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WM Rogers Silver is antique silverware produced by the notable American silversmith William Rogers.
Brief history and description
William Rogers (now known as Wm. Rogers) was born in 1801 and died in 1873, and was an American silversmith who was a groundbreaking pioneer of the silverplate industry. Many of Wm. Rogers' designs were influenced by Louis XIV-style patterns of the 17th and 18th century in France, and he was best known for his Elberon pattern and "Presidential" cutlery series.
Wm. Rogers silver items are typically marked as "1865 Wm. Rogers," and many of his coin silver spoons which were produced between 1825 to 1841 usually carried a small imprint of a star or an eagle. Other authentic Wm. Rogers silver items may also carry the "Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co" logo or the "Wm. Rogers and Sons" logo as well.
Some of the many popular Wm. Rogers silver items include spoons, forks, platters, tea pots, candlebars, cocktail shakers, and many more.
Guide for collectors
Wm. Rogers' Elberon pattern silver items are considered to be the most rare and valuable. Wm. Rogers silver items that are sold as a complete set are also considered to be both rare and valuable among collectors.
Restoration of a W.M. Rogers silver item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a W.M. Rogers silver item may decrease its value.
For more information regarding W.M. Rogers silver, visit Wm. Rogers official website.
Silver plate Presidential spoons sets
Austin Auction Gallery in Austin, Texas sold a complete WM. Rogers presidential spoon set for $90 in January of 2012.
Silver plate tea sets
Wm. Rogers silver plate tea sets which consist of a creamer, sugar container, coffee pot and a rectangular tray are worth around $90.
Wm. Rogers silver cocktail shakers are worth around $70.
Wm. Rogers silver champagne buckets are worth around $60.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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