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.Continue Reading
Place settings included entree, salad and seafood forks, in addition to dinner and butter knives. Spoons were a specialty of this company and a set might contain teaspoons, tablespoons, iced tea and demitasse spoons, and grapefruit and large serving spoons.
Serving pieces produced by Rogers Brothers included 2-piece salad sets as well as roast carving sets. The company made slotted tomato servers, cheese knives, gravy and sauce ladles, berry spoons and sugar ladles. Additional pieces might range from ice tongs to ice cream slicers to pickle forks.
Flatware and serving pieces in good condition with minimal tarnish and wear have a greater value when sold as individual replacement pieces or as complete dinner services. The more unusual pieces have higher resale value than standard flatware.Learn more about Tableware