AMERICAN SILVER PLATE MARKS
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SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER MAKERS



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

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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 J.S. MACDONALD CO
Macomber Silver Co - Providence, RI MACOMBER SILVER CO - Providence, RI
Manufacturer of silverplate items c. 1910.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section ERIK MAGNUSSEN
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section HENRY MAHLER
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MAISEL'S INDIAN TRADING POST
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MAJESTIC MFG CO
Majestic Silver Company - New Haven, CT MAJESTIC SILVER COMPANY - New Haven, CT
Founded in 1910 by M.L. Baker as The Regal Silver Manufacturing Company
Maltby, Stevens & Curtiss Co. - Wallingford CT Maltby, Stevens & Curtiss Co. - Wallingford CT
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
MALTBY STEVENS & CURTISS CO - Wallingford CT
electroplaters established at Wallingford in 1883 succeding to Maltby & Stevens (founded at Shelton in 1880). The firm occupied the building of Hall, Elton & Co under a sub-lease from Meriden Britannia Company. In 1887 the Pierrepont Silver Company of Seymour consolidated with this firm transferring to Wallingford its machinery for making German silver hollowware. The business was purchased in 1896 by
Watrous Mfg. Co. and became part of International Silver Co. in 1898
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MANCHESTER MFG CO - Providence RI
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MANCHESTER SILVER CO
Mandalian Mfg Co - North Attleboro, MA
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
MANDALIAN MFG.CO - North Attleboro, MA
Successors to Mandalian & Hawkins. Active c. 1922 - c. 1935. Makers of sterling and silverplate mesh bags and frames
Manhattan Plate Co - New York, NY Manhattan Plate Co - New York, NY MANHATTAN PLATE CO - New York, NY
Founded in 1856, became Manhattan Plating Co in 1872 and Manhattan Silver Plate Co in 1877.
Manhattan Silver Plate Co - Lyons, NY Manhattan Silver Plate Co - Lyons, NY Manhattan Silver Plate Co - Lyons, NY MANHATTAN SILVER PLATE CO - Lyons, NY
successor of Manhattan Plating Co (1877). Incorporated in International Silver Co in 1898
Manning, Bowman & Co. - Meriden, CT Manning, Bowman & Co. - Meriden, CT Manning, Bowman & Co. - Meriden, CT Manning, Bowman & Co. - Meriden, CT MANNING BOWMAN & CO - Meriden, CT
A partnership of E.B. Manning, Joseph H. Parsons and Robert Bowman founded c. 1857 and incorporated in 1887
E.B. MANNING  - Middletown, CT E.B. MANNING - Middletown, CT
maker of Britannia ware 1850-1875
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MARCUS & CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section FRED I. MARCY & CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MARQUAND FREDERICK
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MARSHALL FIELD & CO
Marshall-Wells Hardware Co - Duluth, MN MARSHALL-WELLS HARDWARE CO - Duluth, MN
A hardware wholesler founded in 1886. The firm used the trade mark Zenith
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MASCHMEYER RICHARDS SILVER CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MATHEWS & PRIOR
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MATTHEWS COMPANY
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section KURT MATZDORF
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section THE MAUSER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section RICHARD MAWDSLEY
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section JOSEPH MAYER & BROS
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MAYNARD & TAYLOR
Benjamin J. Mayo - Newark, NJ BENJAMIN J. MAYO - Newark, NJ
Benjamin J. Mayo, primarily an electro-plate maker, but from 1883 also worked in STERLING, not coin. He didn't start making solid silver until well into the sterling era, so the unmarked pieces would have been plated for sure. Worked 1860-1908. Benjamin, William, John and Samuel Mayo. Shop at 337 Broad St., Newark (1860), 382 Broad St. (electroplater, 1862), 116 Broad St. (1865-1866), 376 Broad St. (1868), 887 Broad St. and 769 Broad St. (1870, Mayo Brothers, gold & silver electroplate). Same addresses but sterling silver and plate (1883), Jeweler & Silversmith (1888), jeweler - Importer - silversmith (1890), diamond dealer - jeweler and importer (1893), jeweler (1898)
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section THE McCHESNEY CO
McGlasham-Clarke Co - Niagara Falls Ontario McGlasham-Clarke Co - Niagara Falls Ontario McGlashan, Clarke Co Ltd - Niagara Falls Ontario McGlashan, Clarke Co Ltd - Niagara Falls Ontario McGLASHAN - CLARKE CO LTD - Niagara Falls - Ontario
Founded in the 1880s by Lee McGlashan and Edward G. Clarke in Port Colborne then Niagara Falls, Canada. The company was the first manufacturer of silverplate in Canada and the primary manufacturer of dinnerware for Eaton's department stores in Canada, which it manufactured under the brand name Haddon Plate. They also manufactured and rebranded some products for Wallace. Most of its other products were marked King's Plate or Kings Plate.
John O. Mead - Philadelphia, PA JOHN O. MEAD - Philadelphia, PA
John O. Mead is reputed the first America electro-silver plater in the 1840s/1850s. In 1845 he formed a partnership in Hartford, CT with William and Asa Rogers under the name Rogers & Mead. He established his business in Philadelphia in 1846 under the name John O. Mead and later as J.O. Mead & Sons, Filley & Mead and Mead & Robbins.
Mead & Robbins - Philadelphia, PA MEAD & ROBBINS - Philadelphia, PA
active 1850s-1870s
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section MECHANICS STERLING COMPANY
Meriden Britannia Co silver plate mark Meriden Britannia Co silver plate mark Meriden Britannia Co silver plate mark Meriden Britannia Co silver plate mark Meriden Britannia Company - Meriden CT Meriden Britannia Company - Meriden CT Meriden Britannia Company - Meriden CT Meriden Britannia Company - Meriden CT Meriden Britannia Company - Meriden CT Meriden Britannia Company - Meriden CT
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
MERIDEN BRITANNIA COMPANY - Meriden CT
Organized in 1852 by Horace C. and Dennis C. Wilcox. Meriden Britannia Company officers were among the leaders in the formation of the International Silver Company in 1898.
M.B. & Co marks used until the 1930s.

