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A Short History of the 1847 Rogers Vintage Grape Pattern
The Vintage pattern design features multiple grape clusters with leaves and tendrils on the handles. Additional portions of the pattern motif can be found on some blades, in the bowls of some spoons and above the tines on some forks. The Vintage pattern was made by the Meriden Britannia Company, a division of the International Silver Co. and sold under the 1847 Rogers trademark. It was designed by International's staff designer Samuel Stohr and quickly became one of the most popular silver plated patterns ever produced. The Vintage pattern was made from 1904 through 1918 and throughout this time the company continued to add items to the line. By 1916 there were over 100 different pieces available in this pattern. Several other grape patterns were made during that period by other manufactures, namely Moselle 1906 by American Silver World Brand, La Vigne 1908 by Oneida 1881 Rogers, La Concorde 1910 by Oneida, Wm. A. Rogers. These patterns are also quite sought after by collectors.
Many of the over 100 different pieces produced are extremely rare. For example, Asparagus Tongs, Fish Knives and Fish Forks did not have as high a demand as other pieces so their production was limited. On the other hand, dinner forks and teaspoons are much easier to find. Dinner knives are somewhat harder to find because the silver plated blades were not as durable and over the years many have been discarded. The knives have silver plated blades and like all plated blades of that period, were subject to rusting and wear unless properly taken care of. Stainless blade technology was not available until some years later. The Vintage pattern remains one of the most sought after and collectible silver plated patterns ever made.
The illustrations are copies of original ads and catalog sheets.