AMERICAN SILVER PLATE MARKS
MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF USA AND CANADA
SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER MAKERS



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HOW TO READ, DECRYPT AND IDENTIFY THE MARKS
ON AMERICAN SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER

LITERAL MARKS - INITIAL LETTERS    A     B     C     D     E     F     G     H     I     J     K     L     M     N     O     P     Q     R     S     T     U     V     W     X     Y     Z     
AMERICAN SILVERSMITHS         ALVIN CORPORATION      BLACK, STARR & FROST       J.E.CALDWELL & CO    CLEMENS FRIEDELL    WILLIAM GALE    GORHAM      HOLMES & EDWARDS    HOTCHKISS & SCHREUDER    INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF      DANIEL LOW & CO      LUNT SILVERSMITHS      MAUSER MFG. CO      MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO      POOLE SILVER CO      REED & BARTON      BERNARD RICE'S SONS      ROGERS      GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO      SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW      SIMPSON, HALL, MILLER & CO      WILLIAM SPRATLING      ARTHUR STONE      TIFFANY & CO      TOWLE      TUTTLE SILVERSMITHS     WALLACE      WATSON COMPANY      E.G. WEBSTER & SON     WHITING MFG CO     WILCOX SILVER PLATE CO
FLATWARE PATTERNS         GORHAM      HOLMES & EDWARDS     INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF CORPORATION      ONEIDA SILVERSMITHS      REED & BARTON      1847 ROGERS BROS      TOWLE MFG CO      WALLACE SILVERSMITHS INC.     
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section WM. GALE
W. T. Gale & Co - Boston, MA W. T. GALE & CO - Boston, MA
Acive in Boston 1867-1874, with a shop at 221 Washington Street. On its closure he went east to work for Tiffany.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GALT & BRO INC.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section ALBERT J. GANNON
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GARDEN SILVERSMITHS
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GAYLORD SILVERCRAFT
Gebelein Silversmiths - Boston, MA
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section                                                                                                                                            .
GEBELEIN SILVERSMITHS - Boston, MA
Founded by George C. Gebelein in 1909. In 1945 the firm was incorporated as Gebelein Silversmiths Inc. The firm moved to East Arlington, VT, in 1986. This mark was used on handhammered silver-lined copper bowls, silverplate products and pewter "reproductions" of special items
GEM Silver Co - not identified GEM Silver Co - not identified GEM SILVER CO
not identified
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GENERAL MERCHANDISING CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GENOVA SILVER CO INC
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section ARTHUR R. GEOFFROY
Gerity Products Inc. - Toledo, OH GERITY PRODUCTS INC - Toledo, OH
possibly active since 1890s
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GEORGE E. GERMER
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section F.S. GILBERT & CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section P.J. GILL / PATRICK GILL & SONS CO
Gist Silversmiths - Placerville, CA Gist Silversmiths - Placerville, CA Gist Silversmiths - Placerville, CA
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
GIST SILVERSMITHS - Placerville, CA
Founded by Gary Gist in 1968 and now managed with his sons Branden and Chad. Manufacturers of western jewelry, buckles and novelties in sterling silver and silver/gold electroplated
Glastonbury Silver Co. - Chicago, IL Glastonbury Silver Co. - Chicago, IL GLASTOBURY SILVER CO - Chicago, IL
active 1920-1950 c.


Roswell Gleason & Sons - Dorchester, MA R. Gleason & Sons - Dorchester, MA R. Gleason & Sons - Dorchester, MA R.GLEASON & SONS - Dorchester, MA
Active in
Washington St., Dorchester. Pewter makers founded by Roswell Gleason in 1822. In the 1850s his sons Roswell Jr. and Edward entered in the business. Active as electroplaters from 1850 to 1871.
R. Gleason & Sons - Dorchester, MA W.H. GLENNY & CO - Rochester, NY
Wholesale and retail silverware, jewelry and souvenir spoons (1876-1911)
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section W.H. GLENNY, SONS & CO
Goldfeder Silveware Company Inc. - Yalesville CT Goldfeder Silveware Company Inc. - Yalesville CT Goldfeder Silveware Company Inc. - Yalesville CT GOLDFEDER SILVERWARE COMPANY INC - Yalesville CT
Established in 1932. Succeeded by Birmingham Silver Co.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GOLD RECOVERY & REFINING CORP
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GOODNOW & JENKS
Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island Gorham Corporation - Providence Rhode Island
further marks in
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
GORHAM CORPORATION - Providence Rhode Island
founded by Jabez Gorham (circa 1815-1818)

Gorham Corporation:
HISTORY and DATE LETTERS & SYMBOLS



Gotham Silver Co. Inc. - New York, NY Gotham Silver Co. Inc. - New York, NY Gotham Silver Co. Inc. - New York, NY GOTHAM SILVER CO INC - New York, NY
active since 1920's
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section HATTIE GORNEY
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GOULD & LEWIS CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GRAFF, WASHBOURNE & DUNN
GRAND SILVER CO - Bronx, NY GRAND SILVER CO - Bronx, NY
Established in 1911 and provided catering silverware, glassware and china.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GRA-WUN STUDIO
Green Duck Metal Stamping Co - Chicago, IL Green Duck Metal Stamping Co - Chicago, IL Green Duck Metal Stamping Co - Chicago, IL
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
GREEN DUCK METAL STAMPING CO - Chicago, IL
The Green Duck Co. was founded in Chicago in 1906 by George G. Greenburg and Harvey Ducgheisel. The "Greenduck" name was taken from the first syllables of their last names and was meant to be one word, but people tended to use it as two words, so the company became the Green Duck Metal Stamping Co. It produced various metal items such as license plates, tokens, clickers, watch fobs, and lithographed buttons. They were the makers of the official 1933 World Fair Chicago A Century of progress Souvenir Spoons made in STERLING, SILVERPLATE and "DIRIGOLD". The company changed ownership and moved from Chicago to Hernando, Mississippi in 1962. After another change of property in 1983 the Green Duck Metal Stamping Co went out of business in 2004.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section C.F. GREENWOOD & BRO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GROSJEAN & WOODWARD
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section PETER GUILLE LTD
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section A.T. GUNNER & CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GUSTAFSON CRAFT
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section GYLLENBERG & SWANSON
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section FREDERICK GYLLENBERG
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
USA & Canada      English Electroplate     Old Sheffied Plate      Continental     

STERLING SILVER OF USA AND CANADA
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
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HOW TO READ, DECRYPT AND IDENTIFY THE MARKS
ON AMERICAN STERLING SILVER

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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