Today we are still in Hartford CT., continuing with the silver plate theme of previous posts, extending the time line a bit, while overlapping info here and there. This is another attempt to organize some notes, illustrations, photos and other semi-related material on the Rogers Brothers, particularly while in Hartford. Let’s begin with a brief history from a 1905 article in “The Connecticut Magazine”. The divergent paths and businesses make it difficult to manage simply. The focus will be on the Rogers brothers manufacturing facilities throughout the city, including Rogers, Smith & Company. Even though there will be some mention of Wm. Rogers Mfg. and William Watrous in this post, we will examine them and the “others of the next generation” more in the next post on Hartford. This much is fact: “Rogers Brothers” is Hartford, “Rogers & Brother” is Waterbury.
Mixed in with articles from periodicals and advertisements we will try to get a feel for the place. Hartford was a beautiful city. First is a late 19th century view down Main Street from near where the Rogers brothers started plating flatware in the cellar of 4-6 State Street earlier.
Next is a birdseye view from 1877 map of the building where Rogers Brothers Manufacturing was located in the 1850s. Bushnell Park is just over the bridge.
Below is an 1855 advertisement from “The Illustrated American Biography”. The same building as above was at the corner of Hicks St. and Trumbull St. in Hartford. A close-up of the illustration is shown in the post titled “William Hazen Rogers in Hartford 1820-1855”
The next ad is from the “Trow’s New York City Directory” Vol. 71 1856. Note “White metal” and “Albata”.
The ad below is from the “Express Office Handbook” of 1860. There was a similar ad in this publication for Hartford Mfg. Co. (see previous post on that subject)
Below are “Rogers Bros.” and “Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.” patterns taken from Noel D. Turner’s book “American Silver Flatware 1837 – 1910” page 147
Also listed in the Turner book are the following patterns with the dates they were introduced:
Antique – Rogers Bros. 1849 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
Beaded – Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1855
Fiddle – Rogers Bros. 1850 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
French Oval – Rogers Bros. 1852 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
Gothic – Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1860
Olive – Rogers Bros. 1848 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
Oval – Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1855
Oval Thread – Rogers. Bros. Mfg. 1860
Plain – Rogers Bros. 1847 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
St. Charles – Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1855
Shell – Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1860
Silver – Rogers Bros. 1850 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
Spanish – Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1860
Threaded – Rogers Bros. 1847 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
Tipped – Rogers. Bros. 1847 & Rogers. Bros. Mfg. 1853
Tuscan – Rogers Bros. 1852 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
Windsor – Rogers Bros. 1850 & Rogers Bros. Mfg. 1853
William Hazen Rogers and George W. Smith formed a partnership on Jan. 1 1857 naming the business Rogers, Smith & Co. It looks like the company stayed in Hartford for only about five years.
The below court papers report that Rogers Brothers Mfg. Co. was “sold and conveyed” to Rogers, Smith & Co. in 1862. This is from “Special Acts and Resolutions of the State of Connecticut” Vol. 5.
Next is a Patent from 1860 issued to Edward A. Godfrey and assigned to Rogers, Smith & Co.
Rogers, Smith & Co. was located on Mechanic Street. The building between the smoke stacks, in the view below, seems to have the correct proportions.
Below is from the Conn. Historical Society.
Next is a beautiful aesthetic style design tradecard, front and back.
This page is from the 1889 “13th Annual Illustrated Catalogue of the Busiest House in America”. Apparently this is a Meriden Britannia promotion.
Included below are some misc. notes related to Rogers, Smith & Co.
Throughout my posts I try to gather related information so that in the future I can reference them easily. Often it is not very well organized. However, perhaps one small thing will help someone else in their research.
For more on Rogers, Smith & Co. and all things ROGERS please take a look here: http://www.silvercollection.it/ROGERSSILVERMANUFACTURERS.html
Below, again from the same 1877 map of Hartford, is the corner of Grove and Front St. The factory there looks to be the Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co. building, organized by William Hazen Rogers in 1865.
The same building from the “Connecticut Historical Society”:
Now comes an overview of a larger section of Hartford with numbered locations indicating various Rogers establishments.
1. Church & Rogers 110 Main St 2. William Rogers & Co. 4-6 State St. 3. Rogers & Brothers Mfg. Hicks St. 4. Rogers, Smith & Co. Mechanic St. 5. Wm. Rogers Mfg. 67 Front St. 6. Wm. Rogers Mfg. 66-80 Market St.
For the Market St building (#6) see picture in lead article of this post. The Rogers Cutlery Co. site would be just off the upper right hand portion of the map. The next post will study these two companies in more depth.
Below is a family tree including some of the subjects for the upcoming post on William Henry Rogers, William Watrous, Edward Fifield and others.
Larger renditions of the three Rogers brothers from the first article.
William Hazen was introduced in an earlier post. This is the same portrait that can be found on box labels.
Simeon was briefly mentioned in the earlier post on Hartford Manufacturing.
Asa was in the post on “Spoonville”. Asa and William Watrous started Rogers Cutlery Co. Watrous may be the most important figure in the success of the Wm. Rogers Mfg. Further discussion will follow in a post on Wm. Rogers Mfg.
In Hartford and involved with the Rogers brothers were Le Roy White (earlier post on Hartford Manufacturing) and David B. Hamilton. In fact Le Roy, Simeon, Asa and David left “Rogers Brother Mfg. Co. in Hartford” and moved to Waterbury, CT where they established “Rogers & Brother”.
Below is a little on Rogers & Brother before getting to David Hamilton.
David’s son, Charles A. Hamilton, was the Hamilton in “Rogers & Hamilton”.
Next are a couple pages of interest from two books. The first is from “Connecticut Reports: Proceedings in the Supreme Court…” Vol. 54. The second is from the “Federal Reporter” (1934). They list some of the backstamps along with a little history.
My notes below list the marks from these two articles plus some others of interest.
Good sites for history:
I do have some interesting Rogers & Bro. items for sale at my Etsy shop. I find the circular mark on the “Persian” pattern nut pick particularly interesting: