F.B. Rogers Silver Co. 1883 was one of the marks used by a Massachusetts silversmithing company founded in 1883. There are no verifiable records to determine the names of the company's original owners, but it was bought by Edward W. Porter and L.B. West in 1886. The company was originally established in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and production operations were later moved to Taunton, Massachusetts after the acquisition.Continue Reading
The new owners renamed the company West Silver Company and supplied silverware to William Rogers Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Massachusetts. West Silver Company continued silverware production until it was sold to H.E. Nearing, William Davison and Carleton A. Woodward in 1904.
The company's name was changed back to F.B. Rogers and moved to another production site before finally settling down at West Water Street in Taunton, Massachusetts. F.B. Rogers Silver Co. was once again sold in 1955 and became a division of the National Silver Company.
The massive old 80,000-square-foot West Water Street manufacturing complex, once used by the Weir Stove Company to produce Glenwood Ranges, was finally demolished in July 2009. This was two years after a New Jersey demolition company took down the complex's center portion, according to the Taunton Daily Gazette.Learn more about US History
The 1847 stamped on the mark of Rogers Brothers International Silver Co stands for the year the company was founded, not the manufacture year of a particular piece of flatware. International Silver absorbed Rogers Brothers in 1898. The silver is most likely low-value silver-plate; sterling silver flatware is stamped STERLING after the mark. Sets may include the full complement of eating and serving pieces. A chest of flatware could hold a service for six, eight, twelve or more diners.Full Answer >
Identify items from the International Silver Company by identifying the marks on the bottom of the piece. Most marks contain a form of the name along with the name of the subsidiary company. For instance, items from the Derby Silver Company, part of the International Silver Company, are stamped with "Derby S.P. Co." in a semicircle with "International S. Co." stamped horizontally beneath it.Full Answer >
The trademark logo on all F.B. Rogers Silver Company pieces is a crown with the number 18 on the left and the number 83 on the right of the crown. The company's name also appears below the crown.Full Answer >
You can assess the value of an FB Rogers Silver Company tea set using print resources such as Kovels.com's Antiques & Collectibles and Antique Trader Antiquities & Collectibles. Searching prices on eBay also provides information regarding value.Full Answer >