Yes, There is an 1846 Rogers

It all started with Dorothy T. and H. Ivan Rainwater’s book, “American Silverplate”.  I was looking at the Flatware Chapter and came across the following paragraph: “The “1846 (ANCHOR) ROGERS (ANCHOR)” trademark was used only about two years when William Rogers formed the Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. in 1865.  At that time he was apparently in disagreement with the Meriden Britannia Company which was making the “1847 ROGERS BROS.” line, and William decided to go them one better and stamp his 1846.  However, this was stopped by a suit and he changed the mark to “1865 WM. ROGERS MFG. CO.”

Rainwater Book "American Silverplate"

Rainwater Book “American Silverplate”

A signed first edition of this Rainwater book is available for sale at my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/159258685/rainwater-book-american-silverplate-1968 This was very interesting to me as I had never seen an “1846 Anchor Rogers” mark.  And I thought William Hazen Rogers was affiliated with Meriden Britannia at the time he formed Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. in 1865, so why would he want to antagonize them by using an 1846 stamp?  So my research started. I tried to find information on the lawsuit which had been mentioned in the Rainwater book but to no avail.  However, I did find an 1885 lawsuit between Rogers & Brother versus Cephas B. Rogers and Others which helped to clarify somewhat the relationship between William Hazen Rogers and Meriden Britannia in 1865.  This lawsuit can be found on Google Books and there are many pages.  The following is the first page of the suit.

First Page of 1885 Lawsuit Between Rogers & Brothers vs. Cephas B. Rogers and Others

First Page of 1885 Lawsuit Between Rogers & Brother vs. Cephas B. Rogers and Others

There is quite a bit of “Rogers” history contained within the pages of the suit and might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in this topic as this suit was brought in 1885 and simply states the facts as they were at that time…there is no interpretation or misinterpretation of the history, just the facts. I’m including three additional pages from this lawsuit.  The page below gives you some background as to what was happening with William, Asa and Simeon Rogers at the time.

Background on William, Asa and Simeon Rogers

Background on William, Asa and Simeon Rogers

It’s toward the bottom of this next page where it gets interesting.  It states that all three brothers became associated with Meriden Britannia in 1862.  In the very last paragraph it states that William Rogers left Meriden Britannia in 1865 (this is the year Rainwater stated that the 1846 Anchor Rogers mark started to be used by William Rogers).

In 1865 William Rogers left the employent of the Meriden Britannia Company

In 1865 William Rogers left the employent of the Meriden Britannia Company

The rest of this paragraph follows on the next page:

William Rogers leaves Meriden Britannia in 1865 and returns in 1868

William Rogers leaves Meriden Britannia in 1865 and returns in 1868

So this lawsuit cleared up my confusion about William Rogers association with Meriden Britannia from 1865-1868.  He left Meriden Britannia and established his own company back in Hartford, The William Rogers Manufacturing Company.  And this supports Rainwater’s statement to some extent.  He must have had some sort of “issue” with Meriden Britannia and left.  He started his own company and used that “1846” mark perhaps to rile Meriden Britannia, doing one better than “1847”.  Whatever differences between William Rogers and Meriden Britannia were seemingly settled as he returned to that company in 1868. I have not yet found a piece of silverplate in a pattern that dates to the 1860s with the 1846 mark on it.  However, I have found a few pieces of flatware which do have the “1846 ANCHOR ROGERS ANCHOR” mark on them, but these are patterns that date from the 1890s.

Flatware With the 1846 Rogers Mark

Flatware With the 1846 Rogers Mark

From top to bottom in the photo above, the patterns are: Ormonde, 1894, Patent #23326 Columbus, 1895* Cromwell, 1895 Gem, 1892 Triumph/Opal, 1891, Patent #020510 Sultana or Shell, circa 1890 William Hazen Rogers died in 1873.  Perhaps his son, William Henry Rogers, was not that enthusiastic about the formation of International Silver toward the latter part of the 1890s.  Or, as William Rogers Mfg. was being absorbed, he wanted to honor how his father had started the company and go out with the old “1846” mark.  Another hypothesis might be that this company or more likely William H. Watrous was honoring the legacy including William Henry Rogers, who died in 1896, fifty years from when his father began in the flatware business. Simpson Hall & Miller might have also showed some respect with a simple cross on the R on their lable as William H. Rogers was also affiliated with them. The following label is possibly another clue in 1846 Rogers mystery.  Does the cross represent another symbol of respect….

