Identify Rogers flatware by the manufacturer's mark on the underside of the item and the pattern of the flatware. Many flatware firms have used the name "Rogers" in name and mark. Some had family links with William Rogers, the American master silversmith who created over 100 silver patterns.
- Find the manufacturer's mark
Look for the manufacturer's mark on the underside of the flatware, and match it with marks found in paper or online catalogs. Among the many marks bearing the Rogers name, William Rogers used the letters "Wm. Rogers" between a star and an eagle from 1825 to 1841 on silver spoons. This mark was later used by Simpson, Hall, Miller and Company and also by the International Silver Company. In 1865, William Rogers used the mark "1865 Wm. Rogers." After 1865, William and his son William Jr. used the mark "Wm. Rogers Mfg Co," but this mark was picked up later by the International Silver Company.
- Identify the designs
Study design catalogs either in print or online, and match the designs with those created by William Rogers. Some popular designs bearing the imprint "Wm. A. Rogers" include Grenoble, Glenrose, Carnation and La Concorde. Popular designs with the "Wm. Rogers Mfg" mark include Isabella, Jubilee and Revelation.
- Identify the flatware by firm
Find out which firm created the flatware through catalogs as well. William Rogers, his son, other relatives and business associates created many firms dealing in silver flatware in the 19th and 20th centuries, including Church and Rogers, A. Rogers Jr. and Co., Wm. A. Rogers LTD, and Wm. Rogers & Son.