AMERICAN SILVER PLATE MARKS
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SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER MAKERS



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AMERICAN SILVER PLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER - ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF MAKERS:
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AMERICAN SILVERPLATE MARKS
Aa / Al      Am / Az      Ba / Bh      Bi / Bz      C      D      E      F      G      H      I      J      K      L      Ma / Mh      Mi / Mz      N      O      P      Q      Ra / Rn      Ro / Rz      Sa / Sl      Sm / Sz      T      U      V      Wa / Wd      We / Wz      X      Y      Z     
AMERICAN SILVERSMITHS         GORHAM      INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF      MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO      REED & BARTON      ROGERS      TIFFANY & CO      TOWLE      WALLACE
FLATWARE PATTERNS         GORHAM      INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF CORPORATION      REED & BARTON      1847 ROGERS BROS      TOWLE MFG CO      WALLACE SILVERSMITHS INC.     
Eagle Silver Co - Providence, RI EAGLE SILVER CO - Providence, RI
Active 1922-1953. Manufacturer of sterling silver novelties
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section EAGLE STERLING CO

Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section EASTERLING COMPANY
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section EASTWOOD-PARK COMPANY
M.Eisenstadt Jewelry Co - St Luois, MO M. EISENSTADT JEWELRY CO - St Louis, MO
Wholesale distributors of silverware and jewelry founded in 1853. In 1904 the firm changed to M.Eisenstadt Manufacturing Co and later to M.Eisenstadt Mfg Co, being still active in 1975
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section ELECTRIC CHAIN COMPANY OF CANADA
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section ELGIN SILVERSMITHS CO INC
P.W.ELLIS CO into an oval mark, P,W. Ellis & Company, Toronto, Ontario, c. 1852/1928
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
ELLIS & COMPANY P.W. - Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Active 1852/1928.Situated at 4 Toronto Street (1879). In 1880 the partners were Philip W. Ellis and Matthew C. Ellis, joined in 1890 by George Ellis. The firm used the SOVEREIGN PLATE trademark for its silverplate production.
Ellis-Barker Silver Companies - England & New York Ellis-Barker Silver Companies - England & New York Ellis-Barker Silver Companies - England & New York Ellis-Barker Silver Companies - England & New York Ellis-Barker Silver Companies - England & New York ELLIS-BARKER SILVER COMPANIES - England & New York
founded in England. Opened an American branch in 1897 (Samuel Buckley & Co - NY). In 1931 they purchased Ellis Silver Co. A 1978 advertisement says "Division of Towle"


Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section ELLMORE SILVER CO. INC.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section ELGIN SILVER CO. INC.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section EMPIRE ART METAL WORKS
a trade name of BENEDICT MANUFACTURING CO EMPIRE BRAND
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section EMPIRE CRAFT CORPORATION
Empire Silver Plate Co - Brooklyn , NY Empire Silver Plate Co - Brooklyn , NY EMPIRE SILVER PLATE CO - Brooklyn , NY
Advertised in 1896 as manufacturer and importer of silverplated hollowares.
English Silver Mfg. Corp. - Brooklyn, NY English Silver Mfg. Corp. - Brooklyn, NY English Silver Mfg. Corp. - Brooklyn, NY English Silver Mfg. Corp. - Brooklyn, NY ENGLISH SILVER MFG CORP - Brooklyn, NY
Manufacturer of silverplated wares from 1950. Some of its articles are marketed by Leonard Silver Manufacturing Company


Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section EOFF & SHEPERD
Eton Silver Inc. - Glendale, NY ETON SILVER INC. - Glendale, NY
active since 1960


Eureka Mfg. Co. - Taunton, MA EUREKA MFG.CO - Taunton, MA
active 1950' - 1960'


