As I mentioned in an earlier post, people collect sterling and silver plated flatware for different reasons. Some people are looking for that elusive piece to complete their set. Others collect particular pieces in a variety of patterns, like sugar shells or salt spoons or nut picks or whatever. There are those who are always on the lookout for aesthetic period design or floral themes or grape motifs (the latter fondly known as grape nuts).
And recently I had an experience at my Etsy shop that reminded me of another method of collecting; collecting by designer. The designer is Frederick E. Pretat. Mr. Pretat was a very talented and prolific artist who created many patterns for Rogers & Hamilton and International Silver. The patents shown below are some of his, in chronological order, from 1889 through 1921.
The patent shown above is the Monarch pattern. It was assigned to The Rogers & Hamilton Co. I understand that this pattern can be found with other backstamps including Meriden Silver Co., Montgomery Ward and Rogers & Bro.
Charles E. Pretat designed the patent shown above. Charles was Fredrick’s father and I thought I’d include this and the next patent attributed to him. Charles was born September 27, 1825 in Paris, France and died October 8, 1895 in Waterbury, CT. Charles and his wife Matilda had seven children, and Frederick was the youngest. Charles had also obtained an earlier patent in 1864 for a photographic album, Patent US44890.
I do not know if the spoon design patent shown above was named or manufactured; it was not assigned.
The patent shown above was assigned to Rogers & Hamilton but I do not know its name or if it was manufactured.
This Shell pattern was assigned to The Rogers & Hamilton Co.
The December 19, 1894 issue of The Jewelers’ Circular carried a full page ad for Rogers & Hamilton orange spoons featuring the Shell pattern.
This pattern was assigned to The Rogers & Hamilton Co. and I believe other backstamps include: Aurora Silver Plate Co., Mermod, Jaccard & Co., Montgomery Ward & Co., G. Rodgers, Rogers & Bro., G. Rogers, James W. Tufts and J. L. Wilson.
Following is an ad from an 1895 issue of the Connecticut Magazine for this Aldine pattern:
The above patent for Raphael was assigned to The Rogers & Hamilton Co. It is my understanding other backstamps include J. Durley & Brother, The Hampshire Co., Herman Hiss and Montgomery Ward & Co.
Raphael is one of my favorite designs. When you look at a piece of flatware in this pattern, it looks like the handle is studded with tiny little pieces of marcasite. It sparkles and reflects the light beautifully. A truly lovely pattern it is.
Following is an ad for Raphael from the July 1897 issue of The Jewelers’ Circular:
The above Marquise patent was assigned to International Silver (which was formed in 1898). I believe other backstamps include Meriden Britannia, Montgomery Ward, R&B and J. Wiss & Sons.
The Mystic pattern shown above was assigned to International Silver. I believe backstamps include Rogers & Bro. and Meriden Britannia.
The Doric pattern was assigned to International Silver. I believe the backstamps for this one include Rogers & Bro. and Rogers & Hamilton.
Verona was assigned to International Silver and backstamped Rogers & Bro.
Corona was assigned to International Silver and backstamps include Wm. Rogers, Fairfield Plate and R. C. Co.
This Corona pattern must has been popular as the patent was reissued.
Grecian was assigned to International Silver and also backstamped Rogers & Bro.
The patent above was assigned to International Silver but I am not certain of the pattern name or backstamp.
The Garland pattern above was assigned to International Silver and backstamped Rogers & Bro.
The Jewell pattern was assigned to International Silver and backstamped R&B.
This St. Moritz pattern (also known as Queen Ann) was assigned to International Silver and backstamped 1847 Rogers Bros. and Rogers & Bro.
I am fond of this pattern as Mr. Pretat did away with the tradition of placing the major design detail at the top of the handle and instead placed it down toward the end of the handle near the bowl. Subtle and stunning design.
Admiral was assigned to International Silver and backstamped Rogers & Bro.
Empire was assigned to International Silver and backstamped Rogers & Bro.
One last tidbit of information on Frederick E. Pretat…State of Connecticut public documents show that he had a brook trout plant and stocked the Woodbury River in the towns of Middlebury and Woodbury, CT in 1916. Now that’s diversification for you!