How Do You Identify a Rogers Silver-Plate Pattern?

To identify a Rogers silver-plate pattern, look for the name "Wm. Rogers" or the company name "Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co." on the back of the item. In some cases, the name appears with a star and an eagle.

To determine the age of a Rogers piece, look for an eagle and a star, which appear on pieces made between 1825 and 1841. On pieces made in 1865, the date appears before the name "Wm. Rogers." Pieces bearing the company name "Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co." were made after 1865. Pieces bearing the mark "Wm. Rogers and Son" followed by an eagle were made between 1856 and 1861, but if the mark appears without the eagle, the piece was made between 1861 and 1871.

The various Rogers marks belonged to William Hazen Rogers, born in 1801; his two brothers; and his son, William Henry Rogers. The Rogers mark appears on over 100 patterns of silver and silver-plated dishes and cutlery. Some of the Rogers family and company marks were later used by the International Silver Company, which was formed in 1898 by the merger of several New England silversmith companies and became the world's largest silverware manufacturer. The William Rogers Manufacturing Company became part of the International Silver Company in 1905.