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Meriden Cutlery Co - Meriden, CT MERIDEN CUTLERY CO - Meriden, CT
A trademark used by
Landers, Frary & Clark after the acquisition of Meriden Cutlery Co (1866)
Meriden Silver Plate Co - Meriden CT mark of Meriden Silver Plate Co after incorporation in International Silver Company Meriden Silver Plate Co - Meriden CT Meriden Silver Plate Co - Meriden CT MERIDEN SILVER PLATE CO - Meriden, CT
Organized in 1869 by Charles Casper and others, was one of the originl companies becoming part of International Silver Company. After International Silver Co. was formed in 1898, the business was moved into the
Meriden Britannia Co. plant. Its large glass cutting department was combined with that of the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. and continued producing a fine line of cut glass until 1915, under the name of Meriden Cut Glass Co. During the early 1900s Meriden Britannia Co. produced an extensive line of medium priced silverplated hollowware under the trademark of the Meriden Silver Plate Co. It continued in active use until 1938
Mermod Jaccard & King Jewelry Co - St Louis, MO Mermod Jaccard & King Jewelry Co - St Louis, MO Mermod Jaccard & King Jewelry Co - St Louis, MO Mermod Jaccard & King Jewelry Co - St Louis, MO Mermod Jaccard & King Jewelry Co - St Louis, MO Mermod Jaccard & King Jewelry Co - St Louis, MO
further marks in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section
MERMOD JACCARD & KING JEWELRY CO - St. Louis, MO
Founded by Louis Jaccard in 1829. The firm ceased its own manufacture of silverware in 1890, retailing goods made by other makers. In 1901 they absorbed
E. Jaccard Jewelry Co and Merrick, Walsh & Phelphs Jewelry. They became part of Scruggs Vandervoort & Barney in 1917 maintaining their identity as a separate corporate body
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section THE MERRILL SHOPS
Merry & Pelton Silver Co - St. Louis, MO MERRY & PELTON SILVER CO - St. Louis, MO
active c. 1904-1909. Possibly succeeded to Pelton Bros Silver Plate Co
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section METAL ARTS CO
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section METALLURGIC ART CO
Metropolitan Silver Co. - New York, NY METROPOLITAN SILVER CO - New York, NY
active 1896-1915 c.
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section WALTER MEYER
Marks and information in AMERICAN STERLING SILVER section WILLIAM B. MEYERS CO
R. M F G CO- Philadelphia, PA - non identified R. M F G CO - Philadelphia, PA
non identified
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
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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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