertella) N.B. ROGERS SILVER PLATE CO - Brooklyn, NY and Danbury, CT
Active in Brooklyn, NY, from 1870 and later in Danbury, CT. Nathaniel Burton Rogers was senior member of the partnership with Mr. Karcher until 1877, when he retired selling the business to Mr. Karcher (possibly a relative). The firm was known as manufacturer of jewel boxes still pictured in Sears catalogs in 1920 (Information courtesy Joanne Wiertella)

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H.O. Rogers Silver Co. - Taunton MA SIMEON L. & GEORGE H. ROGERS CO.- Hartford, CT
Active from 1900. The firm was acquired by Wm. A. Rogers Ltd in 1918 and absorbed by Oneida Silversmiths in 1929. The production was located also in Canada (supposedly after 1918, when the firm was acquired by Wm A. Rogers Ltd)

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Rogers Smith & Co Rogers Smith & Co Rogers Smith & Co Rogers, Smith & Co Rogers, Smith & Co ROGERS, SMITH & CO
Organised in 1857 by William Rogers Sr. and George W. Smith. The firm was merged in 1861 with Rogers Brothers Mfg Co under the presidence of William Rogers. The tools and the dies were bought in 1862 by Meriden Britannia Co transferring to Meriden the production of the 1847 Rogers Bros line under the direction of William Rogers. In 1863 Meriden Britannia Co bought the hollowware division. In 1865 the plating shop was transferred from New Haven to Meriden and merged with Meriden Britannia Co in 1866. Rogers, Smith & Co ceased to exist as a separate firm and was used as a trademark of Meriden Britannia Co when the International Silver Co was formed in 1898

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William Rogers - Wallingford CT WILLIAM ROGERS - Wallingford CT


William Rogers - Wallingford CT: medium knives and fork boxes


William Rogers Mfg Co - Hartford, CT WILLIAM ROGERS MFG CO - Hartford, CT
Organised in 1865 by William Rogers and his elder son Wm Rogers Jr (the other sons Asa Jr. and Simeon were stockholders). In 1866 Rogers & Brother Co was incorporated. In 1872, when the William Rogers Manufacturing Co was incorporated, the Rogers were no longer associated to the firm (but later F. Willson Rogers, younger son of William Rogers, entered in the firm as Secretary). In the 1880s the firm had a bitter controversy with William Rogers Jr. about the right to use William Rogers name. In 1898 the firm became part of International Silver Co
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Wm.A.Rogers Ltd. (popular grade): trademark used from c. 1910 Wm.A.Rogers Ltd. (medium grade - Half Plate Flatware) Wm.A.Rogers Ltd. (cheap to medium grade) Wm.A.Rogers Ltd. Wm.A.Rogers Ltd. WM. A. ROGERS LTD
The firm was founded in the 1890s by Wm. A. Rogers a small storekeeper of New York using the "(R) ROGERS (R)" trademark from c. 1901 and the "1881 (R) ROGERS (R)" from c. 1910. The firm succeeded the Niagara Silver Co. (c. 1904) and bought Simeon L. & Geo. H. Rogers Co. in 1918. The firm was an Ontario corporation active in New York and North Hampton, MA, when was bought by Oneida in 1929

