I have books on SILVERPLATE but there is information I cannot find in my guide.
So, I wanted to create a guide of facts that you would have to research on Silverplate.
If we can collect this information and keep it all in one guide, then it is a resource.
This is a new guide and we will be adding to it as we collect new information.
Cunningham Silver Plate
A trademark of the William Rogers Mfg. Co. Used
on flatware made for Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce
who offered the flatware as premiums.
The Viceroy Silver Company is a recorded trade name of the National Silver Company.
National Silver has a history that dates back to the 1890s. The company continued making
flatware until the 1950s. Unfortunately, they have disposed of all of their flatware records.
Viceroy is best known for silver plate flatware.
The best way to determine if you have found Viceroy flatware is to look at the markings
on the reverse side of one of the pieces. This is easiest with a fork or a spoon.
You will see the imprint "Viceroy," "Viceroy Plate," "Viceroy Plate U.S.A.," or a combination thereof.
Since this flatware is no longer in production, it has some value.
This is especially true for people who are looking to complete their own sets or who are
putting together a set for someone else.
As with any antique, price and value are set by current demand.
National Silver Company was one of the few old silver companies that didn't, at some point, get absorbed into either the International Silver Co. or Oneida.
If you find a piece of Italian "Silver" Flatware marked ARG 800... Here is what I found out.
ARG 800 is "Argento Silver Plate". It is not solid silver.
SHELTON SILVER PLATE
This pattern was made by ONEIDA. If you are researching your silverplate and it is only marked SHELTON, be assured it is made by Oneida.
I had a fork marked WM Rogers & Sons 12.
I consulted with a silver expert on the meaning of the 12. Here is what I found."First of all, all Wm. Rogers & Son flatware is silverplated, so that makes your 12 marking easy to explain. A 12 on the back of silverplated flatware represents the amount of silver in ounces used to plate a gross of whatever type of piece is marked (different amounts were used for difference pieces). In the case of your fork, 12 ounces of pure silver was used to plate 144 forks".
I found a piece of flatware that said INTERNATIONAL SILVER PLATE.
I did not know how to research it. I later found out that it was part of the 1847 Rogers line,
even though it didn't say Rogers. I am still learning and thought this fact may help you too.
FACTS ABOUT WM. ROGERS SILVERPLATE
Wm. Rogers (William Rogers), 1801 - 1973, was a master American silversmith and a pioneer in the silverplate industry. It can be confusing to identify silver marked Wm. Rogers because his prestigious name was appropriated by many companies both in his lifetime and for generations after.
At least six interrelated lines of silverplate have been marked Wm. Rogers.
1. The mark "1865 Wm. Rogers" was used by Rogers himself in 1865.
2. The mark "Wm. Rogers surrounded by a star and eagle" was used by William Rogers between 1825 to 1841 on his coin silver spoons. From 1878 to 1893, after the death of William Sr., it was used by Simpson, Hall, Miller and Company after they signed an agreement with Wm. Rogers Jr. This mark was used again off and on from the late 1800s until at least 1939 by the International Silver Co.
3. The mark "Wm. Rogers Mfg Co." was used after 1865 by William and his son William Jr. and later by the International Silver Company.
4. The mark "Wm. Rogers and Son followed by a star" was used from around 1856-1861.
5. The mark "Wm. Rogers and Son" was used by William Sr. and Jr. from 1861 to 1871 and later by the International Silver Company.
6. The mark "Wm. A. Rogers" was used as early as 1897. It became part of Oneida silver around 1929, and Oneida employed the Wm. A. Rogers mark as late as 1978.
Popular Victorian patterns from Wm. Rogers and Son include Alhambra (1907), Beauty (1909), Orange Blossom (1910), and Rose (1909).
Popular patterns from Wm. Rogers Mfg include Isabella (1913), Revelation (1938), and Jubilee (1953).
Popular patterns from Wm. A. Rogers include Glenrose (1908), Grenoble (1906), Carnation (1908) and La Concorde (1910).
Good references to consult regarding Wm. Rogers include the Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by Dorothy T. Rainwater and Judy Redfield, Silverplated Flatware by Tere Hagan, American Silverplate by Dorothy Rainwater with Donna Felger, and the Standard Encyclopedia of American Silverplate by Frances M. Bones and Lee Roy Fisher.
If you find a piece of Silverplate Flatware marked PRESTIGE PLATE, it is made by ONEIDA.
If you find a piece of Silverplate Flatware marked Hollywood Silver Plate, it is made by INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO.
If you find a piece of Silverplate Flatware marked "VICTORS CO. A1 + Overlay", my research turned up that it was made by INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO.
It was supposedly their Hotel Ware Line of Flatware. They had 3 different patterns that I know of in that HOTEL WARE LINE: Andover, Choate, and Cortland. There may be more.