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Coleen McKeag
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posted 01-28-2001 02:58 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am currently visiting my parents in Virginia. My father spent his teenage years in Wisconsin. During W.W.II he purchased a silver pitcher. He paid $150 for it at the time. He would like to know whether he was foolish and paid too much. It does not say that it is sterling and I assume it is silver plated. It does have the following inscribed on the bottom:

APRIL
SIMEON L. & GEORGE H.
ROGERS COMPANY
6197

The piece has a simple floral design at the base.

Please let me know if you can provide any information on this piece. Dad is 82 years old and in poor health and his cousin has recently sent it back to him.

My Mom's email is Rhandwerk@tds.net. They want to give it to my son and our e-mail is scpchocolate@skynet.be. We currently live in Belgium and I came home to help for a month.

Appreciatively,

Coleen McKeag

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Brent

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Hi! Thanks for posting your question.

Unfortunately, you are correct; the pitcher is silver plate. The Simeon L. & George H. Rogers Company was founded in Hartford, CT. in 1900. It was taken over by William A. Rogers, Ltd., a Canadian firm, in 1918, which was in turn succeeded by Oneida Silversmiths in 1929. To make a long story short, your pitcher was made by Oneida Silversmiths. The S.L. & G.H. Rogers trademark was never used on sterling, and the pitcher would definitely say "STERLING" if it was. "April" is probably the name of the pattern.

I am assuming that your pitcher is a big one, perhaps for milk or ice water. Did your father buy it new, or as an antique? $150 was a lot of money in the 1940's, and it would have been full retail price for a new one at the time. If he bought it as an antique in the 40's, then he did get taken, unfortunately.

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