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iconnumber posted 09-05-2003 07:31 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems that lately everytime my husband inspects a construction site, he finds a piece of silverplate. This new one is stamped: 1847 Rogers Bros.S followed by a small circle with a flower motif inside of it. It matches the 'Shell' design I found online. There is no 'I' in front of the 'S' after the word: Bros. Does this mean that it is aged previous to the merger with International Silver? The plate has worn off in the back and it appears to be copper, but not sure. The sppon was found in a new school constructuion site in Southgate, Ca. Anyone have any ideas?

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iconnumber posted 09-06-2003 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anuh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Without a picture there is just no way to state a pattern name to the piece.

International Silver Co. began first as a consortium of small silver manufacturers, a way for them all to equally market their products. That was in 1896, if I have the date right, so it is no likely as old as you would hope.

However, post a picture here and we will tell you what we can.


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iconnumber posted 09-06-2003 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This sounds like the standard "Shell" pattern.

Is the handle plain, curved around the top, with a raised shell motif there?

This pattern was made by many different makers over a long period of time, both in sterling and plate. It enjoyed a great run of popularity because of its classic, familiar design and probably because of availability of pieces.

It could have been made in 1880 or it could have been made in 1920. There's no way to give it a very close circa date.

I think Rogers probably used the same trademark both before and after the merger with Int'l Silver because of name recognition, so even the marks don't help us out much. (Click here to read what Dale wrote about I.S. and individual brand names).

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