Wm. Rogers Wallingford, CT. 1846 - 1896

Wm. Rogers Wallingford, CT. 1846 – 1896

I’ve seen it noted that International Silver used this mark later, but here I must assume that those pieces shown above were just prior to that organization’s formation.  So far I have not seen any pieces that have the “1846” mark along with the “IS” mark. I do have Anchor Rogers nut picks available at my shop, but unfortunately they are not marked 1846 (wish they were).   http://www.etsy.com/listing/156006155/four-anchor-rogers-silver-plated-nut

Anchor Rogers Silverplated Nut Picks in "Sultana" Pattern

Anchor Rogers Silverplated Nut Picks in “Sultana” Pattern

I also have a nut or bon bon spoon available at my Etsy shop marked with the 1846 Anchor Rogers mark:

1892 "Gem" Pattern With "1846 Anchor Rogers" Mark

1892 “Gem” Pattern With “1846 Anchor Rogers” Mark

This bon bon spoon can be found here at my Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/166393744/1846-anchor-rogers-silver-plated-bon-bon I certainly welcome any information anyone can provide on this topic.

*UPDATE 6/1/16:  A reader advised that he had a spoon with the 1846 Rogers mark and the spoon was engraved “World’s Fair 1893”.

He was kind enough to provide me with photos of his spoon.  The pattern is “Columbus” and the spoon is an orange spoon.  “World’s Fair 1893” is engraved in the bowl.  The “Columbus” pattern is commonly believed to date to 1895, so it is likely that date is wrong and it dates at least to 1893. img_20160531_173303.jpg

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The 1893 World’s Fair is also known as the “Columbian World’s Fair”.  This pattern is called “Columbus”.  (1847 Rogers also issued the “Columbia” pattern in 1893).  It is my understanding that over 300 different souvenir spoons were issued for this fair.

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13 Responses to Yes, There is an 1846 Rogers

  1. jessica says:

    I am curious if you’ve stumbled across any new patterns since writing this article. I am having a hard time locating information on the pattern on the spoon I own, since your pictures are the only designs i can find, and unfortunately none of them match.

  2. Kyle says:

    I have a Rogers Sterling spoon with the 2 anchors, and an IS stamped on it. It also says moonbeam on it. Is it anything special?

    • queenofsienna says:

      Kyle, the IS stands for International Silver; Anchor Rogers is one of their backstamps. Moonbeam is the pattern name and dates to 1948. I suggest you go to Replacements.com and go to the Silver tab, then go to the “I” tab and click on Intetnational Silver. Their patterns are listed alphabetically…find Moonbeam and click on it. There you’ll find various flatware pieces including spoons and their prices. This will at least give you an idea. You can also search Moonbeam IS / International Silver on eBay under completed auctions. That will also give you an idea as to value. Good luck. Susan

  3. Linda says:

    I have an 1846 Rogers silver ladle that is, I believe the Cromwell pattern from 1895? It would have belonged to my husband’s great-great grandmother. I will try to email a picture to you.

  4. Gem W Marston says:

    researching pieces of old silver and found your information very helpful. I have a lovely delicate spoon with a small thin oval bowl> It is anchor Rogers anchor dot XII larger dot. The back of the stem is plain but the front has four little five petal flowers going up the stem with the top having a place for engraving and floral design. My grandfather was a silver smith in Meriden working from the time he was fourteen years old. Silver has always been apart of his families life. Thought you might be interested in this story.

  5. Donald says:

    Hello …..I have the exact spoon in the second picture down from the top that says 1846 anchor rogers anchor xii on the back and on the front is ingraved Worlds Fair 1893…..I can’t really find anything about this….is this unusual?also would this be silver plate or solid?…..thanks!

    • queenofsienna says:

      With that 1846 Anchor Rogers mark, it is silver plate. What is unusual is the fact that most people believe this pattern dates to 1895 but your inscription moves it a couple years earlier. I have never seen this pattern with that inscription. Very interesting and I thank you for your comment and information.

    • queenofsienna says:

      Donald, I’ve been researching your spoon some more and can’t find another one or anything about it. Would it be possible for you to send me a photo so I could share it in my blog? Thanks, Susan

      • Donald says:

        Sorry to ask this in a reply but I am not able to find your email for sending you some pics? Also Thanks for your replys to my question!

      • queenofsienna says:

        Donald, sorry I meant to include my email address…it’s queenofsienna@gmail.com.

        You’re welcome…you have a very interesting spoon!

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