Rogers Brothers silverware can be valued by consulting online auction sites, sell-by-owner websites, antique dealers, and silverware resellers. Complete sets in original hardwood chests that are in pristine condition attract the highest prices. In late 19th-century America, there were so many Rogers silver firms that it was difficult to keep track of them. For appraising Rogers Brothers silverware, it is useful to realise that the vast majority of flatware manufactured by companies named Rogers is silver-plated, not sterling.
The many Rogers and Rogers Brothers silverware enterprises were acquired contemporaneously by two major silver-plate producers, International Silver and Oneida, but the different companies continued to use their own trademarks for some styles. The majority of flatware produced was silver-plate, which was less expensive.
The 1847 Rogers Brothers silver-plate mark represents the year the original company was founded, not the year the flatware was created. International Sterling is indicated by an additional “IS” mark after the Rogers name on the backs of spoons and forks. Authentic sterling silver is stamped with the word “STERLING” or the number 925, representing the requisite silver content of 92.5 percent. A professional assessor or a jeweller specialising in silverware can correctly assess the worth of any piece having a sterling mark.
Rogers Brothers silverware patterns and manufacturer’s marks can be matched to images on resellers’ websites. These sources and online auction sites provide a realistic assessment of Rogers Brothers silver-market plate’s value.