I have silver by Rogers Brothers, 1847. It also has two letters after, that are I S. Can anyone tell me if this is sterling silver or not and what do the letters I S mean? The pattern is First Love.
By Jeannine from Lake Charles, LA
"IS" is an abbreviation for International Silver which bought Rogers Bros in 1898. The "1847" refers to Rogers founding a new process and not the date of manufacture .
Ditto SieraStar's post; also, your piece is silverplate, and the First Love pattern was first produced in 1937 and was discontinued in 1973.
It was one of Rogers/ IS most popular Art Deco patterns--meaning there are loads of 'em out there. The more floral ornamentation on it, the closer to the late 30's through early 50's it is; if it's sparse on the floral decoration, it's likely one of the later pieces, 60's through '73.
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