Evans Case Co - North Attleboro, MA
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
EVANS CASE & CO - North Attleboro, MA
Active since the 1920s. Became a division of the Hilsingor Corp.
The two common forms of plated silver are Sheffield plate and silverplate/electroplate.
Sheffield Plate is a cheaper substitute for sterling, produced by fusing sheets of silver to the top and bottom of a sheet of copper or base metal. This 'silver sandwich' was then worked into finished pieces. At first it was only put on one side and later was on top and bottom.
Modern electroplating was invented by Italian chemist Luigi V. Brugnatelli in 1805. Brugnatelli used his colleague Alessandro Volta's invention of five years earlier, the voltaic pile, to facilitate the first electrodeposition. Unfortunately, Brugnatelli's inventions were repressed by the French Academy of Sciences and did not become used in general industry for the following thirty years.
Silver plate or electroplate is formed when a thin layer of pure or sterling silver is deposited electrolytically on the surface of a base metal. By 1839, scientists in Britain and Russia had independently devised metal deposition processes similar to Brugnatelli's for the copper electroplating of printing press plates.
Soon after, John Wright of Birmingham, England, discovered that potassium cyanide was a suitable electrolyte for gold and silver electroplating.
Wright's associates, George Elkington and Henry Elkington were awarded the first patents for electroplating in 1840. These two then founded the electroplating industry in Birmingham England from where it spread around the world.
Common base metals include copper, brass, nickel silver - an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel - and Britannia metal-a tin alloy with 5-10% antimony. Electroplated materials are often stamped EPNS for electroplated nickel or silver, or EPBM for electroplated Britannia metal.
Sheffield plate by the fusion process was not made in America, but factories here did turn out quantities of electroplated silver. In fact, it was so popular that one English firm with several variations of its name, but all including Dixon, sold quantities of electroplated silver, issued catalogues, and even had a New York showroom.
Today there is a great deal of American plated silver which has been treasured for years. Many families had plated silver as well as fine sterling. Some of it was inherited; some prized for sentimental reasons. If you have this plated ware, and it is as dear to you as fine early silver, then you are among the happy people of this world.
On plated silver the terms 'triple' and 'quadruple' indicate the number of coatings received by the base metal in the electroplating process. Naturally the more metal used in the plating the longer the piece should last. Polishing and wear have taken their toll of much of this plated ware and whether pieces are worth replating depends on their usefulness and your pleasure in them. If you like them well enough to spend money on them, then by all means have the work done, but remember a piece is worth at market value only the metal that is in it, the base metal under the plating being worth very little.

E.P.N.S. (Electroplated Nickel Silver) and EPBM (Electroplated Britannia Metal) are the most common names attributed to silver plate items. But many other names are used for silver plate:
EPWM, Electroplate on White Metal, EPC, Electroplate On Copper, EPCA, Electro Plated Copper Alloy, EPGS - Electro Plated German Silver, EPMS - Electro Plated Magnetic Silver, African Silver, Albion Silver, Alpha Plate, Ambassador Plate, Angle Plate, Argentium, Argentine Plate, Argentum, Ascetic, Austrian Silver, Brazilian Silver, Britanoid, Cardinal Plate, Electrum, Embassy Plate, Encore, Exquisite, Insignia Plate, Kingsley Plate, New Silver, Nevada Silver, Norwegian Silver, Pelican Silver, Potosi Silver, Royal County Plate, Silva Seal, Silverite, Sonora Silver, Spur Silver, Stainless Nickel, Stainless Nickel Silver, Unity Plate, Venetian Silver, Welbeck Plate,
SILVERPLATE MARKS
Pelton Bros. Silver Plate Co. hallmarkRogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmark   Mappin & Webb hallmarkWalker & Hall hallmark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Herrmann factory silver plate mark
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STERLING SILVER OF USA AND CANADA
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
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SILVER MANUFACTURERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Peter Charles Faberge mark    Gorham Athenic hallmark    International Silver Company mark    Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951    Kirk & Son mark    Meriden Britannia Company mark    Reed & Barton mark    Rogers Bros mark    Tiffany hallmarks    Towle Silversmiths mark    Wallace Silversmiths mark    Wiener Werkstatte monogram    WMF hallmarks   
Fabergé    Gorham    International Silver Co    Georg Jensen    Kirk Stieff    Meriden Britannia    Reed & Barton    Rogers    Tiffany & Co    Towle    Wallace    Wiener Werkstatte    WMF   


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