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A Rogers & Bro., and Rogers Smith & Co. Aesthetic hammered silver plated tea pot and creamer. Meriden, Ct. circa 1883.
A stunning Rogers & Bro. and Rogers Smith & Co. hammered silver plated teapot and creamer in the Japonaise Aesthetic taste. Both pieces are highly worked in repousse around the body, depicting birds, flowers, moths, lily pads and sunflowers. The rims of the teapot and creamer are decorated with a typical aesthetic die roll which similarly decorates the raised bases of both pieces. The interior of the creamer retains traces of a gold wash.
The teapot is marked on the base with the Rogers & Bro., Meriden mark double struck and the number 1934. The creamer is marked with the Rogers Smith & Co., Quadruple, Meriden mark and the number 1934 also on the base.
Dimensions of teapot: Height: 7". Width from handle to spout: 10.5", Diameter of lid 3", Diameter of base: 4"
Dimensions of creamer: Height: 3.5", Width from handle to spout: 7", Diameter of top: 2.5", Diameter of base: 3.25"
This is some of the best silver plate I have ever seen. The condition is excellent with only minimal loss of plate and light surface wear through polishing. The repousse work is crisp and in high relief, and the hammered surfaces produce a wonderful shimmering effect under low light.
Interestingly, the two pieces were clearly decorated by the same artist at Meriden, but the teapot was produced by Rogers & Bro. of Waterbury, Ct., which supplied blanks for Meriden after stamping them with their own trademarks.
The creamer is stamped with the mark of the Rogers Smith & Co. which had been acquired by Meriden in 1877, but which retained its old mark into the early 1880's. Two separate pieces from two separate companies, decorated under the same roof at Meriden. Talk about Yankee Ingenuity!
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