Collecting by Design: Frederick E. Pretat

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.

19337 F.E.Pretat  1889 Monarch

Patent 19337 F.E.Pretat 1889 Monarch

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.

Patent 22527 Charles Pretat

Patent 22527 Charles Pretat 1893

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.

22661 Charles

Patent 22661 Charles Pretat 1893

The patent shown above was assigned to Rogers & Hamilton but I do not know its name or if it was manufactured.

22747 F.E.Pretat 1893 Shell

Patent 22747 F.E.Pretat 1893 Shell

This Shell pattern was assigned to The Rogers & Hamilton Co.  

The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review Vol. 29 1894

The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review Vol. 29 1894

The December 19, 1894 issue of The Jewelers’ Circular carried a full page ad for Rogers & Hamilton orange spoons featuring the Shell pattern.

24353 F.E.Pretat 1895 Aldine

Patent 24353 F.E.Pretat 1895 Aldine

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 Connecticut Magazine Vol. 1 1895

The Connecticut Magazine Vol. 1 1895

 

26269 F.E.Pretat 1896 Raphael

Patent 26269 F.E.Pretat 1896 Raphael

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 Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review Vol. 34 1897

The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review Vol. 34 1897

 

33154 F.Pretat 1900 Marquise

Patent 33154 F.Pretat 1900 Marquise

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.

36389 F.E.Pretat 1903 Mystic

Patent 36389 F.E.Pretat 1903 Mystic

The Mystic pattern shown above was assigned to International Silver.  I believe backstamps include Rogers & Bro. and Meriden Britannia.

38756 F.E.Pretat 1907 Doric

Patent 38756 F.E.Pretat 1907 Doric

The Doric pattern was assigned to International Silver.  I believe the backstamps for this one include Rogers & Bro. and Rogers & Hamilton.

40620 F.E.Pretat 1910 Verona

Patent 40620 F.E.Pretat 1910 Verona

Verona was assigned to International Silver and backstamped Rogers & Bro.

41803 F.E.Pretat 1911 Corona

Patent 41803 F.E.Pretat 1911 Corona

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.

43745 F.E.Pretat 1913 Grecian

Patent 43745 F.E.Pretat 1913 Grecian

Grecian was assigned to International Silver and also backstamped Rogers & Bro.

45071 F.E.Pretat 1913

Patent 45071 F.E.Pretat 1913

The patent above was assigned to International Silver but I am not certain of the pattern name or backstamp.

45309 F.E.Pretat 1914 Garland

Patent 45309 F.E.Pretat 1914 Garland

The Garland pattern above was assigned to International Silver and backstamped Rogers & Bro.

47010 F.E.Pretat 1915 Jewell

Patent 47010 F.E.Pretat 1915 Jewell

The Jewell pattern was assigned to International Silver and backstamped R&B.

50586 F.E.Pretat 1917 St.Moritz

Patent 50586 F.E.Pretat 1917 St.Moritz

This St. Moritz pattern (also known as Queen Ann) was assigned to International Silver and backstamped 1847 Rogers Bros. and Rogers & Bro.

St. Moritz or Queen Ann

St. Moritz or Queen Ann

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.

51655 F.E.Pretat 1918 Admiral

Patent 51655 F.E.Pretat 1918 Admiral

Admiral was assigned to International Silver and backstamped Rogers & Bro.

59376 F.E.Pretat 1921 Empire

Patent 59376 F.E.Pretat 1921 Empire

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!

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5 Responses to Collecting by Design: Frederick E. Pretat

  1. Linda Hayes says:

    Thank you so much for compiling this information. As a member of the Pretat family, I’ve grown up knowing about our these family members and their silver patterns and have enjoyed dinner with one of the settings that my father and I share. All of our family will enjoy this post!

  2. Tom Forsell says:

    This is fascinating reading, what little I can read from the ad. I had not heard of Saratoga chips and Apollinaris glasses. Thought you may like to see this if you had not seen it before. If you have time, check out this ad on Ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIG-1901-Wallace-Silver-Catalog-Book-w-Maxfield-Parrish-cover-Many-Illus-/221814603098?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33a52e3d5a

  3. Frederic Pretat Travis says:

    My name is Frederic Pretat Travis. I have a 12 piece serving set of silver ware my Grandfather made for my Grandmother as her wedding gift. I and many of my family have his original charcoal sketches framed and proudly hanging in our homes. Thank you for sharing our family history.

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