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Rosenthal U.S.A. Ltd - New York, NY ROSENTHAL U.S.A. LTD - New York, NY
founded in 1879 and coordinated to Rosenthal (Germany) Chinaware and glassware production.
Roslyn Silver Co - Taunton, MA ROSLYN SILVER CO - Tounton, MA
Manufacturers of silverplate wares c. 1950
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section RYRIE BROS
The two common forms of plated silver are Sheffield plate and silverplate/electroplate.
Sheffield Plate is a cheaper substitute for sterling, produced by fusing sheets of silver to the top and bottom of a sheet of copper or base metal. This 'silver sandwich' was then worked into finished pieces. At first it was only put on one side and later was on top and bottom.
Modern electroplating was invented by Italian chemist Luigi V. Brugnatelli in 1805. Brugnatelli used his colleague Alessandro Volta's invention of five years earlier, the voltaic pile, to facilitate the first electrodeposition. Unfortunately, Brugnatelli's inventions were repressed by the French Academy of Sciences and did not become used in general industry for the following thirty years.
Silver plate or electroplate is formed when a thin layer of pure or sterling silver is deposited electrolytically on the surface of a base metal. By 1839, scientists in Britain and Russia had independently devised metal deposition processes similar to Brugnatelli's for the copper electroplating of printing press plates.
Soon after, John Wright of Birmingham, England, discovered that potassium cyanide was a suitable electrolyte for gold and silver electroplating.
Wright's associates, George Elkington and Henry Elkington were awarded the first patents for electroplating in 1840. These two then founded the electroplating industry in Birmingham England from where it spread around the world.
Common base metals include copper, brass, nickel silver - an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel - and Britannia metal-a tin alloy with 5-10% antimony. Electroplated materials are often stamped EPNS for electroplated nickel or silver, or EPBM for electroplated Britannia metal.
Sheffield plate by the fusion process was not made in America, but factories here did turn out quantities of electroplated silver. In fact, it was so popular that one English firm with several variations of its name, but all including Dixon, sold quantities of electroplated silver, issued catalogues, and even had a New York showroom.
Today there is a great deal of American plated silver which has been treasured for years. Many families had plated silver as well as fine sterling. Some of it was inherited; some prized for sentimental reasons. If you have this plated ware, and it is as dear to you as fine early silver, then you are among the happy people of this world.
On plated silver the terms 'triple' and 'quadruple' indicate the number of coatings received by the base metal in the electroplating process. Naturally the more metal used in the plating the longer the piece should last. Polishing and wear have taken their toll of much of this plated ware and whether pieces are worth replating depends on their usefulness and your pleasure in them. If you like them well enough to spend money on them, then by all means have the work done, but remember a piece is worth at market value only the metal that is in it, the base metal under the plating being worth very little.

E.P.N.S. (Electroplated Nickel Silver) and EPBM (Electroplated Britannia Metal) are the most common names attributed to silver plate items. But many other names are used for silver plate:
EPWM, Electroplate on White Metal, EPC, Electroplate On Copper, EPCA, Electro Plated Copper Alloy, EPGS - Electro Plated German Silver, EPMS - Electro Plated Magnetic Silver, African Silver, Albion Silver, Alpha Plate, Ambassador Plate, Angle Plate, Argentium, Argentine Plate, Argentum, Ascetic, Austrian Silver, Brazilian Silver, Britanoid, Cardinal Plate, Electrum, Embassy Plate, Encore, Exquisite, Insignia Plate, Kingsley Plate, New Silver, Nevada Silver, Norwegian Silver, Pelican Silver, Potosi Silver, Royal County Plate, Silva Seal, Silverite, Sonora Silver, Spur Silver, Stainless Nickel, Stainless Nickel Silver, Unity Plate, Venetian Silver, Welbeck Plate,
SILVERPLATE MARKS
Pelton Bros. Silver Plate Co. hallmarkRogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmark   Mappin & Webb hallmarkWalker & Hall hallmark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Herrmann factory silver plate mark
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SILVER MANUFACTURERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Peter Charles Faberge mark    Gorham Athenic hallmark    International Silver Company mark    Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951    Kirk & Son mark    Meriden Britannia Company mark    Reed & Barton mark    Rogers Bros mark    Tiffany hallmarks    Towle Silversmiths mark    Wallace Silversmiths mark    Wiener Werkstatte monogram    WMF hallmarks   
Fabergé    Gorham    International Silver Co    Georg Jensen    Kirk Stieff    Meriden Britannia    Reed & Barton    Rogers    Tiffany & Co    Towle    Wallace    Wiener Werkstatte    WMF   


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